“The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announced Tuesday it received $1.5 million from the state of Maryland,” reads an unsigned article in Tuesday’s (7/20) WJZ-TV (Baltimore) “It’s the first year of a multi-year bridge of support appropriated to the BSO through legislative actions by the Maryland General Assembly in 2020 and 2021. A 2019 state workgroup on the BSO outlined five years of decreasing support: FY2022 $1.5M; FY2023 $1.3M; FY2024 $1.1M; FY2025 $0.9M; and FY2026 $0.7M. Gov. Larry Hogan affirmed his support for the BSO and arts in general…. The funding will help the BSO follow through with its strategic plan and historic collective bargaining agreement with the orchestra’s musicians. ‘The BSO came together in 2019 in an extraordinary way, and while our plans are bold the theme is simple: we cannot cut ourselves to health,’ said BSO Board Chair Barry Rosen. ‘The BSO is on a course to energize the institution, to better reflect and serve our diverse community, and to grow audiences and revenues, but these plans require cost management, strategic investment, and time. The State’s multi-year bridge was designed to provide just that.’ … The BSO’s Board-approved budget is $29.8M for FY2022.”