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

welcome to our March newsletter - with information on the next MONTHLY MEET-UP, which will take place on 20 March 2023 (in cooperation with the GOETHE-INSTITUT IM EXIL) at ACUD MACHT NEU in Berlin. This time the topic will be "Musicians, festivals, funding, locations - meet the music scene".  

On 4 April 2023, touring artists will be a guest of the Performing Arts Programme Berlin, facilitating the workshop "Working abroad - what do I have to consider?” (in German).  

You’ll also find information on updates to our website and about open calls that might be of interest to you. 

Enjoy the newsletter! 

Your touring artists team 


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Künstlersozialabgabe - the "user's contribution": social security contributions for artists and cross-border activities 

Is it necessary to pay the special social security contributions for self-employed artists, the Künstlersozialabgabe (KSA) for events of German ensembles or bands abroad, or on fees for rehearsals or for artistic services abroad? Is KSA relevant for fees paid to artists/publicists from abroad who perform in Germany? Are foreign organisers of events in Germany liable to pay contributions and what happens when artists collect money from the public themselves? 

Answers to these questions can be found here

Visa and residence conditions pursuant to Section 22 Sentence 2 AufenthG (humanitarian grounds) 

The new section contains information about visa and residence conditions pursuant to Section 22 Sentence 2 of the German Residence Act (AufenthG – Aufenthaltsgesetz).  

Section 22 AufenthG states that: “A foreigner may be granted a temporary residence permit for the purpose of admission from abroad for reasons of international law or on urgent humanitarian grounds.” 

You can find the text here

Organisations – Networks: Country list 

Our country list with contact points abroad that offer information and/or advice in the field of international work is online again. Sorted by country, you can search for cultural institutions that you may contact if you have any questions. Find it here    

The list is constantly being expanded. Please contact us with information if you would like us to add further organisations and contact points (  


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

20 March 2023: MONTHLY MEET-UP: musicians, festivals, funding, locations – meet the music scene  

The next MONTHLY MEET-UP is the perfect opportunity for musicians, festival organisers, and music industry professionals to come together. Our guests are Sophie Aumüller (Impuls neue Musik), Yeşim Duman (PopKultur), Korhan Erel (musician), and Mario Michel (Ausland Berlin). 

For the second time we are cooperating with the programme GOETHE-INSTITUT IM EXIL. In many countries Goethe-Institutes and other cultural institutes had to be closed due to war or censorship. GOETHE-INSTITUT IM EXIL aims to create a new space where artists can meet, exchange and network. As part of this cooperation, we are moving our MONTHLY MEET-UP to ACUD MACHT NEU Berlin. 

>> 20 March 2023, 5pm at ACUD MACHT NEU, Berlin; event in English, registration 

4. April 2023: Performing Arts Programm (PAP) online workshop: Working abroad - what do I have to consider? (in German) 

Guest performances or other artistic activities outside Germany are increasingly common. Which administrative regulations must be observed when working abroad? This workshop will explain the following basic principles: invoicing abroad (VAT in an international context), foreign withholding tax, coordination of social security in Europe and (self) posting with an A1 certificate, right of residence in states outside the EU as well as customs law, with a focus on applying for carnets. The workshop is aimed at artists living in Germany who are planning projects outside Germany. 

Information is available here; workshop in German 

Open calls

27 March 2023: City of Ulm: Kulturfestival Stürmt die Burg 2023 – project funding for art and cultural projects   

27 March 2023: City of Ulm: Kulturfestival Stürmt die Burg 2023 – stage slots for artists and cultural workers 

31 March 2023: Sculptor Andreas Kienlin – Artist residency in Asgard, Norway  

31 March 2023: Art on the building competition, Zentrum für Philologie und Digitalität (ZPD), Würzburg – international call 

2 April 2023: Kunstverein Ebersberg – Artist residency in Sofia, Bulgarien 

11 April 2023: Universität der Künste, Berlin – Postgraduate fellowship program 

15 April 2023: Schloss Wiepersdorf – Individual and Collaborative Fellowships 

15 April 2023: Schloss Plüschow Mecklenburgisches Künstlerhaus – Travel scholarships for artists with residence in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania 

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

31 May 2023: Culture Moves Europe – Individual mobility action 

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. 

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