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Dear artists, dear partners and friends of touring artists, dear supporters,  

The year 2023 is already in full flow! We wish you all a good start, with many interesting encounters, exciting projects and new perspectives!  

We have started the new year with a few updates. You will find details in this newsletter. Our newsletter has also changed: from now on you will receive a short monthly overview of updates, upcoming events and announcements. Every six months you can also read an interview with an expert on a current topic in the newsletter.  

We hope you enjoy reading it!   

Your touring artists team   



Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria  
The Federal Foreign Office provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. What visa requirements apply if affected relatives are to be brought to Germany? What does the Berlin Senate’s simplification of the visa procedure mean? 
Click here for more information.  

There have been some changes in the new year. You can find all the information here

Croatia is part of the Schengen area 
As of January 2023, Croatia is part of the Schengen area and the eurozone. 
Informationen of the European Council 

The contribution rate for artists' social insurance increased from 4.2 % to 5.0 % in 2023. 
Information of the Künstlersozialkasse (in German) 

Flat-rate amounts for business trips abroad 
Information from the Federal Ministry of Finance on flat-rate amounts for additional expenses for meals and accommodation costs for business trips abroad from 1 January 2023. 
Information (in German) 

Tax treatment of travel expenses 
Information from the Federal Ministry of Finance on the tax treatment of travel expenses and travel expense reimbursements for business and work-related trips abroad as of 1 January 2023. 
See the info sheet here (in German) 

The upper remuneration limit will increase from 1,600 euros to 2,000 euros per month from January 2023. Up to the income limit, employees pay lower social security contributions. 
Information of the Minijobzentrale (in German) is updated here

Easier access to unemployment benefits for predominantly short-term employees 
Easier access to unemployment benefits is established for employees who are predominantly employed for a short period of time. The regulation takes into account also the specifics of the arts and culture sector. 
The Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales informs here (in German). 

From January 2023, the "Bürgergeld“ will replace the previous unemployment benefit II (colloquially known as Hartz IV) - as basic security for jobseekers. 
Information of the Arbeitsagentur (in German) 
Information of the BMAS (in German) 

Supply chain act 
From January 2023, the Supply Chain Act will come into force: human rights and environmental protection will be strengthened in global supply chains. Initially, the law will apply to companies with at least 3,000 employees. 
Information of the BMAS 

Authentication of signatures on documents – competence 
Since January 2023, the Bundesamt für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten - BfAA (Federal Office for Foreign Affairs) has been responsible for the final certification of signatures on German public documents for use abroad. Previously, the Bundesverwaltungsamt (Federal Office of Administration) was responsible. 
Information (in German) 

The “Chancen-Aufenthaltsrecht” has been introduced as of January 2023. It is intended to give those who have “tolerated” (Duldung) status a permanent right of residence in Germany. 
Information of Pro Asyl (in German) 
Information of the Federal Government 

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touring artists news

New year - new website!  
With the start of the new year, the touring artists website is also getting a new outfit! Besides the new design, we are happy to present you the guide. The guide helps you find the most important information on your international work, step by step.   
Click here to go to the new website.   

Appointment at the Immigration Office  
“Ausländerbehörde, Auslandsvertretung, Landesamt für Einwanderung, Ausländeramt, aliens‘ office, foreigners‘ office, immigration office, Alien Authority. Whatever you call it (…), it’s a place that tends to haunt immigrants in their dreams.“ 
Read Kathleen Parker's article, Red Tape Translation, here, which presents important things to do when preparing for a freelance residence permit appointment.     

Are you an employed artist or working self-employed abroad and taking on a mini-job in Germany? Or would you like to employ an artist from abroad as a mini-jobber? In this article you can find information on regulations that apply regarding social security.  

touring artists is Brexit Infopoint  
Since autumn 2022, touring artists includes Brexit Infopoint. We offer information and advice on questions specifically related to mobility between the UK and Germany.   
The website contains information on entry requirements, regulations on employment, customs regulations, etc. Here you can also read the article by musician Sebastian Eppner on his experiences of 'touring with a carnet'.   
If you have individual questions, you can make an appointment for a free consultation. An appointment can be made via this form.  
The Brexit Infopoint can be found here.   

Brochure 'Der Reisebegleiter / The Travel Companion’  
Our brochure 'The Travel Companion' has also been published in its 5th updated and expanded edition in a new design. It gives - in a small format on about 90 pages - an overview of the entire range of information and advice offered by touring artists, with helpful insights into various administrative topics, info sources, checklists, etc.   
The brochure can be ordered free of charge: Please send an e-mail to Interested in a larger number of copies to pass on? Please feel free to contact us. 


Here you can meet touring artists in February and March 2023:  

15-17 February 2023: Digital symposium - Money Matters: accounting and procurement law explained, inquired and discussed.   
The Performing Arts Programme Berlin looks at an important topic in the independent performing arts: accounting and procurement law. During the multi-day digital symposium, the topic will be reflected from different angles.  
touring artists, PAP and PerformYourArt are organising the workshop "Ways through the labyrinth of accounting".  

20 February 2023: MONTHLY MEET-UP - Working as a film artist in Berlin   
touring artists' MONTHLY MEET-UP meets GOETHE-INSTITUT IM EXIL. We invite transnational filmmakers who are new to Berlin to ACUD MACHT NEU. We have guests who can look back on a longer experience as filmmakers (in Berlin and in Germany): Bärbel Mauch (film director and producer) and Mohammad Shawky Hassan (film director). They will give an insight into their work and share their experiences of the film industry in Berlin and Germany. At the same time, we want to get to know you and your projects and provide space for networking.  
For the first time we are cooperating with the programme Goethe-Institut in Exile. In many countries Goethe-Instituts and other cultural institutes had to be closed due to war or censorship. Goethe-Instituts in Exile aims to create a space where artists can meet, exchange and discuss.  
>>> 20 February 2023, 5 pm CET  
>>> ACUD MACHT NEU, Veteranenstraße 21d, Berlin,  
>>> Information and registration   

13 March 2023: Taxes international  
The Performing Arts Programm Berlin and touring artists are hosting a webinar on 'Taxes International' in English.   
Information will be shared here shortly.   

Brexit - All about touring in the UK   
touring artists was a guest of Initiative Musik on 8 February 2023 and co-hosted a webinar on 'Touring in the UK'. The webinar presents the most important changes and consequences of Brexit for musicians and representatives of the German music industry. Among other things, it deals with the new entry regulations to the UK, aspects such as taxes, social security and transport/customs regulations in the UK.   
The webinar can be watched here (Youtube, in German).  

What others do:  

7 March 2023: Mobility Webinar: Parenting, Care and Cultural Mobility.  
On the Move's webinar asks how our ecosystem considers and manages parenting, especially for women, at different stages of the creative value chain.  
>>> 7 March 2023, 15 to 16.30 CET  
>>> Information 

Acting sustainably

Sustainability also plays a major role in the arts, be it in production or touring. We would therefore like to draw your attention to the publication of the new version of the Eco Rider of the Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste. You can find it here.


Open calls

24 February: Dachverband Tanz Deutschland - Travel and accommodation expenses in the context of further and advanced training in dance education   

28 February 2023: Prospektiv e.V. - Experimance Festival 2023  

28 February 2023: KULTUR ENSEMBLE Palermo - Residency Programme Atelier Panormos - La Bottega  

1 March 2023: Ensemble Modern and International Ensemble Modern Academy - ICCS young_talents 2023  

20 March 2023: Institut Francais Deutschland/ Fonds Tanzfabrik - Artistic Projects and Cooperations between France and Germany  

15 April 2023: Schloss Wiepersdorf - individual and cooperation scholarships   

End of April 2023: Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral - Attendance Scholarships  

 31 May 2023: Culture Moves Europe - mobility grants for the implementation of international projects.  

30 June 2023: Kunststiftung NRW - Work and Research Scholarships  

1 July 2023: Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony - Residence Scholarships  

Deadline to be announced: Schloss Plüschow Mecklenburgisches Künstlerhaus - Travel Scholarships for Visual Artists from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania  

5 March 2023: Tallinn: The Art of being good - Goethe Institut 

15 March 2023: Dresden-Hellerau und Gut Siggen: Bücher Übersetzen - Brücken Schlagen - Goethe Instituts 

17 March 2023: BangloREsidency - Goethe Institut 

20 Feburary 2023: RADIO ART RESIDENCY - Goethe Institut 

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

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