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 Participants25 individuals
Median Household Income$12,000 per year
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.

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%).


“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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