Cumberland Times-News

July 17, 2009

MSO receives American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Grant

For the Cumberland Times-News

HAGERSTOWN — Gov. Martin O’Malley has announced that the Maryland Symphony Orchestra is one of 29 Maryland arts organizations awarded a Maryland Arts Employment Stabilization Program grant by the Maryland State Arts Council.

A total of $306,050 was awarded to the organizations. The MSO will receive $12,500.

The funds, which were awarded to Maryland from the National Endowment for the Arts through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, are being used to help preserve arts jobs that have been threatened during the economic downturn.

“The Maryland Employment Stabilization grants will have an impact on the organizational and artistic effectiveness of 29 important arts organizations by making it possible for them to maintain or reinstitute jobs,” said E. Scott Johnson, chairman of the Maryland State Arts Council. “These jobs will affect the organizations’ ability to serve their community thereby adding to the quality of life in our state.”

“The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is the area’s premier professional orchestra, dedicated to providing musical performances that educate and entertain, while enhancing the cultural environment of Western Maryland and the surrounding region.

For more information about the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, visit the MSO Web site at