Guaranteed Income Pilot for Artists

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




monthly payment

1.5 Years



invested in community

Pilot Features  
Number of Participants75 individuals
Program DatesApril 2021-September 2024
EligibilityArtists in targeted neighbourhoods who received support from Coronavirus Personal Emergency Relief Fund

About the Guaranteed Income Pilot for Artists

Springboard for the Arts’ ongoing Guaranteed Minimum Income for Artists pilot supports 75 artists, culture bearers, and creative workers in the Frogtown and Rondo neighborhoods of Saint Paul and in Otter Tail County, MN with $500 per month for 18 months. In addition to this artist-focused pilot, the City of Saint Paul and Springboard 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 profile below and on the Stories page of this site.

Data last updated on 7/11/2024.

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
Pilot Timeline

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 35.94%, followed by Food and groceries (30.26%) and Housing & Utilities (10.04%).


“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.”


Guaranteed Income Pilot for Artists

St. Paul, MN (Springboard)

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