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In April and May, we will be on the road and on-site at the Discovery Art Fair in Cologne, jazzahead! in Bremen, XJAZZ! Festival in Berlin, and at the Strasbourg Music Week. Additionally, we are excited about the Cultural Mobility Forum 2023, organised by On the Move, which will take place on 9 and 10 May 2023 in Tunis and online – registration is now possible.

On 22 May 2023, the next MONTHLY MEET-UP will take place. This time, the topic will be ”Working in the performing arts”.

You can read more about these events in our April newsletter. You will also find information about updates to our website and open calls that may be of interest to you.

Please note: Our helpdesk service will only be available on a limited basis from 20 April until 2 May 2023; requests will be answered from 2 May.

Enjoy the newsletter!
Your touring artists team



Here you can meet touring artists in April and May 2023:

22 April 2023: Discovery Art Fair Cologne

touring artists will be a guest at the Discovery Art Fair Cologne for contemporary art. This year's event will take place from 21 to 23 April in Cologne, the second part is organised in Frankfurt/Main in November. We will be present in Cologne to present touring artists information and helpdesk service.
See the event calender

29 April 2023: Brexit Infopoint at jazzahead! in Bremen

There has been a long and lively exchange between the German and British jazz scene. In the short presentation at jazzahead! we will inform attendees about the Brexit Infopoint: What are the main administrative obstacles for cross border activities between Germany and the UK at the moment? What are the issues we can support you with?
See the event calender

9/10 May 2023: Cultural Mobility Forum 2023

On the Move invites intrested people to its Cultural Mobility Forum 2023 in Tunis and online, hosted by Culture Funding Watch and live streamed by HowlRound and Basita.Live.
This years forum aims at (re)contextualising the conversation on cross-border artistic mobility and environmental sustainability, unfolding the interdependencies between privileged (Western) Europe and other territories. A variety of voices from the Global South will be heard.
The programme and registration information are available here.

14 May 2023: ARTISTS! in Exile: Building connections through shared knowledge, workshops and collaborations

As part of the XJAZZ! FESTIVAL – 8 to 14 May 2023 in Berlin – and in collaboration with GOETHE-INSTITUT IM EXIL, the programme brings essential information, personal connections, and knowledge to artists in exile and provides a platform to build a strong community. touring artists will be on-site and will take part in the discussions. More information to come! See the event calender

16/17 May 2023: STRASBOURG MUSIC WEEK – La connaissance des marchés

At the Strasbourg Music Week, touring artists will be present at two presentations and discussions under the label 'La connaissance des marchés' (Knowing the markets):
The first presentation will be on the topic of “structure and financing“ - How do you finance a company in Germany or Switzerland? Is a licence mandatory? An overview of different structures in Europe. The other presentation will be on the topic of “Payments and contracts“- contracts, salaries, holidays, rights, and more.
See the event calender

22 May 2023: MONTHYL MEET-UP – Working in the performing arts

Our next MONTHLY MEET-UP will take place on 22 May 2023, again at ACUD MACHT NEU Berlin – this time on the topic “Working in the performing arts“. Our guests will be a. o. Georg Scharegg (artistic director, managing director TD Berlin) and Natalie Driemeyer (dramaturg Hans-Otto Theater Potsdam).
For the third time we are cooperating with the programme GOETHE-INSTITUT IM EXIL. More information is available on our website.
See the event calender

touring artists news/ updates

British in Germany/in the EU.
Access to the European labour market – British culture professionals protected by the Withdrawal Agreement

British cultural workers who are protected by the Withdrawal Agreement because they have already lived in Germany or another EU state since before 31 December 2020, can continue to work without restrictions in their country of residence. However, this freedom only applies in the country of residence. If they want to work and/or offer services in another EU state, the same conditions apply to them as to non-EU nationals.
Read the information here.

Shipping artworks post-Brexit – case study by J. Young

As an artist living between the UK and mainland Europe, J. Young frequently exhibits art works in the EU. He is also co-operating a small pop-up gallery and curatorial project in the UK.

“Before Brexit we ran a number of projects with countries in Asia (China, Hong Kong and Korea) (…) and were navigating customs systems on the other side of the world. Now that Britain has left the EU, we are in a similar position receiving artworks from mainland Europe as we were with the rest of the world.“
Read about his experiences here.

Withholding tax in Denmark and Luxembourg

In many countries, withholding tax (a type of double income tax; another common term is “foreigner tax“) is levied for artistic performances or for the exploitation of rights of use.
Here we share information on withholding tax in Denmark and in Luxembourg, provided in cooperation with CultureBooking.

Sample invoices for artistic services abroad

When artists based in Germany provide services (such as performances, lectures etc.) to clients based abroad, the question of whether these clients are businesses/cultural institutions/associations (B2B: Business to Business) or private individuals (B2C: Business to Consumer) makes a difference when invoices are issued. Two commented sample invoices for artistic services in other EU countries can be found here.

Open calls

23 April 2023: Dreaming Beyond AI – In the Loop, Residency

25 April 2023: Kreativ-Transfer – Funding of travel expenses and strategic projects for international marketing, networking and professionalisation for galleries

30 April 2023: Akademie Schloss Solitude – Web residency “Algorithmic Poetry”

5 May 2023: Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral – Residential fellowships 2024 & project and travel grants for visual artists with relation to Rhineland-Palatinate

7 May 2023: Berlin Global Village – Art competition “Decolonial Memorial”

14 May 2023: Kreativ-Transfer – Funding of travel expenses and strategic projects for international marketing, networking and professionalisation - games

15 May 2023: Participation at the Kreativ-Transfer Showcase at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2024

30 May 2023: Kreativ-Transfer – Funding of travel expenses and strategic projects for international marketing, networking and professionalisation for project spaces

31 May 2023: Culture Moves Europe – Individual mobility action

31 May 2023: Goethe-Institut – Cities ahead: Augsburg - Placemaking

30 June 2023: Kunststiftung NRW – Work and research grants

1 July 2023: Kulturstiftung Freistaat Sachsen – Residency scholarships

International calls for applications for mobility funding can also be found on the website of On the Move.

touring artists helpdesk service

As part of the touring artists consulting service, individual consultations are available free of charge by telephone and e-mail on international projects and work stays abroad. To register, please visit our website or send an email to
Please note: the helpdesk service will not be available between 20 April - 2 May 2023. The waiting time for appointments may be slightly longer.

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