What makes me a bit sad is how young artists are being supported, but older artists just starting out are not. Getting into art later in life is often a sign of less privilege, especially being a member of a marginalized class, race, gender, idendity.

I need to look up statistics who the ppl are that can afford™ to become professional artists in the first place.

Ok, I found this article that inclused some data about how parent's wealth influences the choice of college major:
It indeed shows that you are likely to have preeeetttty rich parents if you study art.
But I'm making no claims about causality, even though the study suggests that rich kids "have more of a buffer against the risk of un- or under-employment". That's part of the reason I'm sure, but I bet there's more.

Having access to arts and culture may also influence children and young adults to pay attention to these parts of life. I've only veeeery rarely been at an arts exhibition in my younger years. That's because my parents never went there. Being an artist never seemed like an option actual people had, just people very far removed of me, my family, my life.
And yes, getting a job that pays the bills obviously was a factor, too.

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The thing is that many scholarships and supports and even contests for "young artists" have an age limit instead of having different kinds of limitation. Most are limited to 40, some even to 35 years. Yeah, thanks, I am 40, and I am still just starting out.
This view reflects elitist and classist presumptions and directly obstruct lower-class artists.

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