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Grand Opening of MRI Studios Marks a New Chapter for Black-Owned Businesses in Baltimore

In 2021, Media Rhythm Institute was one of the five Black-owned businesses selected for the first cohort of the Black-Owned & Occupied Storefront Tenancy (BOOST) Program in Baltimore. With the support of BOOST, we are set to open MRI Studios on May 17, 2023, in a space we found through participation in the program.

MRI Studios is a brand-new facility designed to empower Baltimore creatives with the skills and tools to tell their stories through media production. The studio will offer a range of programs, including filmmaking and music production, focusing on serving underserved communities in Baltimore.

Launched in 2021, the BOOST program is sponsored by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Baltimore Gas and Electric, the Guinness Open Gate Brewery, and Fearless, a Baltimore-based digital services company. The program aims to support small, creative Black-owned retail businesses and revitalize the Central Business District of Baltimore by filling vacant storefronts with new businesses. The program provides a comprehensive package of support to help small businesses get off the ground.

For MRI, the BOOST program was instrumental in helping us find the right space for MRI Studios. With the support of BOOST, we were able to secure a storefront in the heart of downtown Baltimore, where we can provide young people and all of Baltimore with access to the latest media production technology and expert guidance from experienced professionals.

The BOOST program has provided MRI with financial assistance and a sense of community and support from other Black-owned businesses in the program. This sense of community and support is invaluable and has helped MRI not only in the opening of our studio but also in our ongoing journey as a Black-owned business. A couple of months ago, we came together to celebrate the opening of Elite Secrets Bridal, located in the Mount Vernon fashion district, which was also a recipient of the BOOST program. It was truly inspiring to see the success of another Baltimore, Black-owned business and to have the support of all our BOOST cohort.

We're celebrating the opening of MRI Studios this month with a 3-day celebration and Virtual Business-Warming. Help us to celebrate by attending one of our Grand Opening events or purchasing an item off our Amazon wishlist. Your gift will help us put the final touches on our new space and ensure it is ready to serve the community.

Then head over to our Instagram @MRI.Programs and give us a follow to join in on the Business Warming fun. You could earn the chance to win a free class or studio session at MRI Studios.

Click here to view our Amazon Wishlist.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 9:30 am

Open House to follow the ribbon cutting. Stay tuned for more info.

Thursday, May 18, 2023, 5 pm - 9 pm

Will feature youth performances, a DJ, and an outdoor public art activity led by MRI youth and instructors.

MRI Studios Late Night Open House

Friday, May 19, 2023

More info forthcoming.

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