Guaranteed Income Pilot for Artists

The Guaranteed Income Pilot for Artists was launched in 2021 by Springboard for the Arts.

25

participants

$500

monthly payment

1.5 Years

duration

$225,000

invested in community

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Pilot Features  
Number of Participants25 individuals
Median Household Income$12,000 per year
Amount$500
Frequencymonthly
Program DatesApril 2021-October 2022
EligibilityArtists in targeted neighbourhoods who received support from Coronavirus Personal Emergency Relief Fund

About the Guaranteed Income Pilot for Artists

Springboard’s Guaranteed Income Pilot for Artists is supporting 25 artists, culture bearers, and creative workers in Saint Paul’s Rondo/Frogtown neighborhoods with $500/month for 18 months. In addition to this artist-focused pilot, the City of Saint Paul and Springboard have partnered on a narrative change project: Artists Respond: People, Place, and Prosperity. This cohort of artists has created public projects that demonstrate the root causes that lead to the need for guaranteed income, and the impact of guaranteed income on the families and communities that are supported by it. Read more about the artists creating these narrative change projects in the profiles below.

Data last updated on 9/30/2023.

Demographic Data for Pilot Participants

Median Annual Household income

Springboard

$12,000

St. Paul, MN

$67,725

Annual Household Income (Mean)

$15,320

Sample Size

150

Avg. Age of Respondent

32

Avg. Children in Household

1

Avg. Household Size

4

gender

Male

9.00%

Female

91.00%

Other

0.00%

marital status

Married

32.35%

Single

41.18%

Partnered/In-Relationship

25.00%

children in household

Yes

97.00%

No

3.00%

race

White

27.00%

African American

24.00%

American Indian/Alaska Native

2.00%

Asian

0.00%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0.00%

Latino

0.00%

Other/Mixed

47.00%

ethnicity

Hispanic

13.00%

Non-Hispanic

87.00%

primary language at home

English

73.53%

Spanish

2.94%

Other

22.06%

Economic Context for Pilot Participants

The guaranteed income pilot launched during a period of dynamic change and economic challenges for pilot participants. The chart below situates this pilot in the context of unemployment and inflation.

Start of Covid-19 PandemicJan 2019MarMayJulSepNovJan 2020MarMayJulSepNovJan 2021MarMayJulSepNovJan 2022MarMayJulSepNovJan 2023MarMayJulSepNovJan 2024MarMayJulSepNovJan 2025MarMayJulSepNovJan 202602468101214161820Unemployment02468101214161820Inflation
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Spending Breakdown

The data in this pie chart shows aggregate spending for guaranteed income participants in St. Paul, MN (Springboard). This includes all non-cash expenditures from the participants' pre-paid debit card that is loaded with guaranteed income payments monthly.

Spending breakdown

Retail sales and services accounted for the largest share of spending, at 37.01%, followed by Food and groceries (27.08%) and Housing & Utilities (12.76%).

Briauna

“I think that guaranteed income is probably preventing a lot of people from being homeless, or on the verge of it, or having to make tough decisions about food and basic necessities.”

Briauna

Guaranteed Income Pilot for Artists

St. Paul, MN (Springboard)

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