Ends on March 29, 2019

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) in partnership with Youth Resiliency Institute, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, Catholic Charities, and the South Baltimore Gateway Partnership presents the SoBo Summer Music Series. The SoBo Summer Music Series is a sequence of free concerts at various locations throughout South Baltimore featuring contemporary jazz and R&B. The series aims to activate greenspaces and community gathering locations in less frequented neighborhoods, with a particular focus on Cherry Hill, Westport, Lakeland, Sharp Leadenhall and Carroll Park neighborhoods.  

South Baltimore is the entrance point for most visitors to the city, coming in off I-95 from the south, and home to some of the city's major attractions: Fort McHenry, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium. Those who dig a little further into South Baltimore will find a vibrant dining and nightlife scene, as well as venerable, but less visited neighborhoods that define what it is to be “authentic” Baltimore.

Most events are produced specifically for the series, while others are existing events with a music component, such as the farmers’ market at the Baltimore Museum of Industry and the Federal Hill Jazz Festival. In addition to the concerts, some events have pre-show activities such as music workshops.  

This year, community based groups, coillitions, organizations and associations are invited to submit proposals for the summer of 2019.  


Applicants must be a community 501(c)(3) organization or have a fiscal sponsor based in South Baltimore. Proposed events must be free, open to the public and take place in one of the following South Baltimore Nieghborhoods between June 1, 2019 - September 15, 2019. 

Cherry Hill, Westport, Lakland, Pigtown/ Washington Village, Federal Hill, Riverside Otterbien, Ridgley's Delight, Sharp-Leadenhall, Mount Winan's, Carrol Camden Industrial Area, Barre Circle, and St. Paul.

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Required materials include a completed application, tax exemption documentation, financial statement and project budget that cannot exceed $1,500. 


  1. The event must be free, open to the public, and take place in Baltimore City between June 1, 2019 - September 15, 2019.
  2. An organization can only apply to produce one event; however, the event can be a series (i.e. Friday Night Movie Series in the month of August).
  3. The requesting organization must have at least 4 members and a bank account in the organization's name.
  4. Applicants must be designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. If this is not the case, applicants can apply through a 501(c)(3) organization that is associated with the project.
  5. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and judged on criteria listed in this application. First time applicants are encouraged to apply. 
  6. Event budgets cannot exceed $1,500 dollars.
  7. All decisions are final; there is no appeal process. Applications are accepted in good faith.  The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, and the SoBo Summer Music Seres program shall be held harmless in the event of changes in the leadership or structure of organizations receiving grants. 


  1. Clarity: Are the project/event objectives clearly described? Is the budget and personnel adequate to accomplish event objectives? Did the organization use the budget template provided as an guideline of what items to include?
  2. Readiness: Is the project ready to proceed and can objectives be accomplished in a realistic and timeline manner?
  3. Value: Does the project benefit the community by engaging members? Can this event be duplicated in the future without significant financial assistance? 
  4. Community: How does your event help make South Baltimore more vibrant, safer, stronger, and healthier?


Grant recipients will receive an acceptance Letter via email the week of April 15, 2019. The Letter of Agreement will be sent via DocuSign and due April 22, 2019. 


  1. Accept no sponsor representing a financial business for the event (i.e. other credit unions, banks, etc.)
  2. Attend 3 mandatory planing sessions.  If someone is not able to represent your organization, you will not be awarded your grant. Session dates will be announced to grant recipients upon acceptance.
  3. Send proof of deposit of the check seven business days after receipt.
  4. Credit all promotional material with BOPA and Music Series sponor logos (TBA)
  5. Display Sponor Banners at your event (TBA).
  6. The Final Report Form must be submitted by September 20, 2019. This form requires: a) A brief account of expenses two weeks after the event; b) at least six JPEG formatted digital photographs documenting your event.  Original photos will not be accepted. 


Complete and submit the application by the deadline of March 29, 2019. For additional information, please contact David D. Mitchell, Program Coordinator for South Baltimore Initatives at dmitchell@promotionandarts.org or (443) 263-4353. 

The SoBo Summer Music Series is supported by South Baltimore Gateway Partnership, and the Baltimore Casino Local Development Council.  It's administered by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, with addtional support from Youth Resiliency Institute and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks.


SoBo Summer Music Series (FY19 - summer)

Information sessions                                                                                  January

Neighborhood Application Opens                                                            January 

Neighborhood Application Closes                                                            March

Advisory Panel Review                                                                               March

Applications selected                                                                                 March

Award Notification                                                                                      March

Event planning with Community Associations                                         April - May

(3 Meetings per Community)

1st Disbursement  to Neighborhoods                                                        May       

Start of the SoBo SMS 2019                                                                       June

End of SoBo SMS 2019                                                                               September 

2nd Disbursement to Neighborhoods                                                       September

(Contingent on Final Report)                                      

Final Reports Due                                                                                        September