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touring artists Newsletter Spring 2018

Dear artists and colleagues,

You receive the latest touring artists newsletter. This issue is dedicated to information on consultation and advice for artists and creatives. Read the interview with Margarete Goj of the Allianz Deutscher Designer (Alliance of German Designers) and get to know interesting approaches of consultation services in Germany and Europe.

Additionally, we keep you informed on news related to international mobility: open calls, latest changes in German law, EU cultural policy, events and announcements. And of course, we are sharing touring artists own news and activities.

At a glance
Focus: Advice for artists and creatives

touring artists news

And there is more

The newsletter is available via the following links:
German version
English version

The touring artists editorial team wishes you an inspiring reading!



Margarete Goj, Allianz Deutscher Designer (AGD)

The Allianz Deutscher Designer (AGD, Alliance of German Designers) offers different advice and training services for designers, among others the tool „Kollegen beraten Kollegen“ (colleagues advise colleagues). That sounds promising – could you please explain a little, how the service is organised and what kind of experiences you made with it so far?

Being the biggest German-speaking professional association for freelance designers, looking back at more than 40 years of consultancy experiences within the design industry and having about 2,600 members, we are aware of our competences, our strengths ... but we also know that we do not know everything. The need for advice is diversifying more and more, as the profile of the design profession becomes more divers. The advisory network Kollegen beraten Kollegen is our response. As the name implies, AGD members advise one another regarding topics relevant for the design sector. The service is open for members as well as for other designers not being members, for partners and customers. It is not just about factual knowledge, but also about reflection and (re-)assurance, about the identifying possibilities. That way new professional perspectives and contacts result which might be helpful for future design projects. At the moment 9 experts are part of the team, who are advising on a voluntary basis (for members); they are presented at our website In the future we would like to broaden the spectrum and are therefore looking forward to new experts.

We were happy to get to know AGD at our exchange meeting of consultation services last November. How is the AGD linked with other services in Berlin and Germany and possibly beyond? Are there interfaces with other sectors and art fields?

Basically, our office is the first contact when it comes to problems. But we consider it our responsibility, to refer to the right expert, especially in cases where we cannot cover the need for advice. We are linked with different institutions throughout Germany that lobby for the interests of our members and the creative industries and to which we refer to. Those are local institutions such as Kreatives Sachsen, THAK in Thuringia or national ones such as the Kompetenzzentrum der Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft or touring artists… And, conversely, we are available to answer questions in case that our know-how and expertise is in demand.
In January 2017 we moved the office from Braunschweig to Berlin, thus new possibilities for cooperation followed. The creative industries sector is constantly changing, and we are open to new networking partners in order to create synergies in consultation and training.

Do the consultation service and the training tools of AGD cover questions that concern cross-border activities? Is there a need for information, advice or knowledge transfer, e.g., regarding copyright or value added tax in an international context? If so, how do you respond to this need in your daily work?

Through our political work we are in parts strongly involved with internationally important legal topics such as copyright or property rights, the use of or remuneration for creative services in the internet. Within the individual consultations, issues such as working for a client abroad, the scope of terms and conditions, country specific contract law are of increasing importance. In these cases, we are usually cooperating with experts of the respective countries. In the course of this year we will, for example, also provide our General Contract Terms for communication designers, photographers and product designers in English language.

Margarete Goj has been engaged with public relations of the AGD since spring 2017. She studied art history, history and sociology and was responsible for developing the press and public relations work of the Stiftung Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie in Regensburg. For AGD she is setting up an integrated PR concept, is responsible for relevant presentations and she is the contact person for cooperation partners and media representatives.



Legal advice by students and question time in small groups – Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft
Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft has implemented interesting approaches within its advice service. Concerning questions related to the internet legal advice by students is offered, free of charge. This is realised in cooperation with the Cyber Law Clinic, Faculty of Law of Hamburg University. Thus, Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft supports freelancers, self-employed persons, founders, start-ups, smaller agencies etc. to act legally compliant and offers advice for first orientation.
Furthermore, a question time in small groups is provided regularly. Here basic information on being self-employed in the creative industries is given; topics vary according to individual requirements. Participation is also free of charge.
Both services are open for professionals in the creative fields in Hamburg! Information is available here.

Consultations at 14 locations and peer learning – Kreatives Sachsen
Kreatives Sachsen offers free of charge consultations on orientation for cultural professionals and creatives at 14 locations in Saxony. Main topic of these consultations are typical questions such as: How can I earn money with my ability? How can I draw peoples' attention to my person? Which networks exist, where can I find partners for a cooperation?
With their workshop format KreativKollaborativ Kreatives Sachsen puts the emphasis on learning from peer to peer.
More information here (German only).

Culture workshops in Berlin
The website berlinworkshops offers, sorted by date, a list of different workshops, trainings, conferences, book launches, discussions etc. in the cultural sector, taking place in Berlin.

Information portals and consultation services for artists and creatives working internationally in Europe and in the US
The information and advice service of touring artists focuses on artists and creatives based in Germany and working abroad temporarily as well as on those professionals based abroad who are coming to Germany for working reasons.
Also, in other countries support for artists and creatives related to cross-border activities is available. Services usually focus on a specific country:
Cuulturloket – Belgium (consultancies, info sessions, online information)
TINFO – Finland (online information for the theatre sector)
MobiCulture – France (individual consultation, seminars, online information)
DutchCulture Mobility Info Point – The Netherlands (advice, workshops, online information)
SMartAt Mobility – Austria (online information)
Polo Cultural Gaivotas | Boavista - Loja Lisboa Cultura (Lisbon Culture Bureau) – Portugal (information service, online information)
Arts and Theatre Institute – Czech Republic (online information, in progress)
tamizdat – USA (legal support on visa issues and entry requirements in the US)
Wales Arts International – Wales (advice)

These organisations are linked in different ways or are in direct exchange. Thus, information on cross-border questions can quickly be found and the improvement of services can jointly be discussed. In this context, different approaches are initiated and supported, e.g., by On the Move, the Cultural Mobility Network; most of the named organisations are a member of OTM.
The information and consultation services mentioned here are offered free of charge.




touring artists helpdesk service – new consultancy day
touring artists provides individual consultations for artists, creatives and cultural professionals – on entry requirements, foreigner tax, on KSK (the Artists`Social Security Fund), insurances etc. The service is free of charge and realised in cooperation with SMartDe – Netzwerk für Kreative e.V. As of now individual consultations in Berlin are taking place every MONDAY (registration is necessary, please contact us via email: Advice is also possible by telephone (+49 (0)30 2433 6740) or email.

Funding programme ‘Advice, support, and networking for transnational professionals working in art, media, and culture‘ of Berlin’s Senate Department for Culture and Europe
Support is provided for projects (having a Berlin focus) designed to facilitate professional integration of people working in art, media, and culture in any discipline who have left their countries of origin due to the current political situation.
Deadline for application is March 22, 2018
More information here.



Artists and cultural professionals from Turkey in Germany
touring artists is currently focusing on working possibilities for artists, creatives and cultural professionals from Turkey based in Germany. Therefore, an exchange meeting took place on January 29, 2018, to discuss and better understand the specific need for information and support. Artists from Turkey were invited as well as cultural institutions in Berlin working with colleagues from Turkey.
It became clear that in addition to basic information on working requirements and possibilities, e.g. on entry conditions, work permit, social insurance, funding, language classes etc., a special need for business matchmaking exists, for networking and inciting dialogue between artists and cultural professionals from Turkey and Germany.
touring artists will provide detailed information on these issues within the coming quarter.

New at
Have a look at the latest update at Marie Le Sourd (On the Move) expanded the comprehensive text on ‘Mobility and EU Cultural Policy’, written by Richard Polácek in 2013, with very valuable and up-to-date information! Very much recommended! To be found here.

Also new: Information on visa of limited territorial validity is available here.




Latest changes in law at touring artists
New deadlines for tax declarations, employer’s contribution to the KSK (the Artists` Social Security Fund), in 2018, new stipulation of travel allowances, etc. – what changes in 2018 in Germany can be found at touring artists here.

Social insurance when working abroad
The Techniker Krankenkasse offers a guideline which answers questions related to employment abroad. All new regulations in 2018 concerning social security are explained. The guideline is available online (in German language).

Mini-jobbers from abroad
The Minijob-Zentrale informs employers about regulations on low-paid employment when working with persons from abroad and explains different cases. To be found here (in German language).



European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018
2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Read the official announcement by the European Commission here and learn about The European Heritage Alliance 3.3’s activities here.

Leeuwarden and Valetta are the European Capitals of Culture in 2018
Since its beginning in 1985, the title ‘European Capital of Culture‘ has been granted annually by the European Commission (as of 2004 to at least 2 cities each year). The Capitals of Culture in 2018 are Leeuwarden (The Netherlands) and Valletta (Malta). More information here.

EU: Strategy for the Western Balkans
In February the European Commission adopted the strategy A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans. The deepening of the EU‘s relations with the Western Balkans will have an impact also on the cultural sector, e.g. the EU – Western Balkans Cultural heritage route was founded, which offers the possibility for cultural initiatives and events. More information here.



Export Fund – Focus Dance
With its programme Export Fund – Focus Dance, Dachverband Tanz Deutschland (The Association for Dance in Germany) provides three current open calls, addressed to producers/managers and artistic directors: a funding for coaching projects, and travel grants to visit Tanzplattform Deutschland and Czech Dance Platform.
Deadline: March 9, 2018 – information (German only)

Berlin Music Commission: Music Ambassador - Berlin unterwegs zu Partnern
Travel support for music professionals based in Berlin.
Deadline: March 10, 2018 – information here and here

Taipei Performing Arts Center: ADAM Artists Lab, Taiwan
Interdisciplinary residency programme in Taipei (August 15 to September 2, 2018) for artists in the context of the Asia Discovers Asia Meeting for Contemporary Performance – ADAM.
Deadline: March 10, 2018 – information

UNIDRAM 2018: 25th International Theatre Festival Potsdam
For visual theatre productions with a special focus on contemporary visual theatre that spans different genres.
Deadline: March 15, 2018 – information

Robert-Bosch-Stiftung: On y va - auf geht’s – let's go!
Ideas competition for exchange projects, jointly organised by 3 partner organisations from Germany, France and a third EU country.
Deadline: March 21, 2018 – information

International Short Dance Film Competition #4
For HD dance films on the topic ‘mutation‘.
Deadline: March 23, 2018 – information

Fonds Transfabrik: German-French fund for performing arts
Artistic projects between France and Germany; contemporary dance, contemporary theatre, Nouveau-Cirque, street theatre etc.
Deadline: March 25, 2018 – information

Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe: Ideas competition ‘Werkstatt der Kulturen‘ 2018
Call for new concepts for ‘Werkstatt der Kulturen‘, focus on the topics exile, escape and migration.
Deadline: March 27, 2018 – information

IETM Munich: Call for contributions
IETM Munich (October 31 to November 4, 2018) calls for contributions on the topic ‘Res Publica Europe‘.
Deadline: March 30, 2018 – information

Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu: Fellowship Program, Japan
For young artists and researchers (all fields of art, curatorial work, design, architecture).
Deadline: March 30, 2018 – information

Citofonare PimOff: Residencies in Milan
For groups in the fields performing arts and dance.
Deadline: March 31, 2018 – information

European Festivals Association EFA: Festival Production Management Training 2019
For young cultural managers; module I: January 16 to 19, 2019, in Antwerp.
Deadline: March 31, 2018 – information

International Theatre Festival in Tiflis
Participation in the programme ‘NEW‘, September 14 to 30, 2018, for contemporary theatre productions.
Deadline: April 1, 2018 – information

Berlin Summer University of the Arts: Two Steps Further, 18.-23. Juni 2018
For cultural management alumni.
Deadline: April 15, 2018 – information

ThoughtWorks: Arts residency 2018 in New York
For artists and technologists who works with issues of robotics, and the kinesthetics of human-robotic interactions.
Deadline: April 16, 2018 – information

Kulturstiftung des Bundes: Fonds TURN
For projects focusing on artistic practice in African countries.
Deadline: April 16, 2018 – information
WIENER WORTSTAETTEN: Prize for exil drama
For theatre plays (not performed so far!) on the topics identity and integration.
Deadline: April 30, 2018 – information

32th International Competition for Choreographers 2018 Hannover
For young choreographers.
Deadline: May 5, 2018 – information

DutchCulture I TransArtists: Deadlines of residencies worldwide 



1% for Culture Campaign
Culture Action Europe calls the European cultural sector to support their demands to ‘Ensure that 1% of the budget of each EU policy field is allocated to culture‘. Find out more about the campaign here.

PAM Meeting at Programme Commun in Lausanne
The Performing Arts Manager Meeting is open for manager in the theatre and dance sector and takes place on March 15, 2018, discussing the topic ‘international collaboration‘. More information is available here.

CREATIVE EUROPE supports culture. We explain how!
The Creative Europe Desk Kultur provides an introduction into the complex issue EU culture support, particularly into the programme CREATIVE EUROPE. The one-day seminars (March 15 Rendsburg, April 10 Mainz, April 17 or 18 Berlin, May 8 Bonn, May 24 Halle) focus on its sub-programme CULTURE. Detailed information is available here (in German language).

EDN Atelier in Prague: Authenticity of expression in the local context – post-soviet body
Within the scope of the Czech Dance Platform, Tanec Praha and the European Dance House Network (EDN) are inviting to take part in EDN Atelier. The event takes place from April 6 to 9, 2018 in Prague.
Registration is possible until March 21, 2018. More information here.

60 years FIDENA | Figurentheater der Nationen
FIDENA is celebrating its birthday and organises its biennial festival from May 9 to 18, 2018 which brings together international stars, newcomers and puppetry discoveries in the Ruhr area. More information here.

Landesjugendring Berlin: Legal situation of young refugees
On May 24, 2018 Landesjugendring Berlin provides a further training on the legal situation of young refugees (right of residence, asylum procedures, working conditions, fees, allowances, education, right to stay etc.). More information and registration here.

New information portal ‘Musik und Integration‘
The Deutsche Musikinformationszentrum (MIZ) just launched the information portal ‘Musik und Integration‘ (Music and Integration). It collects information on projects with refugees in the music sector and provides music professionals with support as well as research and exchange options. Have a look here.

Kulturbüro Rheinland-Pfalz: Abgabepflichten im Kulturbetrieb – GEMA, Künstlersozialabgabe, Ausländersteuer und mehr
The seminar is organised by Kulturbüro Rheinland-Pfalz in Heidelberg on May 24, 2018. Information and registration here (in German language).

ITI Germany collects information on the status of artists in Europe
Artists from, e.g., Germany who would like to get information on production possibilities and contact persons in, e.g., Belgium, Bulgaria or Spain, will gain easier access to this information in the future. The ITI Germany following an initiative of the European Secretariat of German Culture NGOs starts compiling information on the status of artists and the support of the performing arts in Europe.
The collected information will be available online shortly. The collection is a cooperation project with the European Network of Information Centres for the Performing Arts (ENICPA) and national organisations of the performing arts in several European countries as well as the German Association of Independent Performing Arts (Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste).


The next touring artists newsletter will be send out in summer, focusing on artists and cultural professionals from Turkey – arriving in Germany. We will be happy about tips, experiences and questions concerning this topic. Please let us know by email (to


The touring artists helpdesk service provides individual consultations in Berlin or via telephone and email ( 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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