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  • A&E District Receives Re-Designation

    A&E District Receives Re-Designation

    The Maryland State Arts Council and the Maryland Department of Commerce announced Tuesday, June 1, 2021 that Bel Air has been re-designated as an Arts & Entertainment District through June 30, 2031.  Bel Air is one of 29 districts in the State of Maryland. Encompassing approximately 98 acres in the heart of downtown, the Bel Air Arts and Entertainment District has seen tremendous growth since its initial designation in 2011.  An increased number of events sponsored by local organizations has led to greater community engagement and the District has many businesses who carry local artists’ work.  The Town’s public art collection has also grown with the addition of murals and sculptures sponsored by the Town and its Cultural Arts Commission and initiatives through the Bel Air Downtown Alliance and local businesses. The redesignated District will continue to offer incentives including a State of Maryland income tax subtraction modification for artists creating and selling work in the District, a State of Maryland admissions and amusement tax exemption for fees levied on arts and entertainment enterprises or qualifying residing artists, and a Town property tax credit for reducing the increase in property tax when a building is built or renovated for an …Read More »

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Bel Air’s Arts & Entertainment District develops, promotes and supports diverse artistic and cultural pursuits. The District preserves a sense of place, provides unique local experiences and supports economic revitalization.

We offer tax incentives and technical assistance to artists as well as to businesses that support the arts. We welcome developers to build and renovate, and artists to live here and pursue creative dreams.

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