Press Release

July 27, 2021
Cardin Lauds Nearly $130M in Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Awards to More Than 120 MD Venues

Program Has Awarded $7.5B to More Than 10,000 Venues Nationwide 

Cardin Helped Establish Bipartisan $16.25B Program to Support Venues Affected by the Pandemic

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Chair Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today issued a statement after the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Program reached a new milestone of successfully awarding more than $7.5 billion to more than 10,000 venues nationwide, including more than $130 million to more than 120 venues in Maryland.

“I am grateful that live venues and cultural institutions in Maryland and nationwide are beginning to receive the aid they need to survive the COVID-19 pandemic and recover from the worst economic crisis in nearly 100 years,” Cardin said. “I have already heard from many venue operators across Maryland who intend to use their SVOG funds to catch up on bills, quickly rehire staff, and prepare for reopening. Last year life changed for all of us, practically overnight, so I am looking forward to the return of winding box office lines and lit-up marquees in the months ahead as our communities continue to recover from COVID-19.”  

SBA’s announcement comes on the heels of a press conference hosted by Cardin and Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.) yesterday on the front steps of the Baltimore Center Stage, where the Members were joined by Baltimore venue operators who have received SVOG awards and promised continued support for businesses struggling to get back on their feet.

Congress created SVOG in the bipartisan Economic Aid Act passed in December, which also appropriated $15 billion to the program. An additional $1.25 billion in funding for the program was included in President Joe Biden’s historic American Rescue Plan.

SVOG provides grants of up to $10 million to live venue operators and promotors, theatrical producers, live performing arts organizations, museums, independent movie theaters, and talent representatives that can demonstrate a revenue loss of at least 25 percent due to the pandemic. Grant awards are for an amount equal to 45% of the recipient organization’s 2019 gross earned revenue, up to $10 million.

A list of Maryland SVOG award recipients, broken down by county, follows:

Name of Venue

City

Grant Amount

Allegany County

Cumberland Summer Theatre, Inc – SVOG

Cumberland

$             96,615.00

Tri-State Community Concert Association – SVOG

Cumberland

$             46,850.00

Mountain City Center for the Arts, LLC – SVOG

Frostburg

$             45,119.00

Country Club Cinemas, Inc. – SVOG

LaVale

$          914,214.42

Anne Arundel County

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Inc – SVOG

Annapolis

$          429,814.10

International Renaissance Festival, Ltd. – SVOG

Annapolis

$       1,737,122.85

Children’s Theatre of Annapolis – SVOG

Annapolis

$          101,136.59

The Annapolis Chorale – SVOG

Annapolis

$             91,547.25

Annapolis Opera Inc – SVOG

Annapolis

$             82,840.42

XPEDITION LLC – SVOG

Annapolis

$             13,901.52

Rams Head Promotions of Key West LLC – SVOG

Annapolis

$       1,280,807.88

WM Enterprises Inc – SVOG

Annapolis

$       3,695,815.80

Ballet Theatre of Maryland Inc – SVOG

Annapolis

$          156,751.96

National Artists Corporation – SVOG

Annapolis

$       2,309,574.09

Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Inc. – SVOG

Annapolis

$          187,935.30

Marley Station Movies Inc. – SVOG

Glen Burnie

$          942,887.70

Sun Valley Movies , Inc. – SVOG

Glen Burnie

$          395,381.25

Advanced Entertainment Services, Inc. – SVOG

Hanover

$          575,165.40

MOONRISE, LLC – SVOG

Linthicum Heights

$       3,059,223.30

Steez Promo Events, LLC – SVOG

Linthicum Heights

$       1,352,219.63

Baltimore City

Theatrical Entertainment Inc. – SVOG

Baltimore

$       1,044,158.40

Lounge KC LLC – SVOG

Baltimore

$       1,112,486.10

Maryland Academy of Sciences – SVOG

Baltimore

$       1,365,678.20

The Producers Club of Maryland, Inc. – SVOG

Baltimore

$             84,864.80

Dapper Appetite LLC – SVOG

Baltimore

$             29,579.94

Baltimore Improv Group – SVOG

Baltimore

$          122,335.00

ArtsCentric, Inc. – SVOG

Baltimore

$             50,198.85

York Road Cinema, LLC – SVOG

Baltimore

$          704,064.63

Noise & Nexus Bookings, LLC – SVOG

Baltimore

$             90,375.00

Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, Inc – SVOG

Baltimore

$             20,732.88

Therres Starleigh Entertainment – SVOG

Baltimore

$             85,466.03

Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Inc. – SVOG

Baltimore

$             12,876.75

Le Mondo – SVOG

Baltimore

$             17,411.31

Iron Crow Theatre – SVOG

Baltimore

$             17,243.17

Baltimore Management Agency LLC – SVOG

Baltimore

$          146,000.00

Creative Alliance, Inc. – SVOG

Baltimore

$          143,860.90

Baltimore Rock Opera Society, Inc. – SVOG

Baltimore

$             34,276.70

Center Stage Associates, Inc. – SVOG

Baltimore

$          708,566.35

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Inc. – SVOG

Baltimore

$       1,520,275.75

Baltimore Museum of Industry, Inc. – SVOG

Baltimore

$          324,071.75

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company – SVOG

Baltimore

$          323,613.50

Iguana Cantina, LLC dba Baltimore Soundstage – SVOG

Baltimore

$       1,801,220.60

Baltimore Theatre Project, Inc. – SVOG

Baltimore

$             60,418.68

Baltimore Comedy Factory LLC – SVOG

Baltimore

$       1,931,134.95

National Aquarium, Inc. – SVOG

Baltimore

$    10,000,000.00

Engineered Fear, LLC – SVOG

Baltimore

$             74,054.15

Baltimore Concert Opera – SVOG

Baltimore

$             46,252.17

The Everyman Theatre, Inc. – SVOG

Baltimore

$          656,991.05

Consensual Reality, LLC – SVOG

Baltimore

$          364,986.90

RE Entertainment LLC – SVOG

Baltimore

$          573,318.90

Hippodrome Foundation, Inc. – SVOG

Baltimore

$          217,706.85

Lyric Foundation, Inc. – SVOG

Baltimore

$       3,440,556.45

Baltimore Movies, Inc. – SVOG

Baltimore

$          729,850.05

Musical Encounters Inc – SVOG

Brooklyn

$             64,467.85

Baltimore County

LYRICA CLASSIC ENTERTAINMENT INC. – SVOG

Rosedale

$               9,304.39

Multi-Cinemas Corporation, NC – SVOG

Reisterstown

$       1,217,974.05

Hanover Theater Partners LP – SVOG

Reisterstown

$       1,674,283.50

Upfront Inc – SVOG

Pikesville

$       2,087,113.90

Next Act Entertainment, Inc – SVOG

Pikesville

$          271,161.55

TMD Inc. – SVOG

Owings Mills

$          564,726.05

Drew & Sons LLC – SVOG

Middle River

$               4,500.00

Arts On Stage, LTD – SVOG

Lutherville

$          128,798.87

Carroll County

Patapsco Valley Chapter of SPEBSQSA – SVOG

Finksburg

$             10,221.75

Cecil County

Plumpton Park Zoological Gardens, Inc. – SVOG

Rising Sun

$          308,103.80

Street Lamp Productions, LLC. – SVOG

Rising Sun

$             45,019.67

Charles County

Port Tobacco PLayers – SVOG

La Plata

$          132,705.69

Frederick County

New Spire Arts, Inc. – SVOG

Frederick

$             65,838.60

Endangered Species Theatre Project – SVOG

Frederick

$             34,715.81

D.C. CONCERT MINISTRIES, INC. – SVOG

Frederick

$             15,656.85

Walther Productions Inc. DBA All Good Presents – SVOG

Frederick

$       1,208,557.33

Frederick Arts Council – SVOG

Frederick

$             48,849.75

Maryland Ensemble Theatre, Inc – SVOG

Frederick

$          289,281.63

Kiska Corporate Enterprises, Inc. – SVOG

Walkersville

$          141,322.05

Harford County

Fallston Movies Inc. – SVOG

Fallston

$       1,504,715.85

Howard County

Columbia Festival, Inc. – SVOG

Columbia

$             26,314.18

Networks Presentations LLC – SVOG

Columbia

$       2,653,175.36

Candlelight Concert Society, Inc. – SVOG

Columbia

$             22,486.64

Bromley Productions, LLC – SVOG

Columbia

$             39,333.80

The Band’s Visit National Tour LLC – SVOG

Columbia

$       9,066,011.41

Waitress Touring LLC – SVOG

Columbia

$       9,781,407.88

Fiddler Touring LLC – SVOG

Columbia

$       9,893,728.45

Columbia Orchestra of Howard County, Inc – SVOG

Ellicott city

$             58,728.60

Truflow Hub – SVOG

Ellicott City

$               7,000.00

Kent County

OuterArts Maryland, Inc. – SVOG

Chestertown

$             17,457.00

Mountgomery County

Round House Theatre, Inc. – SVOG

Bethesda

$          556,072.74

Imagination Stage, Inc. – SVOG

Bethesda

$          685,229.25

It’s My Venue, LLC – SVOG

Bethesda

$    10,000,000.00

It’s My Amphitheater, Inc. dba Merriweather Post Pavilion – SVOG

Bethesda

$    10,000,000.00

Gold Coast Theaters LLC – SVOG

Bethesda

$          292,193.10

The International Association of Blacks in Dance – SVOG

Silver Spring

$          226,287.07

Edward Yohannes – SVOG

Silver Spring

$             41,348.00

FS Holdings LLC – SVOG

Silver Spring

$          210,268.80

Theatre Consortium Of Silver Spring, Inc., The – SVOG

Silver Spring

$             39,900.48

FALUN DAFA ASSOCIATION OF WASHINGTON DC, INC. – SVOG

Silver Spring

$       2,011,970.70

Edward Arrendell DBA The Management Ark – SVOG

Silver Spring

$          248,926.50

Tarpeh Entertainment Group Live – SVOG

Silver Spring

$          137,366.55

Adventure Theatre Inc – SVOG

Glen Echo

$          523,