Arts & Entertainment District

An Arts and Entertainment District is a geographically designated area in which a high concentration of arts and entertainment facilities serve as an anchor attraction. The intent of the District is to stimulate neighborhood revitalization, improve the attractiveness and safety of areas, stimulate business activity (particularly in the evenings and on weekends), attract residents and visitors and build the tax base.

The tax incentives available upon the designated Arts and Entertainment District include: an income tax subtraction modification for qualifying residing artists; a property tax credit; and an exemption from the Admissions and Amusement Tax.

Maryland’s Coast is home to two A&E districts with a concentration of cultural venues and arts activities: Berlin and Snow Hill. The program stimulates revitalization and business development, attracts residents and visitors, and builds the tax base. 

The designation offers incentives to artists, arts organizations and creative businesses:

  • Artist Income Tax Subtraction Modification
  • Property Tax Incentives
  • Admissions & Amusement Tax Exemption

Strategies supported by the A&E Districts program include:

  • Creating accessible and unique arts destinations
  • Leveraging the state’s regional identities, natural resources, and heritage
  • Facilitating dynamic arts experiences that engage community and attract visitors
  • Enabling artists of all disciplines to live, work, and prosper
  • Investing in the power of place

Ann Coates, Owner, Bishop’s

Stock, Snow Hill A&E District

Since 2003, Worcester-County native Ann Coates has owned and operated one of the region’s most highly acclaimed art galleries. Bishop’s Stock – named for ancestor Henry Bishop who settled in Maryland in the 1640’s – has been an anchor tenant of Snow Hill’s A&E district. The light-filled space invites visitors to browse their collections and watch artists at work. Recognizing her customer’s affinity for fine art and good wine, Ann expanded the gallery in 2010 to include a wine shop. From magnificent oil paintings and sculpture to woven wearable art, jewelry and hand-painted cards, the gallery represents both nationally renowned and emerging artists.

Jeffrey Auxer Designs

Blown Glass Gallery & Studio

Inspired by an elective course in glassblowing while studying business at Salisbury University, Jeffrey Auxer today fuses his passions for art and commerce at his eponymous studio. He chose to open his gallery and atelier in Berlin’s A&E district in 2009 after learning about the benefits the designation offered working artists. In addition to offering glass blowing classes, Jeff designs and fabricates his exquisite glass chandeliers and artworks for commercial properties and private collections.

Artist Income Tax Subtraction Modification

A qualified residing artist who lives in Maryland and sells artistic work in any of the 25 A&E Districts throughout the State is eligible for the income tax subtraction modification on income derived from their in-district sales (for performing artists, this includes income derived from performances in a district; for all “qualified residing artists”, this includes internet sales originating in a district.)

  • Qualifying residing artist” means an individual who owns or rents residential real property in the State; conducts a business in any arts and entertainment district; and derives income from the sale or performance within any arts and entertainment
    district of an artistic work that the individual wrote, composed, or executed, either alone or with others, in any arts and entertainment district.
  • “Artistic work” means original and creative work that is created, written, composed,
    or executed in one of these categories: A book or other writing; play or play performance; musical composition or performance; painting or other picture; sculpture; traditional or fine crafts; creation of a film or acting; creation of a dance or dance performance; creation of original jewelry, clothing, or design.
  • “Arts and entertainment enterprise” means a for–profit or nonprofit entity dedicated to visual or performing arts.
For more information on opportunities in Worcester’s two A&E Districts, contact:

Berlin A&E

Ivy Wells
[email protected]
(410) 629-1722

Snow Hill A&E

Lorissa McAllister
[email protected]
Office: 410-632-2080
Mobile: 443-900-1051

Fund Managers

There are seven fund managers in Maryland (see below) who oversee the distribution of VLT funds.
For more information about VLT contact the fund manager in your area: 

Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp

Stephen Primosch, VP of Financial Services
2660 Riva Road, Suite 200
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 222-7410
[email protected]

Maryland Capital Enterprises Inc.

Stephen Primosch, VP of Financial Services
2660 Riva Road, Suite 200
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 222-7410
[email protected]

Baltimore County, Maryland

Stanley Jacobs, Chief Lending Officer
C/O Department of Economic and Workforce Development
400 Washington Avenue, Suite 100
Towson, MD. 21204
(410) 887-8000
[email protected]

City of Baltimore Development Corp.

Jeffrey P. Pillas, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
36 S. Charles Street, Suite 1600
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 837-9305
[email protected]

Howard County Economic Development Authority

Darshni Patel, Loan Fund Manager
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 500
Columbia, MD 21046
(410) 313-6512
[email protected]

Tri County Council for Western Maryland

Chris Funk
Business Development Loan Officer
11 S. Lee Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
[email protected]

Meridian Management Group, Inc.

Randy Croxton, Chief Investment Officer
826 E. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 333-4270
[email protected]

FSC First

Dawn R. Medley, Vice President, Business Finance Programs
1801 McCormick Drive
Suite 300
Largo, MD 20774
(301) 883-6900