Application Process for New York’s Guaranteed Income for Artists Program

From The Authors Guild:

As we advised you in February, Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY) has instituted a program that will provide $1,000 per month for 18 consecutive months to 2,400 New York State artists—defined broadly to include writers—who have demonstrated financial need. The deadline for applications is March 25, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

This program is intended to provide a safety net for artists, who as a group have undergone great financial suffering over recent years. We encourage you to take advantage of this long-awaited opportunity, which can allow authors not only the time, but the financial support which they so desperately need to write. If selected, you will have the chance to submit a written description of your commitment to your writing, as well a link to your website, social media, press links, or other digital presence demonstrating your work.

We have put together these guidelines for you to review and reference while filling out the application.

To be eligible to take part, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older as of January 1, 2022.
  • Have primary residence in New York State at the time of application.
  • Demonstrate financial need, meaning your household income must be below the Self-Sufficiency Standard. Click here to use the Self-Sufficiency Standard Calculator.
  • Identify as an “artist, culture bearer, or culture maker,” which they define as “someone who regularly engages in artistic or cultural practice to: express themselves with the intention of communicating richly to or sharing with others; pass on traditional knowledge and cultural practices; offer cultural resources to their communities; and/or co-organize and co-create within communities toward social impacts. Artists aspire to sustain themselves through their practice and maintain a commitment to continuing their practice. Artists can work both individually and collaboratively, or as educators within their field of practice.” This includes artists in the literary arts.

Grant recipients will not be selected based on the quality of their art. Rather, they will be selected randomly through a process that prioritizes people who hold the following identities or community conditions (in no particular order):

  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
  • Deaf/Disabled
  • LGBTQIAP+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic, Pansexual+)
  • Caregivers
  • Immigrants
  • Criminal Legal System Involvement
  • Lack of Financial Safety Net
  • Rural

. . . .

In addition to such basic information as your name, address, and other contact information, you will be asked to provide:

  • Demographic information, including your racial/ethnic background, gender identity, whether you identify as deaf or disabled, or if you have any involvement with the criminal legal system, as mentioned above.
  • Household and Community Conditions. Examples might include being a caregiver for someone else or whether you have a “financial safety net,” which includes factors such as whether you are financially vulnerable to a medical emergency.
  • Information about your Artistic Practice, including your approach as an artist, whether your work is solo or with other artists, or if it requires public or community involvement.

Link to the rest at The Authors Guild

PG hasn’t visited New York City in a few years, but he’s quite skeptical that $1,000 per month will keep an artist from starving, regardless of racial/ethnic background, gender identity, etc., etc.

That said, upon walking up on some mornings, PG does identify as disabled and, on such occasions, PG also might be uncertain as to whether he has a gender identity or not, all before his meds kick in.

9 thoughts on “Application Process for New York’s Guaranteed Income for Artists Program”

  1. There’s a whole rest of the state north of Manhattan Island that is a whole lot cheaper to live in than New York City called “Upstate New York” which is the bit above the metropolitan region (where all the money and much of the culture is.) But it does have some charm if you’re into the finger lakes, overpriced (if mostly quality) private universities and colleges, faded industrial towns, yearly Mormon pageantry, dirt-poor Appalachia, or redneck loonies from the boonies (who ‘don’t take kindly to strangers what got gender identities round these here parts.’)

  2. “CRNY represents a $125 million funding commitment, anchored by $115 million from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and $5 million each from the Ford Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).”

    It’s who you know, I suppose.

  3. This program is intended to provide a safety net for artists, who as a group have undergone great financial suffering over recent years.

    It’s been pretty easy to get a job in the last two years. Creatives can’t figure that out?

  4. I found the article on entitlemen interesting, in a weird way, right up until they mentioned the criteria for qualifying. Another sad example of getting to the head of the line based on what you are as opposed to simply being what you do.

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