Could Basic Income Be a Game Changer for Artists?

Alexis Frasz from

The recent study published by the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) on trends and conditions facing artists today makes the case that the most important issues facing artists today aren’t artist specific—they are systemic and structural issues in our economy and society overall

As Laura Zabel from Springboard for the Arts points out, “In survey after survey, artists say what they need is income, health care, reliable housing. You know who else needs those things? Everybody. What if we could actually change how our larger economy works so that the need for artist-specific solutions became unnecessary?”

Basic income is an idea that is starting to gain traction in a wide range of circles—from high profile economists like Joseph Stiglitz to networks of grassroots activists to political economists working for a new economy to startup accelerators in Silicon Valley.

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