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Long Beach Will Provide Living Stipends For Artists

A beach path in Long Beach. (Lita Martinez/LAist)
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The city of Long Beach will offer $500 monthly stipends to 150 artists who are out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The application-based program is intended to help recipients cover basic necessities, for a period of six months.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said creative workers are struggling to stay in the city .

“We don’t want to lose people forever,” he said. “This something that really I hope many more cities take on.”

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Long Beach joins San Francisco, which is launching a $1,000 monthly stipend for artists.

Garcia said the Long Beach experiment is a precursor to a citywide universal income program.

“I think guaranteed income programs are the future,” he said, “so programs like this should be experimented [with] … in as many places as possible.”.

Long Beach previously provided federal stimulus funds to some renters. This program also taps federal funding.

City officials hope to begin sending payments to qualifying artists in January.