Salisbury, MD: Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District is pleased to announce a COVID-19 Emergency Grant opportunity for area artists, as well as, arts and entertainment related businesses located within the arts district. A total of $15,000 will be granted out to the community, with award amounts ranging from $500 – $2,000, made possible by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. Interested artists and organizations are encouraged to submit an application by January 15th, with awards announced February 1, 2021.
Individual artists must be 18 years of age, residents of Wicomico County, and must have participated in art related activities within Salisbury Arts District within the last two years. Activities that qualify include participating in events like 3rd Friday, showing work at a Downtown Salisbury Art Gallery, selling works within the Arts District via retailers, or performing at venues in Downtown Salisbury – including at bars & restaurants. Local visual artists and performing artists are encouraged to apply.
Local organizations can also apply, but must engage in arts or entertainment related activities, and be physically located within the Arts District. The boundaries of the Arts District are congruent with the general Downtown Salisbury footprint. Both for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply.
“This funding is intended to help the many area artists, gigging musicians, galleries and creative businesses that have been hit hard by COVID-19 and my goal is to get as many applications as I can” says Executive Director Jamie Heater. A selection committee made up of Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District Board Members will go through each application to determine award amounts. Applications are available online, for more information visit www.salisburyartsdistrict.com/connect