Dear Friends of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,

We are encouraged by the continued progress in creating a strong and thriving BSO. Community leaders are engaged, key stakeholders are engaged, state leaders are engaged, and national thought leaders are engaged as we pursue a compelling and achievable vision and model for the future.

During the 2019 Legislative Session, the John C. Merrill Act was enacted to help support the Orchestra, and in turn the Workgroup on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was authorized and established. The Workgroup, led by former State Senator Ed Kasemeyer, has delivered its report to the General Assembly of Maryland. The recommendations outlined in the report indicate that the BSO can pursue initiatives to further enrich the lives of Marylanders and create a stable fiscal foundation at the same time. In addition to incremental contributed and earned revenues coupled with strategic cost management, this report identifies an important role for the State of Maryland to play as a bridge to the BSO’s bright future. As a direct result of the Workgroup’s recommendations, Senate Bill 1065 and House Bill 1658 have been introduced in the 2020 Legislative Session to formalize the State’s unique commitment to the BSO.

The State of Maryland is viewed as a national leader for its commitment to arts and culture. As Maryland’s largest arts organization, the BSO is a major driving force behind the cultural and quality of life benefits, along with the economic impact that has been estimated as contributing over a billion dollars and more than 17,000 jobs to our economy. We are deeply grateful to the State of Maryland for its leadership and support.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, musicians, and staff, thank you for your steadfast support of the BSO. Please do not hesitate to contact me with comments or suggestions at president@bsomusic.org. Your input and feedback are greatly valued and appreciated.

Sincerely,

Peter T. Kjome
President and CEO