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

In the following you will find a few event announcements and other information for July and August 2023 and beyond, which might give you some distraction during the hot temperatures. In addition, we would like to draw your attention to exciting topics on our website and keep you up to date on open calls for proposals.

We hope you enjoy reading!

Your touring artists team



Here you can meet touring artists in the near future:  

July + August 2023: Get started! First steps in self-employment  
Series of events by Kreativ Kultur Berlin in cooperation with touring artists. The series of online and offline events offers insight into various topics that are important for starting self-employment in Germany. In addition, tips and good practice examples are provided and networking with artists and creative professionals in Berlin is supported.  
July 26, 2023: #3 Get started! Orientation in taxes and invoicing  
August 9, 2023: #4 Get started: Health and social insurance basics  
August 24, 2023: #5 Get connected! Networking in Berlin's creative and cultural scene  
Information on all dates of the "Get started!" event series can be found here.  

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September 20/21, 2023: touring artists Symposium on Collaborations between Germany and the UK in Hamburg, Germany 

touring artists is organizing a symposium on EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement (former called Brexit) and its consequences for the cultural sector. The aim is to improve networking between actors in the cultural sector, cultural administration and cultural policy and to exchange knowledge and experience on relevant topics related to EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement. The thematic focus on 20.09.2023 will be issues related to city partnerships, festivals and artist residencies as well as better networking at the local level. The 21.09.2023 is part of the Reeperbahn Conference program and will focus on tips and experiences for German-British actors in the music scene.
Participation is free of charge on both days and the symposium will be conducted mainly in English. If you have any questions or would like to register, please send an email to We will keep you updated via social media and our website.

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October 11-12, 2023: BFDK - System Check Conference in Berlin  

The Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste invites you to the final conference of the research project "Systemcheck" at Podewil, Berlin. Research results and resulting recommendations for action will be presented.  

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"Künstlersozialabgabe": Social security contributions for artists in an international context
Self-employed artists/publicists can insure themselves via the Artists' Social Security Act (KSVG). The KSA also plays a role in cross-border and international activities. For example, the KSA contributions are not due on fees paid to artists/publicists who provide services abroad that are utilized exclusively abroad and not in Germany. However, KSA contributions are payable on fees for foreign self-employed artists/publicists who render services in Germany.
You can find more information here.

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.  

Open calls

July 31, 2023: Künstlerhaus Lukas - residency grants at Künstlerhaus Lukas & fellowships at partner organizations abroad (Baltic Sea region) 2024/2025.  

August 3, 2023: zusa, Insha Osvita: Culture Helps / Культура допомагає: Collaboration grants.  

August 15, 2023: ifa - exhibition funding + artist contacts.  

August 31, 2023: Künstlerhaus Schöppingen - residency grants 2024.  

August 31, 2023: Chemnitz 2025: Cross-border cooperation Czech Republic, Poland, Germany  

September 12, 2023: European Media Art Platform - Residencies 2024  

Current international calls for mobility funding can also be found on the website of On the Move. Cultural Mobility Information Network. 

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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 at or send an email to

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