San Francisco will provide basic income of $1,000 a month to “essential” artists

Life just got easier for “essential” artists – apparently not an oxymoron – living in San Fransisco, California.

Fox News reports that San Francisco is starting a guaranteed income program that will give $1,000 a month to local, “essential” artists. 

Really, it’s happening.

Those who would like to be considered for this program have to submit an application by April 15th.

In that application, the individual has to prove that they are a San Francisco resident and someone who “actively engages with the community through music, dance, creative writing, visual art, performance art, installation, photography, theater, or film.”

Also, the applicant must prove that he or she makes $60,000 or less per year, or $69,000 or less per year for a two-person household. If you can show all of this, then you have a chance at a $1,000 a month.

“Racial Equity”

“Historically marginalized communities,” in particular, are being encouraged to apply.

In a statement announcing the program, San Fransisco Mayor London Breed said, “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.”

Selecting who will qualify for the program will be the Office of Racial Equity, which is part of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.

Breed also tried to make the case for the program. She said:

[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.

Critics, however, have pointed out that, among other things, this is probably not the best way for a struggling city like San Francisco to use its money.

A recent trend

This is one of a number of basic income programs that have recently been launched in California. Many of these programs are aimed at eliminating “racial disparities.” Another such program, for example, that was recently started in Oakland, California, looks to provide guaranteed income to low-income minority residents.

What remains to be seen is whether such programs actually will lead to any good or whether they will lead to further problems, including further racial problems.

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  2. We have many hungry, unemployed, and homeless people in this country, including children, yet we have enough money to give to “essential artists”?

  3. Paying for someone who thinks he is talented pay me $1000 a month I’m a professional it just stupid

  4. I have 3 kids who are essential artists & they are all earning a decent living; the one living in California doesn‘t need your hand out:this encourages dependency & laziness they also have ssd & adc? c’mon man

    1. ABSOLUTELY!
      More demo idiots at work in commie calif, I just don’t understand how people that live there think that is at all acceptable but look what has happened in the last year or so, what makes any sense.
      Would love to see removal of another idiot, gov commie newsom, but I am sure that will be rigged as well!

      Signed a Patriot

  5. WHOA..KEMOSABIE…FIRST THIS PROGRAM IS GOING TO TARGET OR BE RUN BY THOSE WHO WILL ENACT THIS PROGRAM BY SELECTION of “RACIAL EQUALITY” MEASURES….NEXT YOU STATE “many of these programs are aimed at eliminating “racial disparities”. Which is it?

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