ARTIST RESOURCES

Incentives and Perks of Bromo

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT TAX INCENTIVES

As an artist living or creating within the district, you can qualify for incentives that will save you money. Are you an artist living or working in Bromo? Let us know.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT TAX INCENTIVES

As an artist living or creating within the district, you can qualify for incentives that will save you money.

INCOME TAX SUBTRACTION MODIFICATION

Qualifying artists who own or rent residential real property in Baltimore City and who conduct business in the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District, may be eligible for a Maryland personal income tax subtraction modification to eliminate state and local income tax on their income from the sale, publication, or production within the District of their artistic work that is written, composed, or executed within the District. This includes income derived from internet, mail order, and catalog sales of artistic work that is shipped from within the District to buyers in another location, if the qualifying artist created that artistic work within the District. Maryland Form 502AE: “Subtraction For Income Derived Within An Arts and Entertainment District” can be found here. Learn more about the incentive and eligibility requirements here.

ADMISSION & AMUSEMENT TAX EXEMPTION

Enterprises dedicated to visual or performing arts located within the Arts & Entertainment District are exempt from the collection of the State of Maryland’s Admissions and Amusement Tax. Businesses must qualify for the exemption through the City of Baltimore Department of Finance and notification must be provided to the State of Maryland’s Comptroller’s Office in order to be eligible. Complete the Admission and Amusement Tax Exemption form to qualify for the exemption. Information & application about the State exemption can be found here.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT PROPERTY TAX CREDIT

Artists or arts and entertainment enterprises may receive a 10-year property tax credit for renovated buildings that provide live-work space for artists and/or space for arts and entertainment enterprises. The property tax credit is prorated to reflect the proportion of a rehabbed building and only applies to improvements made to the property. Property owners renovating live-work spaces in an A&E district can contact the MD State Department of Assessments and Taxation to determine the building’s eligibility. Within 90 days following receipt of a tax assessment, property owners must file a tax credit application with the City’s Department of Finance. Property owners must annually re-certify that the building is being used in compliance with the property tax credit. Information & Application can be found here.

ARTIST HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES  

  • Four Ten Lofts offers 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom lofts, and 3 bedroom affordable artist and market rate units. Designed for artists and built for the community.

 

STUDIO SPACE 

 

ARTS ORGANIZATIONS & PARTNERS

  • Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) advances the arts in Maryland by providing leadership that champions creative expression, diverse programming, equitable access, lifelong learning, and the arts as a celebrated contributor to the quality of life for all the people of Maryland. They offer resources for individual artists and arts organization, including grants, professional development sessions, and marketing opportunities. They also provide an extensive list for arts events throughout the state. 
  • Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) serves as the arts council, events producer, and film office for the City of Baltimore.  BOPA uplifts Baltimore’s creative community through funding and support to artists, arts programs, and organizations across the City. 
  • Downtown Partnership of Baltimore (DPOB) is your connection to everything that’s happening in Maryland’s largest business center, cultural district, and fastest-growing neighborhoods. 
  • Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) creates equity and opportunity for arts and culture in Greater Baltimore by serving artists and arts, cultural, and humanities organizations. 
  • Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (MdVLA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting Maryland artists’ legal rights. Through the help of our professionally trained network of lawyers, we proudly provide pro bono legal referrals and services to artists in the state of Maryland. We hold lectures and seminars as well as Art Law Clinics for consultations, and we generate educational materials to keep you in the know. 
  • Americans for the Arts builds recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and leads, serves, and advances the diverse networks of organizations and individuals who cultivate the arts in America.

 

FUNDING & GRANT OPPORTUNITIES 

  • Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts offers annual grant opportunities for Baltimore City based individual artists and arts organizations.
  • Maryland State Arts Council offers annual grant opportunities for Maryland based artists, arts & entertainment districts, county arts agencies, Folklife Network collaborators, nonprofits, government, universities, and schools. 
  • Maryland Heritage Area Authority provides matching grants to nonprofit organizations and government entities for capital and non-capital projects located within a Heritage Area. Grants can support projects involving historical, cultural or natural resources, sites, events, or facilities.
  • The Neighborhood Design Center created the Arts Space Technical Assistance program and works with artist owned and/or operated spaces in developing their visions, aligning conceptual plans with life safety code compliance, and offering guidance in navigating Baltimore City’s approval and regulatory process.
  • Rubys Artist Grants provide direct funding of up to $15,000 to Baltimore-area artists to support innovative projects with significant impact. Grants are offered in four broad discipline categories for the creation of new artwork.

 

RESOURCES 

Maryland State Arts Council

Emily Sollenberger Dobbins
Program Director, Arts Services
401 East Pratt Street, Ste. 1400
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

emily.sollenberger@maryland.gov

 

Artist Income Tax Inquiries

Revenue Administration Division
Comptroller of Maryland
110 Carroll Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21411

(410) 260-7982

 

Admissions & Amusement Tax Inquiries

Maryland State Comptroller’s Office
301 West Preston Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

(410) 767-1557

 

Property Tax Credit Inquiries

Department of Assessments and Taxation
301 West Preston Street, Room 808
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

410-767-1191