Maryland Arts Summit

FY 2021 Arts Budget News

Monday, January 27, 2020

As of January 23, 2020: On January 15, 2020, Governor Hogan released his fiscal year 2021 budget to the Maryland General Assembly (MGA). Governor Hogan has shown his continued commitment to supporting strong state investment for the Maryland arts sector. Within his proposal, he is recommending to fully fund the mandated appropriation for the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), which amounts to $26 million. This increase of $1.5 million represents an incredible and, once again, record investment for the Maryland arts sector!

In addition to this exciting budget news coming out of Annapolis, this legislative session has the potential to be a banner year for the arts in Maryland! The MGA leadership is hard at work supporting the arts sector through the following legislative means:

  1. HB 127: Arts and Culture Capital Bill
    • This bill designates $10 million per year for Maryland arts programs in need of capital investment.
    • The bill is sponsored by Delegate Lierman and Senator Elfreth.
  2. HB 135: $1 million to support the MSAC through Admission & Amusement Tax
    • This bill eliminates a provision that was set to discontinue funds that have gone to the MSAC for the past half-decade and helped increase the MSAC budget by
      almost 60% during that time. Many of you might remember MCA working on Chapter 145 – This bill codifies the language in Chapter 145 and ensures that MSAC
      continues its yearly gains of record funding.
    • This bill is sponsored by Delegate Lierman and Senator Guzzone.

Maryland Citizens for the Arts lauds this budget recommendation and the fully endorses this amount, along with the support of the legislators who endorse the proposed upcoming bills. Furthermore, we are extraordinarily thankful for the support that Governor Hogan and his administration have shown with this proposal. Over the past several years, MCA has worked with the Governor’s administration and the MGA in order to ensure that MSAC receives an appropriation that echoes the astounding success and growth of the arts sector in our state. Thanks to your help and advocacy efforts, we have successfully grown the MSAC appropriation by over 70% in the past seven years.

There is still plenty of work that needs to be done for the FY21 session. We need YOUR voices to be heard as we continue our efforts in championing these incredible pieces of arts legislation and the work that MSAC does!

Please take the time, if you have not done so already, to please register for our flagship arts advocacy event, Maryland Arts Day 2020, held in Annapolis on February 13, 2020. THIS is the year to attend Maryland Arts Day and champion critical arts investment in your communities. Let’s beat last year’s attendance of 650 attendees! See you in Annapolis, Advocates!