BEL AIR, Md. (WJZ) – The Bel Air Arts and Entertainment District was renamed by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Maryland Department of Commerce. The district has had the name since 2011.

Maryland State Arts Council said the mission of boroughs like this is to “develop, promote, and support various artistic and cultural centers in communities across Maryland that have a sense of place, unique local experiences, tourism attract and promote economic recovery and “neighborhood pride.”

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Bel Air’s arts and entertainment district is one of 29 in the state. The nomination lasts from June 1 to July 31, and during this time there are numerous financial incentives for artists to work in the 98 hectare area.

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According to the city, the district offers these incentives:

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  • Change in state income tax deduction for artists creating and selling works in the district,
  • State registration and amusement tax exemption for fees collected by arts and entertainment companies or qualified resident artists and
  • City property tax credit to reduce the property tax increase when building or renovating a building for an arts-related business or artist living / working area within the district.

“The work of local artists, along with the many annual events and festivals that take place in the district, is an opportunity for our community to continue to grow and prosper,” said district manager Angela Robertson. “We are fortunate to have a supportive and committed community and many local partners who promote our artists and continue to help us build a vibrant arts district in Bel Air.”