Newsletter March 2017

Dear artists and colleagues,

In good time for the beginning of spring you receive the third touring artists newsletter. This issue is dedicated to information on income tax and value added tax related to cross-border artistic mobility.
Furthermore, we keep you informed on news related to international mobility as well as on open calls, current changes in German law and other announcements. touring artists own news are also shared.

At a glance:

Our newsletter is available via the following links: www.touring-artists.info/home/newsletter/ (German), www.touring-artists.info/en/home/newsletter/ (English).

We wish you an inspiring reading and a happy arrival of spring!
The touring artists editorial team

 

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>>> 3 QUESTIONS ADDRESSED TO

Christoph Weiß, lawyer and lawyer specialist for tax law, www.kreativwirtschaften.de

Concerning income tax there is a special rule for performing artists that applies nearly worldwide: The country in which the performance takes place may levy income tax on the payment. The country of which the artist is a resident must take into account the income tax paid to the performance country. In your experience, which circumstances would lead to practical difficulties, which questions remain open despite that rule?

Christoph Weiß: Germany has concluded so-called double taxation agreements (DTAs) with numerous states. These DTAs are usually negotiated on the basis of a model agreement, which is normally adapted individually in the course of the negotiation. Within the model agreement there is an article that grants the state in which the artist is performing the right of taxation. The country of residence must usually take into account the taxes paid abroad.

Recently problems occur more often when artists, based in Germany, perform in Poland. The double taxation agreement with Poland (DTA - Poland) differs significantly from most DTAs. For example, it includes an extra paragraph, declaring that the "artist article" shall not apply in case the fee is paid with public funds.
The Polish authorities argue that Poland may levy taxes on the basis of other regulations. The German tax authorities refuse taking into account the Polish taxes, since the DTA – Poland is not applicable anymore.
Now one of my clients became subject to double taxation, he/she was taxed by both states, Poland and Germany. I gave notice of opposition and requested a mutual agreement procedure at ministerial level. I hope that one of the states will give in. Otherwise we will have to initiate legal proceedings.

What does a visual artist, based in Germany, have to consider regarding value added tax (VAT) when dealing with companies abroad - for example in case he/she grants the right to use a photograph of one of his/her art works for a publication to a publisher in another EU country?

Weiß: To begin with, artists not having a strong back office, are well advised to carry out cross-border businesses only with entrepreneurs. If necessary one should interpose an entrepreneur, even if the latter is going to profit from the involvement. Otherwise processes are often no longer manageable.

Granting a right of use is regarded as miscellaneous services. If rights are granted by an entrepreneur - and artists are usually entrepreneurs even if they don't see themselves as such - to another entrepreneur abroad e. g. a publisher, the publisher must pay VAT in his country. This works quite well as long as both entrepreneurs state their VAT registration numbers, also in the invoice. In „tax slang“ this is referred to as reverse charge procedure.

Regarding the invoicing artists and cultural organisers again and again face questions when working across borders. Let’s look at the following example: A German festival organiser invites an artist duo from France – a dancer and an installation artist. Both are subject to VAT in France and hand in separate invoices. What needs to be referred to on the invoice concerning the VAT?

Weiß: For both artists it holds true that their work is regarded as miscellaneous services. As already mentioned above, the VAT registration numbers of the artists as well as of the organiser need to be stated on the invoice. As it is true for every invoice, also VAT has to be mentioned. Here, the term „reverse charge“ has found its way into the international legal communication.
Detailed regulations concerning the invoice are in this case controlled by French law. But also in France the directive on the VAT System is valid. Thus, it can be expected that the requirements concerning invoices are comparable to the regulations in Germany.

The German organiser is obliged to carefully examine the invoice on correctness. In particular it is important to check the validity of the VAT registration numbers of both artists - this is possible through the qualified confirmation process of the Federal Central Tax Office: evatr.bff-online.de/eVatR/index_html

Christoph Weiß, lawyer and lawyer specialist for tax law, counsels artists in the fields of income tax and value added tax as well as regarding financing and support possibilities. He also requests mandates in copyright, media law and cross-sectional fields in the art and creative industries. He is lecturer at the Muthesius Kunsthochschule in Kiel. Furthermore, he is an independent curator and played a leading role in more than 100 exhibitions. Among others he has led Kunstraum B in Kiel for many years. At the moment he works on a private gallery project.

>>> NEWS

touring artists tax workshop in spring
touring artists and SMartDe – Netzwerk für Kreative are organising another tax workshop for artists and cultural professionals which is planned to take place before the deadline for tax declaration on May 31, 2017. Date and detailed information will soon be announced on facebook.

Deadline for tax declaration 2016
The deadline for tax declarations 2016 will be May 31, 2017, provided that you are obligated to submit it. In case the tax declaration is prepared together with a tax consultant, the deadline for submission is December 31, 2017.
As of the fiscal year 2018 there will be a deadline extension: Those who prepare the tax declaration themselves may hand it in until July 31 of the following year.

Bundesreisekostengesetz (German Travel Expenses Act)
As of January 1, 2017, new rates for per diems and accommodation allowances for foreign travel apply. They can be found in the current administrative regulation "Allgemeine Verwaltungsvorschrift über die Neufestsetzung der Auslandstage- und Auslandübernachtungsgelder" (ARVVwV).
They apply in the context of publicly funded projects, which must be billed according to the Bundesreisekostengesetz (BRKG).
More information on the BRKG is available at touring artists here.

New standard rates for business trips abroad
From January 1, 2017 new standard rates for additional meal and accommodation allowances for business trips abroad apply. Travel expenses can be claimed for tax purposes, based on these standard rates. The related circular of the Federal Ministry of Finance with an overview of the rates can be found here.
Information on travel expenses and taxation is provided by touring artists here.

Public consultations of the European Commission on taxes
Open public consultations on the reform of VAT rates as well as on the special scheme for small enterprises of the European Commission, Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union.
Both online consultations are open until March 20, 2017 and can be found here.

>>> TOURING ARTISTS FAVOURITES

Information sheet: Steuertipps für Künstlerinnen und Künstler (Taxation for Artists – Tips)

The fifth edition (2016) of the information sheet, provided by the Bavarian State Ministry of Finance, is available online free of charge (German language only!).

Publication: Andri Jürgensen, Praxishandbuch Ausländersteuer (practical handbook on foreigner tax)
First Edition 2013 XX, 220 pages, publisher: Kunst Medien Recht, ISBN 978-3-937641-02-7, in German language – information

 

TOURING ARTISTS NEWS

touring artists relaunch
The touring artists webpage has taken on a new look and is now easy to read also on your smartphone and other portable devices. Have a look here: www.touring-artists.info

New information online: Status of artists and contracts
When it comes to international work, both individuals and any organisers who invite persons engaged in the cultural sector from abroad will quickly find themselves confronted with questions about their legal status. The status of artists and cultural professionals may vary by country, as a consequence questions arise regarding work permits, compensation, taxes, social benefits, etc.
There are different types of contracts for the various employment relationships in the cultural sector. Especially when the contracting parties who engage in collaborations, joint projects, sales, etc. are based in different countries, several aspects must be considered.
Touring artists now provides information on these issues. The new chapter can be found here.

touring artists to go!
The accompanying brochure touring artists to go! has now been updated and extended. It can be ordered from the touring artists editorial team by email: info@touring-artists.info

Art and creative industries – round table on March 29, 2017 in Berlin
touring artists focuses on providing information on artists and cultural professionals within the performing and visual art sector. This year we will start to open the information service for other artistic sectors as well as for professionals within the creative industries. On March 29, 2017 touring artists and SMartDe are inviting delegates of the art and creative industries to take part in a round table. Which information on www.touring-artists.info needs to be differentiated, what is missing? To this we aim to stimulate a dialogue.
The round table takes part at the International Theatre Institute (Kunstquartier Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin) from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm. We are asking for registration until March 24, 2017 by email: projekt2@iti-germany.de (Alexandra Hunger).

touring artists in Mannheim
Invited by the cultural office of Mannheim touring artists presents and discusses issues around mobility in the frame of the workshop "Internationalisation in artistic work" in Mannheim on May 05, 2017. Detailed information will soon be announced on facebook.

Project map – new entries
The touring artists editorial team still collects projects within the visual and performing arts by, for and with refugees in Germany and depicts them in an interactive map, together with short descriptions.
We will gladly include your project as well: please fill out the short form and make your project visible!

 

WHAT'S MORE

>>> CURRENT CHANGES IN LAW IN GERMANY

Reasonable compensation for creatives
The copyright sets out the conditions for contracts between authors/practising artists and users of artistic works, e.g. publishers, record or broadcasting companies. Authors and practising artists will shortly be able to enforce claims for reasonable compensation more easily: the revision of the copyright law came in to force on March 1, 2017 – information.

Visa facilitation for Ukrainian citizens
The European Union provides for visa facilitation for citizens from the Ukraine: in the course of the first half-year of 2017, Ukrainian citizens will be allowed to enter the Schengen Area (limited up to 90 days) without a visa. Further information is e. g. provided by the Techniker Krankenkasse here.

>>> GOOD TO KNOW!

Minimum wages in Europe differ significantly: they range between 215 euros and 1 923 euros a month, whereat Bulgaria is at the bottom of the list and Luxembourg pays the highest minimum wage. Germany is in the top third of the countries. An overview of minimum wages in Europe is provided by Eurostat.

Denmark levies charges when posting: in the future employers from abroad have to contribute to a fund when posting to Denmark. Employees can benefit from the fund in case an employer does not meet his/her financial requirements. More information is available here (in German only).

Since November 1, 2016 applicants for a US visa are no longer allowed to wear glasses on the photograph. Information is provided at the webpage of the US embassy.

Since 1985, every year at least one European city receives the title European Capital of Culture.
In 2017 the European Capitals of Culture are Aarhus in Denmark and Paphos in Cyprus – information.

>>> OPEN CALLS

Klubovna Gallery (Brno), Residency on the topic ‚migration‘, open for English speaking visual artists of ‚immigrant origin‘ currently based in Germany. Deadline: March 27, 2017information

Qendra Multimedia, theater company (Kosovo) is looking for theatre professionals for various working areas. Deadline: March 30, 2017 information

Valletta Foundation 2018 - Artist-in-Residence (Air) Programme. Residencies between August 2017 and December 2018 at Gozo, sister island of Malta, for creatives of all disciplines. Deadline: March 31, 2017 information

InterCultour, workshop by Bund Deutscher Amateurtheater (BDAT) and its French partner association La Fédération Nationale des Compagnies de Théâtre et d’Animation (FNCTA). Workshop for young people from France and Germany around theatre and poetry slam, July 17 to 31, 2017 in Ottweiler (Saarland) and in Bussang (France). Deadline: March 31, 2017 - information

Roberto Cimetta Fund and Valletta 2018 - European Capital of Culture, call for travel grants. Deadline: March 31, 2017 information

TURN. Fund of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes for artistic cooperation between Germany and African countries, sixth application round. Deadline: March 31, 2017 information

International SOLO DANCE CONTEST 2017, contest for solo dance within the scope of the Gdansk Dance Festivals (Poland), June 5 to 9, 2017. Deadline: March 31, 2017information

Studios for Young Festival and Cultural Managers, for emerging festival and cultural managers:
In China, October 17 to 23, 2017. Deadline: March 31, 2017 application form
Information is available here.
In Italy, November 17 to 23, 2017. Deadline: April 14, 2017 application form
Information is available here.

European Creative Hubs Network Peer-to-peer exchange scheme for personal of creative hubs. Deadline: April 14, 2017information

Çanakkale Art Walk 2017: Homeland, for visual artists. Deadline: April 14, 2017information

Export Funding Dachverband Tanz Deutschland: Aerowaves Spring Forward Festival in Aarhus, Denmark, April 28 to 30, 2017. For representatives of dance ensembles of the so called independent scene based in Germany. Deadline: April 17, 2017information

Malta: Culture in Transformation. The interactive journal invites scientists, critics, curators, and artists to submit texts and art projects. Deadline: April 30, 2017 information

exil-DramatikerInnenpreis 2017. An initiative by WIENER WORTSTAETTEN, in cooperation with exil - zentrum für interkulturelle kunst und antirassismusarbeit. Deadline: April 30, 2017
- information

STEP - Supporting Travel for Engaged Partnership, travel grants of the European Cultural Foundation for artists travelling within Europe. Applications are possible at any time, but need to be submitted at least 60 days before the start of the journey – information

The Auxiliary – residency in Great Britain. Residencies for visual artists and musicians.
Deadline: May 1, 2017information

Bibliothek Andreas Züst: studio grants in Switzerland. For artists of various disciplines. Deadlines are May 31 for stays in November and October 31 for stays in April – information

The Bureau des arts plastiques supports German institutions that organise exhibitions with French or in France living artists. Application is possible at any time information

Open calls that support international mobility of artists and cultural professionals are always available at the webpage of On the Move, Cultural Mobility Information Network. OTM’s monthly newsletter is sent out in five languages.

>>> EVENTS, DATES, FURTHER NEWS

Meeting
International meeting of independent dance producers in Budapest
The Dachverband Tanz Deutschland invites independent dance producers from Germany and Europe to take part in an exchange and expert meeting in Budapest on June 2 and 3, 2017. touring artists will be present with an information session on international artists mobility. Registration is still open (until April 28, 2017), please send an email to: info@dachverband-tanz.de. More information is available here.

Meeting
On April 5 and 6, 2017 On the Move’s General Assembly will be held in Cardiff. Following the members‘ meeting discussions with the local art scene on the consequences of the Brexit will be part of the agenda.

Meeting
IETM (International network for contemporary performing arts, former Informal European Theatre Meeting) holds its spring meeting in Bucharest on April 20 to 23, 2017. The General Meeting is organised twice a year and attracts about 600 participants. It offers a variety of working sessions, exchange and networking meetings as well as an artistic programme.
Deadline for registration: March 31, 2017, further information is available here.

Information session
Artists Training: Refugee Class for Professionals, qualification offer to integrate refugee artists provided by Berlin Career College.
Next modules:
March 20 to 24, 2017: Performing Arts
April 24 to 28, 2017: Fine Arts
May 8 to 12, 2017: Film
Further information can be found here.

Festival and symposium
Working Together Transnationally. The symposium (March 31 to April 2, 2017) takes part within the scope of the festival TOGETHERAPART (March 30 to April 8, 2017), organised by K3 - Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg in Hamburg. Information is available here.

Festival
16th Annual Dance Media Film Festival: April 20 to 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, USA. The Festival presents dance films of different styles. A number of support schemes is available – information.

Conference
Free Movement of Persons in the EU, a conference of the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), takes part in Brussels on April 12, 2017. Difficulties concerning the free movement within the EU will be discussed. Information and registration here.

Congress
100th ISPA Congress, the 100th edition of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) is organised in Montreal May 23 to 27, 2017 and gathers more than 450 participants – information.

Project
Iraqi Conference of the Birds is a theatre project of European performing art professionals and Deir Mar Musa, that revived a monastery in the Kurdish part of Iraq and became a meeting point for the diverse ethnic groups. The production will be elaborated from the end of April 2017 in Sulaymaniah, under the patronage of Navid Kermani. More information is available here – as well as the possibility to financially support the project at Kickstarter (until April 2, 2017).

Summer academy
The international Summer Academy of the Arts, Universität der Künste Berlin starts on June 16, 2017. It offers courses in visual art, design, music, performing arts, art management, creative entrepreneurship, as well as interdisciplinary sessions and is looking forward to more than 300 participants from about 30 countries.
Young artists can apply for partial scholarships until April 15, 2017 – information

Webinare
Webinare by Techniker Krankenkasse (German language):
Beschäftigung ausländischer Arbeitnehmer und Entsendung (employees from abroad and posting), March 21, 2017.
Die Beschäftigung von freien Mitarbeitern, Honorarkräften, Subunternehmern und auf Werkvertragsbasis (employment of freelancers, subcontractors, workers on fee basis etc.), May 10, 2017.
Information is available here.

Mapping
European Cultural Centre Mapping Results. Trans Europe Halles offers a mapping of about 770 independent cultural centres in Europe. The overview is constantly extended.

Mapping
Analysis of On the Move News Articles 2016 - Visual mapping. The evaluation of OTM’s news in 2016 is an inventory of cultural mobility in Europe and worldwide – information.

 

TOURING ARTISTS HELPDESK SERVICE
The touring artists helpdesk service provides individual consultations in Berlin or via telephone and email (beratung@touring-artists.info) on international projects and working stays abroad – free of charge. The service is a cooperation of ITI and IGBK with SMartDe – Netzwerk für Kreative e.V.


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touring artists newsletter December 2016

Dear Artists and Colleagues,

Shortly before the turn of the year you receive herewith the second touring artists newsletter. This issue is dedicated to information on social security of artists working internationally.
Furthermore, we keep you informed again about news related to international mobility as well as on open calls, current changes in German law and other announcements.

At a glance:

Our newsletter is available via the following links: Newsletter Dezember 2016 (German), Newsletter December 2016 (English).

We wish our readers a happy holiday and a beautiful turn of the year!
The touring artists editorial team



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>>> 3 QUESTIONS ADDRESSED TO ...

Jens Van Lathem, Kunstenloket (Belgium)
Anaïs Lukacs, MobiCulture (France)

Concerning social insurance: What does an artist, based in Belgium/France, has to take care of or arrange beforehand, if she/he works in Germany temporarily?

Jens Van Lathem: The Belgium-based artist needs to investigate which social security system will be applied to his/her work and thus will need to be paid into. This depends on several different factors: being an independent or an employee, working in more than two EU-countries or not, … If there is an employer, he will need to be informed about the applicable social security system in the country, the employee is sent to, so that he can pay the correct institution. If the social security can stay in Belgium, the artist needs an A1-form which confirms this.

Anaïs Lukacs: A performing artist, based in France, I would advise to get the information depending on the type of contract the German partner proposes.
In case of a work contract (with remuneration through a salary sheet) the artist will be able to count the amount of hours worked in Germany to a certain extent towards his/her unemployment benefit calculation - as a so-called ‘intermittent du spectacle’, if he/she benefits from that French system. In that case he/she would have to ask the German employer to fill in a U1-form to submit to the French employment agency, the pôle emploi. It might be useful to get the form beforehand to give it to the German employer, in order to facilitate the process. In case it won't be a work contract, the hours worked abroad can't be counted towards the unemployment benefit calculation. Thus, it is crucial for the artists to know beforehand, what kind of contract the German business is offering.

And on a very practical side: it can be useful for the artists to get the European health insurance card before leaving France, in order to avoid advance payments in case of health expenses in Germany.

By your experience: which difficulties arise here frequently?

Van Lathem: There is a lack of knowledge about administrative and regulatory procedures that apply to international mobile artists. When do I need a U1-form? When do I need an A1-form? What is posting? These shortcomings can be found in artists as well as employers.

Lukacs: Misunderstandings between artists and German cultural organisations might arise due to a lack of information provided in advance; but also difficulties to get the U1-form for the German employer, etc.

What could be improved concerning the information or consultation provided in social security matters? What would be desirable, e.g. in the cooperation with social security carriers or artists‘ associations?

Van Lathem: Mobility info points should work together in a more direct way. Sharing information about national procedures and sharing informal contacts could help artists discover rules and receive documents more quickly.

Lukacs: More comprehensive, useful, and clear information provided in advance to the artists and cultural organisations working with them.

Jens Van Lathem became active in the creative and cultural sector during his years studying law at Ghent University. Functioning as the editor-in-chief for a music criticism blog, he worked with over 30 volunteers to organise concerts and give young musicians the light of day. After a stint as communications director for one of Belgiums summer festivals, he joined
Kunstenloket (Belgium) where he provides personal legal advice to budding and more established artists.

Anaïs Lukacs formerly dealt with the logistics of performances gathering artists from different parts of the world. Next she developed the BAAPE (a centre for international cultural mobility) within Cité internationale universitaire de Paris and pursued these missions since 2015 through MobiCulture, an organisation she created to develop the activities of this resource-centre dedicated to foreign artists coming to France and professionals collaborating and inviting them.


>>> IGBK WORKSHOP: SOCIAL SECURITY AND MOBILITY OF VISUAL ARTISTS IN EUROPE

Social legislation within the EU is largely subject to national laws. Health insurances, pension schemes, and unemployment insurances are not standardized, but are coordinated by EU regulations. What this means concretely for artists working temporarily in several European countries and which instruments and procedures have to be taken care of, is explained in detail at touring artists as well as on other information portals.

In cooperation with the International Association of Art (IAA) Europe IGBK invited delegates of European artists‘ associations, of information providers, social insurers and other experts to the workshop in Berlin on November 4, 2016. The aim was to discuss the following questions:
Which obstacles do artists, who work cross-borders within Europe, still face? And to which extent have informationen sources for freelance artists been developed in the last years?

Opening statements by the social security expert Carroll Haak, by Carla Osman (GD Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission) and Marie Le Sourd (On the Move) made clear that a dialogue between European cultural professionals and the EuCom on mobility matters effected a growing awareness towards the subject at different levels in the last years. Also initial steps to facilitate administrative procedures were taken.
This is supported by a growing number of tailor-made and linked information services for artists working internationally. Some of them were present at the workshop.
Evaluations and studies of the obstacles within the social security coordination in particular collect examples form the performing arts sector. It seems that the visual art sector does not play a special role: at the workshop it became clear that many of the organisations representing the interests of visual artists in Europe have not (or only very little) dealt with questions of the EU coordination and its instruments e.g. the so-called self-posting.
Whether this is due to a lack of problem awareness or because of the fact that the instruments of the coordination (European Health Insurance Card, A1 certificate) run smoothly is still an open question.

The participants – more than 60 from 24 European countries – shared information on the different national social security systems. First special schemes for artists were introduced (from Austria, France, and Germany), followed by a discussion of current developments (pleasing and less pleasing) also in other countries.

Results of the workshop and recommended actions will be published at IGBK’s website at the beginning of the next year.


>>> NEWS

Social security contribution for artists reduces to 4.8 % in 2017
The social security contribution for artists in Germany reduces from now 5.2 % to 4.8 % in 2017. The relevant directive was published on August 11, 2016 within the Bundesgesetzblatt. Details – in German – can be found here.

New A1 certificate
The questionnaire for posting employees abroad has been extended. Versions for the different countries are available on the webpage of the DVKA (in German).

Electronic A1 certificate
In 2017 an electronic procedure for applying for the A1 certificate (in case of posting employees to other Europan countries) will be introduced. Through this employers will be able to use the known ways of electronic document exchange to send an application to the health insurance and will receive the certificate electronically within 3 working days to finally hand it to the employee. The application process will be possible from July 1, 2017 and will be mandatory for companies from July 1, 2019. Information is offered by the health insurances e.g. the AOK (in German).


>>> TOURING ARTISTS FAVOURITES

OTM Cultural Mobility Info Points: informationen on social security
Belgium: Kunstenloket Foreign artists in Belgium, payments
France: MobiCulture Social security cover and contributions
The Netherlands: Dutch Culture, Mobility Info Point National insurance schemes
Wales: Wales Arts International Insurance

‚TK Service Ausland‘
The ‚Newsletter Ausland‘ of the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK health insurance) provides good and comprehensive information for employers related to posting employees abroad or to engaging employees from abroad – on the topic social security and much more. Useful tips, current changes in law and hints on international issues make the newsletter a valuable source when working abroad. Subscription is possible here.

WHAT'S MORE

>>> CURRENT CHANGES IN LAW IN GERMANY

Social security contribution for artists
The social security contribution for artists reduces from now 5.2 % to 4.8 % in 2017.

Bundesreisekostengesetz (German Travel Expenses Act)
As of January 1, 2017, new rates for per diems and accommodation allowances for foreign travel apply. They can be found in the current administrative regulation ‚Allgemeine Verwaltungsvorschrift über die Neufestsetzung der Auslandstage- und Auslandübernachtungsgelder‘ (ARVVwV).
They apply in the context of publicly funded projects, which must be billed according to the Bundesreisekostengesetz (BRKG).
More informationen on the BRKG is available at touring artists here.

New standard rates for business trips abroad
From January 1, 2017 new standard rates for additional meal and accommodation allowances for business trips abroad apply. Travel expenses can be claimed for tax purposes, based on these standard rates. The new rates will be available shortly here.
Information on travel expenses and taxation is provided by touring artists here.

Statutory minimum wage
The statutory minimum wage increases from 8.50 euros to 8.84 euros from January 1, 2017. Further information can be found here.

Double taxation agreement with Japan put into effect
With the implementation of the double taxation agreement on October 26, 2016, new rules are relevant for the double taxation between Germany and Japan. The legal text is available here (in German).

Reformation Day
On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation Day, October 31, 2017 will be a one-off national public holiday. The Federal Government provides information here.


>>> TOURING ARTISTS NEWS

On the Move: Mobility Info Points meeting in Berlin

On November 2 and 3, 2016 the touring artists editorial team joined a meeting of the On the Move Mobility Info Points in Berlin. At the premises of the ITI a small group of delegates of European organisations came together which amongst others provide information or council artists on legal and administrative aspects of cultural mobility.
The aim was to exchange working experiences to increase the expertise e.g. concerning the provision of information or the cooperation with authorities and administrative bodies. Furthermore, first ideas of a joined external communication were discussed as well as ways and possibilities of mutual consultations.
Besides, participants had the opportunity to exchange with members of the European Network of Information Centres for the Performing Arts
(ENICPA) and to take part in the IGBK workshop on ‚Mobility and Social Security of Visual Artists in Europe‘ (see above).

Expert day: Artist Forum – Refugee Class for Professionals
Within the scope of the project ‚Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals‘ an expert day took place on December 7, 2016, in cooperation with the Allianz Kulturstiftung. Delegates of cultural and creative industries organisations and associations discussed projects initiated for artists refugees. Representatives of the sectors music, culture and media, performing arts, visual art, and film as well as of cross-sector projects were invited and shared ideas on existent initiatives and possible actions. touring artists was one of it. Read more
here.

touring artists is invited to Bremen
On January 16, 2017, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Künstlerinnenverband Bremen, and BBK Bremen are organising an information evening on the information tool touring artists and its related helpdesk service. The evening starts at 7pm (Künstlerhaus Bremen, Am Deich 68, Bremen). More information is available
here.


>>> OPEN CALLS

Mais Imaginarius, Imaginarius – International Street Theatre Festival of Santa Maria da Feira (Portugal). For emerging artists.
Deadline:
Januar 6, 2016
- information

EURODRAM – Translation of theatre plays into German. Original languages can be European languages or those of the Mediterranean region or from Central Asia.
Deadline:
Januar 10, 2017
- information

BKM: Grants abroad
(Deutschen Akademie Villa Massimo in Rom, Casa Baldi in Olevano Romano, Deutsches Studienzentrum in Venedig, Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris). For visual artists, architects, and musicians in Germany.
Deadline: January 15, 2017 - application through the competent authorities of the Federal States -
information

2017 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama.
For theatre groups and performers.
Deadline: January 16, 2017 -
information

Julie’s Bicycle: Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) Training Course. Exploration of the cultural dimensions of climate change. For artists of all disciplines and cultural professionals.
Deadline:
January 16, 2017
-
information

Dachverband Tanz Deutschland: Export funding for dance. For representatives (cultural producers, artistic directors) of independent dance ensembles with their place of business in Germany.
Deadline:
January 20, 2017
-
information

Cultural Innovation International Prize: Climate change. Call for cultural projects that raise awareness about climate change.
Deadline: January 31, 2017 -
information

Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen ifa: Exhibition funding – exhibitions abroad, travel and transportation support. For German visual artists or visual artists based in Germany.
Deadline:
January 31, 2017
-
information

German-French residency programme George Sand – Frédéric Chopin of the Stiftung Genshagen (June 12 to August 7, 2017). For artists of all disciplines.
Deadline:
February 3, 2017
- information

Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst, project grant ‚KunstKommunikation‘ 2018.
Submission of project proposals from artists and artists‘ groups, international call.
Deadline: February 3, 2017 -
information

18th Translators' Workshop Mülheim (May 13 to 21, 2017). For translators of German new drama.
Deadline:
February 10, 2017
-
information

International Winter School of Physical Theatre
, Styria. Workshop (February 21 to 26, 2017) of the International University Global Theatre Experience (IUGTE) for dancer, choreographer, actors, and circus artists.
Deadline: February 10, 2017 -
information

Change of Scene! Funding rogramme of the German ITI and the Robert Bosch Stiftung for international cooperation projects in the performing arts between partners from the German-speaking countries and North Africa or Eastern Europe
Deadline:
February 15, 2017
-
information

EFFE 2017-2018: Award for European Festivals
Deadline: February 17, 2017 -
information

Open calls that support international mobility
of artists and cultural professionals are always available at the webpage of
On the Move. Cultural Mobility Information Network. OTM’s monthly newsletter is sent out in five languages.


>>> EVENTS, DATES, FURTHER NEWS

Information event
Artists Training: Refugee Class for Professionals, qualification opportunity offered by the Berliner Career College aiming to integrate artists refugees.
Next modules:
January 9 to 13, 2017: Music
February 27 to March 3, 2017: Culture and Media
March 20 to 24, 2017: Performing Arts
More dates available
here.

Webinar
TK health insurance webinar on the topic employees from abroad and posting, March 21, 2017. Information can be found
here.

Consultation
Consultation on rules on the import of cultural goods, European Commission, Directorate-General Taxation and Customs Union (open until January 23, 2017). For the online consultation, please follow this
link.

Database
artistresidencies.pl, the first Polish database for artists‘ residencies is online. It collects more than 30 Polish residency programmes, information on artists and events etc. and is provided in English and Polish. Find the database
here.

Conference
Beyond the obvious. Europe, quo vadis? The gathering of Culture Action Europe aims to look beyond the obvious. The conference takes place in Budapest from January 26 to 28, 2017.
Information is available
here.

Dance festival
Swiss Contemporary Dance Days, February 1 to 4, 2017: 4 days of new works by Swiss companies, shown at twelve theatres in Geneva. Accreditation is possible until January 7, 2017 (more information
here).

Dance and theatre festival
The 12th edition of the Croatian Theatre and Dance Showcase takes place from April 20 to 25, 2017 in Zagreb and Rijeka (more information
here).


>>> TOURING ARTISTS HELPDSK SERVICE
The touring artists helpdesk service provides individual consultations in Berlin or via telephone and email (beratung@touring-artists.info) on international projects and working stays abroad – free of charge. The service is a cooperation of ITI and IGBK with SMartDe – Netzwerk für Kreative e.V.


>>> PREVIEW
The next touring artists newsletter will be sent out in April 2017, focusing on the topic
income tax and VAT related to cross border activities. We will be happy about tips, experiences and questions concerning this topic. Just send an email to info@touring-artists.info


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touring artists Newsletter September 2016

Dear artists and colleagues,

Today you receive the first touring artists newsletter which from now on will be sent out quarterly. Each issue will focus on a specific topic and will keep you informed about news regarding international mobility and updates at www.touring-artists.info.

The September edition focuses on artists who fled their home countries and are now living in Germany as well as on artists who undertake projects with and for refugees in Germany. In this context you'll read:

  • 3 questions addressed to Monis Bukhari, Syrian House,
  • a summary of the workshop by ITI and IGBK for and with Syrian artists in Germany, in cooperation with the Syrian House, September 14, 2016 in Berlin,
  • information on events, initiatives, calls etc. that we consider important in this respect
  • and news and announcements beyond our September focus.

In line with our focus, we would like to draw your attention to the section Refugees welcome on www.touring-artists.info. Here information, tips and experiences are collected that provide practical orientation for refugee artists in Germany as well as for cultural professionals in Germany who (would like to) undertake projects with refugees.

At this point we are not only inviting you to read, but also to inform us about your activities: In an interactive map we are depicting projects within the visual and performing arts by, for and with refugees in Germany, which offers involved parties and interested people the possibility to share experiences and know-how.
We will gladly include your project as well: please fill out the short form (currently in German only, for assistance please contact info@touring-artists.info or +49 (0)30 611076513).

We are generally interested in your tips and questions! In order to provide a broad spectrum of up-to-date information, your support is important and necessary. We receive your feedback easily by email: info@touring-artists.info

We wish you stimulating reading
touring artists editorial team

Please note: You have not yet subscribed to the touring artists newsletter! If you would like to receive it quarterly, please send a message by email to: info@touring-artists.info

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>>> 3 QUESTIONS ADDRESSED TO ...

Monis Bukhari, Syrian House

How many Syrian artists are estimated to live in Germany currently?
Since 2013, Syrian artists are seeking refuge in Germany – as hundreds and thousands of Syrians are fleeing the war in their home country. Currently, thousands of Syrian artists are living in Germany, including more than 300 professional artists, most of whom belong to the Syrian social elite.

How many of these are artistically active in Germany? Concerning their artistic work: What are the most pressing questions and/or problems?
It is hard to say how many of the professional Syrian artists are active in Germany: many of them just arrived. But even after two or three years of living in Germany they are still at the early stages of networking and building their new life in the new environment – rooting is not that easy, especially for an artist. We keep noticing a wealth of concerts, theatre plays and art exhibitions presenting Syrian artists in many cities all over Germany, all while most of the artists are still struggling with the new language, which they need and want to learn.
The most pressing problem or challenge an artist faces in any new environment is building a network. Without a real network an artist does not really exist.

What is in your opinion a positive example for cooperation between German and Syrian artists - what is striking or noteworthy about it? And what would be desirable for future collaborations between German and Syrian artists?
One good example of cooperation between German and Syrian artists is the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra. Various German institutions, associations and artists support gathering the former Syrian Philharmonic Orchestra musicians and other Syrian musicians, many of whom are now living in Germany or in other European countries, in order to rehearse together and give concerts in different German cities. We need more projects like this – where German artists and the German art scene meet Syrian artists living in Germany – to build more fruitful connections.
Theatre is one example, where the best environment for productive cooperation can be established. One could, for example, think of a festival that introduces each ‘side’ to the other, followed by jointly created theatre plays of German and Syrian artists.

Monis Bukhari was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1978 and today lives in Berlin. He is a visual artist, journalist and blogger. He is also founder and director of the Syrian House, which aims to connect and network the Syrian community abroad and to support the exchange of information and know-how. This is realised primarily via facebook: In regional and thematic groups more than 150 000 members are exchanging issues about daily life and life in Germany. Moreover, Bukhari advises the West German Broadcasting Corporation (WDR) and other media services on programs for refugees.

Interview with Monis Bukhari: ’Teach Syrians how to live here, to communicate, how to exchange information and knowledge’, Global Media Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring/Summer 2016

>>> WORKSHOP BY ITI AND IGBK IN COOPERATION WITH THE SYRIAN HOUSE | SEPTEMBER 14, 2016 IN BERLIN

On September 14, 2016 ITI and IGBK together with the Syrian House invited to a workshop that was held in the media library of the Mime Centrum Berlin at Kunstquartier Bethanien. About two dozen Syrian artists, now based in Germany, followed the invitation, as well as delegates of some German cultural institutions. The idea of the get-together was to give an overview of the various information and consulting services that could be of interest for Syrian artists who are temporarily based in Germany or who wish to settle here. Another aim was to learn from the artists about questions and difficulties that appear concerning their artistic work in Germany.

ITI and IGBK gave an introduction into the structures of the performing and visual art sectors and presented the information portal www.touring-artists.info and its related helpdesk service, organised by SMartDe Netwerk für Kreative . Of great interest for the mainly performing artists was also the work of the BFDK – Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste (German Association of Independent Performing Arts) as well as of the PAP Performing Arts Program Berlin. The PAP, for example, provides a comprehensive advice service, a rehearsal studio platform, different mentoring programs and theatre scoutings.

The artists for their part told about the great number of Syrian artists and intellectuals currently living in Germany. About 85 theatre makers are based in Germany, most of them in Berlin. One of the biggest difficulties is networking with German cultural professionals, e.g. when looking for a performance venue for own theatre and dance productions.
Other pressing questions concern translations: Syrian playwrights – classic as well as contemporary – are rarely translated; but only the own language can be an adequate medium. Also, not all theatres in Germany are working with subtitles in English which makes the access to German productions more difficult.
The lack of international theatre education was also discussed. The few existing training opportunities often lack in quality – a disadvantage especially for artists who could not finish their studies in Syria.
There was consensus that the three topics – networking, translations, and (further) education – should be further discussed. Moreover, the idea came up to set up a database of Syrian artists in Germany. ITI, IGBK and the Syrian House – together with the BFDK and PAP - will continue the dialogue.

>>> TOURING ARTISTS FAVOURITES

Premiere: Drama by Mudar Al Haggi | October 4 to 9, 2016, various cities in the Ruhr area
عندما تبكي فرح | When Farah cries | Wenn Farah weint is the story of an emancipation: of Farah, a young woman in Syria. Her individual liberation from family-, social and patriarchal constraints occurs parallel to a social attempt of liberation: The story takes place around one year since the beginning of the Syrian revolution, there is still hope. The play brings together actors from Syria, Iraq, and Germany and is performed in 3 languages: Arabic, English, and German. The premiere took place in Berlin on September 24, 2016.
More information and performance dates are available here.

Event: Landscapes of Hope | October 1 to 3, 2016 at RADIALSYSTEM V, Berlin
Action for Hope, a NGO that supports cultural aid and development programs for refugees, presents together with Ettijahat-Independent Culture (Libanon) for three days a cultural program that brings together German citizens, Syrian refugees and others who live in the diaspora. Besides live music, exhibitions and a cooking show, the event first of all offers the possibility for discussions and personal meetings between people of various cultural and biographical backgrounds.
The program is available here. More information can be found on the website of the Radialsystem V.

Event: Welcome Artists #2 | October 10, 2016 at Kulturzentrum Pavillon, Hanover
How can cultural institutions and supporting bodies help facilitating access to the German cultural scene for refugees? What do international artists need to know in order to start working in Germany? The Cultural Office of the City of Hanover invites cultural professionals, refugees, cultural sponsors, and representatives of supporters' circles to discuss these and further questions critically. The event takes place in cooperation with Kulturzentrum Pavillon, with Cameo Kollectiv and umbaja e.V. touring artists and SMartDe – Netzwerk für Kreative e.V. will moderate the table talk "The information portal touring artists – questions about cross border working, artist exchange and international cooperation."
Information on the program and registration is available here.

Event: Goethe-Institut Damascus. In Exile | October 20 to November 5, 2016, Berlin
The Goethe-Institut in Damascus, established in 1955, was one of the first institutes worldwide. It closed in 2012 due to the security situation. Many people were forced to leave the country and are now in exile in Europe. To send a clear signal the Goethe-Institut is creating a symbolic place of cultural encounters in Berlin – with discussions, workshops, film series, installations, exhibitions, concerts, and performances.
More information and the program will follow shortly here.

Report: ‘Geflüchtet und angekommen?‘ (‘Taken refuge and settled?‘) A report by Stilbruch, rbb TV channel
How are refugee artists living and working in Berlin? Moderator Jaafar Abdul Karim meets creatives, who fled from Syria and are now living in Berlin.
The report (in German language) of September 15, 2016 will be available until September 15, 2017 in the media library.

Initiative: Refugee Class for Professionals in Arts, Media and Design
Since February 2016 the Berlin Career College of the Universität der Künste has been organising Refugee Classes which provide further training and networking possibilities free of charge for artists, media professionals and other creatives.

Initiative: HAJUSOM
At HAJUSOM in Hamburg young people meet international artists to work together. Theatre performances, audio pieces and songs, literary texts and interactive art actions, some of them in public spaces, are jointly developed.

Call: Akademie der ZUsammenKUNFT | Deadline: October 3, 2016
The Akademie der ZUsammenKUNFT, as part of the Initiative House of Statistics in Berlin, is a platform for exchanging artistic practices and other forms of knowledge. The academy fund supports the conception and organisation of artistic actions, seminars, lectures, walks and workshops on the topics migration society, city development, integrated housing, (self organised/institutional) education and art.
The second call of the Akademie der ZUsammenKUNFT just started, application deadline is October 3, 2016. More information is available here.

Funding: Cultural projects for young refugee women
Under the titel "Frauen iD - Women in Germany" the Paritätische Bildungswerk supports "Alliances for Education" that undertake cultural projects for refugee women between 18 and 26 years. It is a full funding which is granted by the Federal Ministry of Education in the context of the program "Kultur macht stark". Cultural activities of all sectors, such as theater, music, dance, painting and applied arts are supported. The aim is to strengthen the self-esteem and the self-learning competences of refugee women „in Deutschland“ - „iD“ (in Germany). Proposed projects have to be concluded by October 2017. Ongoing applications! More information is available here.

Funding: Robert Bosch Stiftung
With its program Get Together! Strengthening Dialog between Refugees and Local Communities the Robert Bosch Stiftung promotes pilot projects that initiate on-site meetings between refugees and the local community on an equal footing. Ongoing applications!

Funding: Fonds Darstellende Künste
The Fonds Darstellende Künste supports with its program HOMEBASE projects within the performing arts that adopt a conversational and intercultural approach. The cooperation with refugees and asylum seekers, with refugee artists or citizens with a migration background has to be a focus of the funded projects. The second round of application just came to an end.

Further training: Bodywork with refugees and migrants in Berlin
The further training ‘Bodywork with refugees and migrants‘ offered by SENECA INTENSIV is open for people who are artistically working with refugees or migrants through the body e.g. dancers, teachers or professionals in the fields of educational social work, political (youth) education, art education (theatre, music, dance).
Information, also on the application, is available on the website (in German only).

Reading: A Syrious Look
A Syrious Look is a magazine project that features Syrian writers and creative artists who have recently come to Germany. The first edition will be released in autumn 2016.

WHAT'S MORE

>>> OPEN CALLS

Residency at Taipei Artist Village 2017 (deadline: September 30, 2016 – for artists based in Munich)

PSi#23 “OverFlow” – Call for Papers for the Performance Studies international Annual Conference Hamburg 2017 (deadline: September 30, 2016)

International coproduction fund of the Goethe-Institut (deadline: October 30, 2016)

Künstlerhaus Lauenburg fellowships 2017 (deadline: October 31, 2016)

Tanzfonds Erbe funding for guest performances (deadline: October 31, 2016)

35. International Fadjr Theater Festival 2017 in Teheran (deadline: November 22, 2016

Akademie Schloss Solitude, fellowships 2017-2019 (deadline: November 30, 2016)

Perspektive – German French fund for contemporary art and architecture (the call for projects will start on October 1, 2016, deadline: December 1, 2016)

Open calls that support international mobility of artists and cultural professionals are always available at the webpage of On the Move. Cultural Mobility Information Network. OTM’s monthly newsletter is sent out in five languages.

>>> VERANSTALTUNGEN

Symposium: CHANGE OF SCENE. REFRAMING COOPERATION | October 12 to 14, 2016 in Berlin
The second Change of Scene symposium, organized by the International Theatre Institute and the Robert Bosch Stiftung, examines international cooperations: What do they look like in practice? How are common projects developed and under what conditions? In a wide-ranging program for and with Change of Scene cooperation partners and international theater professionals, the participants have the opportunity to present artistic works and pass on experience.
See the whole program here. Registration is still possible! Please send an email to: szenenwechsel@iti-germany.de

>>> TOURING ARTISTS HELPDSK SERVICE
The touring artists helpdesk service provides individual consultations in Berlin or via telephone and email (beratung@touring-artists.info) on international projects and working stays abroad – free of charge. The service is a cooperation of ITI and IGBK with SMartDe – Netzwerk für Kreative e.V.

>>> PREVIEW
The next touring artists newsletter will be sent out in December 2016, focusing on the topic mobility and social security. We will be happy about tips, experiences and questions concerning this topic. Just send an email to info@touring-artists.info

Contact
touring artists editorial team, email: info@touring-artists.info

touring artists is a project of the Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste(IGBK) and the International Theatre Institute (ITI) in Germany, initiated and supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM).

Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK)
Mohrenstraße 63, D - 10117 Berlin, www.igbk.de

German Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI)
Kunstquartier Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, D - 10997 Berlin, www.iti-germany.de

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