San Francisco will pay some artists $1,000 a month in basic income for pilot program

San Francisco will pay 130 local artist $1,000 per month in basic income in support of the arts.

Mayor London Breed said Thursday while announcing the program “from the first day the pandemic arrived in San Francisco, we knew that this health crisis would impact artists, and artists of color in particular.”

Breed argued the merit of the program by saying local artists “make San Francisco special, and bring so much life and energy to our city. The arts are critical to our local economy and are an essential part of our long-term recovery. If we help the arts recover, the arts will help San Francisco recover.”

Breed announced that Artists in neighborhoods hardest hit by the pandemic can start applying today to participate and payments to those selected will begin in May.

To qualify the artist must be someone who “actively engages with the community through music, dance, creative writing, visual art, performance art, installation, photography, theater, or film.”