Step by step, our guide will lead you to all the important information you might need for your international work.

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The Guide


Artists and culture professionals (promoters, collectives, associations etc.) of all disciplines can make use of free individual consultations on international projects and working stays abroad or in Germany. The focus of the consulting is on the basics of the administrative rules of international projects and working stays abroad or in Germany. Please note that the information of the touring artists helpdesk service is not legally binding and cannot replace professional tax or legal advice.

The service is aimed at:

  • Artists and culture professionals residing in Germany who have questions related to working stays abroad
  • Artists and culture professionals residing abroad who have questions on working stays in Germany
  • Artists from abroad who have recently relocated to Germany
  • Cultural venues and event organizers in Germany working with artists from abroad

The helpdesk service can advise on the following topics:

  • Administrative regulations related to international projects to/from Germany (visa and residence, transport and customs, taxation, social security, contracts, insurances)
  • Research on mobility funding from/to Germany (export funding, travel or transport support, funding for international projects)
  • Orientation consultations for artists from abroad who have recently relocated to Germany regarding the administrative basics of working in Germany

Unfortunately, the helpdesk service cannot assist with the following concerns:

  • Binding legal and tax advice
  • Networking and collaborations abroad or in Germany
  • General administrative questions not related to international projects (e.g. applications for the “Künstlersozialkasse”)
  • General questions on funding and grants
  • Administrative regulations in other countries (you can contact our partner organizations in the Mobility Information Points network instead, more information here)

Consultation by telephone or online - make an appointment

The helpdesk service offers individual consultation by e-mail, telephone or online only. Contact person is Sebastian Hoffmann, part of the touring artists team.
Please make an appointment by e-mail beratung[at] or use the online form.
The service is free of charge and available in German, English, and Turkish.



ITI Germany, IGBK, and Dachverband Tanz shall not be liable for their information and advisory services - except in cases of intent and gross negligence. This applies in particular with regard to the timeliness, suitability for use and completeness of the information published and transmitted.


We expressly point out that the helpdesk services are provided by non-lawyers and therefore no legally binding information is given. The information can only provide a starting point for an optimal final draft in any specific case of use, it is intended for orientation and inspiration.

touring artists is a cooperation of ITI Germany, IGBK and Dachverband Tanz, supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
Consultations for artists and culture professionals from countries affected by crisis are also part of the project ‘International Artists Info Berlin‘, supported by the Senatsverwaltung Kultur und Gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhalt Berlin, programme ‘Weltoffenes Berlin‘.