San Francisco to Present Six Months’ Primary Revenue to Choose Native Artists

The city of San Francisco, in partnership with the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), has announced that it will grant 130 local artists $ 1,000 per month for six months as the arts scene there and around the world continues amid the ongoing Covid- 19 crisis. Funding, which comes from a $ 870,000 city scholarship approved by the San Francisco Arts Commission late last year, is administered by the YBCA and is open to individuals in all areas of the arts including the visual arts, music, dance, creative writing, Film, theater and art education. Applications are accepted by April 15, recipients will be notified by April 20, and first payments will be made in May.

To qualify, applicants must be able to provide proof of residency in any of the thirteen of the twenty-seven San Francisco zip codes that are known to have the highest number of Covid-19 cases, as well as meet other criteria. Applicants must have an annual personal income of less than $ 60,900 and demonstrate that their practice is “rooted in a historically marginalized community,” according to the YBCA website. The financing is not tied to any conditions; Recipients don’t have to use the money to produce a project or show how they spent it.

“From the day the pandemic hit San Francisco, we knew this health crisis was going to hit artists, and painters in particular,” said San Francisco Mayor, London Breed. “The arts are really critical to our local economy and are an integral part of our long-term recovery. If we help the arts recover, San Francisco will recover. “

Districts where resident artists are eligible for the scholarship include the hard-hit Bayview and Mission. Latinos in the mission in particular have suffered as a result: Although they only make up 15 percent of the population there, Latin Americans are so far responsible for 41 percent of Covid-19 cases and 21 percent of deaths in the district.


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