San Francisco invests in its artistic community. Starting in May, 130 local artists in the city will receive $ 1,000 per month in cash, with no strings attached.
The Universal Basic Income pilot program is expected to last six months, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. Artists will be selected from among those “whose artistic practice is rooted in a historically marginalized community”.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced the program on Thursday.
“This new program is an innovative effort to help our creative sector through this difficult time and come back even stronger and more resilient than before,” said Breed on the Yerba Buena Arts Center website. “The arts are essential to our local economy and an essential part of our long-term recovery.”
The program is open to artists working in music, dance, creative writing, visual arts, performance arts, installation, photography, theater and film. Art teachers and craftspeople are also eligible provided they meet an income qualification.
The YBCA says San Francisco’s arts community generated $ 1.45 billion before the pandemic and employed nearly 40,000 local residents.
“There are people who are currently living in difficult conditions,” Deborah Cullinan told the the Chronicle. “We want to act as quickly as possible to provide them with the resources they need.”