It’s really good to have that confidence as an artist, and have this material support. You can’t support marginalized artists only through singular acts of recognition or through praise. You have to give them jobs, you have to reform their day-to-day systematic existence, you have to make it worthwhile and healthy to be them. Money is a concrete thing that is very helpful to marginalized artists. Rent and food and clothing - these are all concrete needs.
Every time I think about the idea that just popularity or word of mouth or social media cheerleading somehow transmutes into material support for an artist or a class of artists, I come back to Meredith Gran’s quote about women in comics from a few years back: “Pay them. No, seriously. Pay them with money.”