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Newsletter autumn 2020


Dear artists and colleagues,

in this newsletter we would like to take an optimistic approach and look at the positive things that have developed in recent months. Although artistic work is still restricted in many areas and mobility in particular is suffering, there are now some alternatives to mobility. The focus of this newsletter is on these alternatives.
We asked Therese Hueber and Leonhard Heydecker from the Music Department of the Goethe-Institut three questions about their Virtual Residencies programme and asked them, among other things, how the programme was received.
Finding digital solutions is the motto of a consultancy service offered by the Mediathek for Dance and Theatre at ITI Germany, which we would like to present to you.
We are pleased to announce that our Monthly Meet-Up could take place again and hope that the series can now be continued without interruption. Furthermore, we are currently producing a video series that summarises the most important facts and questions in short tutorials when working across borders. You will be able to see the result on our channels soon.
In this newsletter, we will also draw your attention to current changes in the law and to events that may affect and interest you as a creative artist.


Focus: Alternatives to mobility

•    3 questions to Therese Hueber and Leonhard Heydecker from the music department of the Goethe-Institut

•    Virtual Residencies
•    Mobility Info Points online session
•    Consulting Digital solutions

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•    "Monthly Meet-Up"

•    Corona-FAQ for transnational artists in Germany
•    Reality-Check Tutorials
•    Online-Session (En)forced mobility


•    Current changes in the law in Germany & abroad

•    EU cultural policy
•    Call of Applications
•    Events
•    What else?

The touring artists editorial team wishes you an interesting read!


3 QUESTIONS TO... Therese Hueber and Leonhard Heydecker from the music department of the Goethe-Institut

Can you give us a brief overview of how the Virtual Residencies format works?
The Virtual Partner Residencies are an offer for artistic collaborations in digital space. They are aimed at professional solo artists and small ensembles in the field of music in Germany and abroad who are currently unable to work together physically due to the Corona pandemic. During the work phase, for example, joint research can be carried out, compositions can be worked out, innovative digital concepts, projects or pre-productions can be developed. Other or interdisciplinary formats with a focus on music are also possible. The focus is on cooperation in partnership and intensive exchange. Applications can be submitted by artists/ensembles from abroad as well as by artists/ensembles whose life and work focuses on Germany. However, the prerequisite is that artists or ensembles resident in Germany are included.
Applications are accepted by e-mail at with a lead time of four weeks. In the event of support, a scholarship of 1,200 € per partner will be paid.

Have the first residencies already started? What experiences have you had with them and has there already been feedback from those involved?

Many residencies are taking place at the moment or in the next two months, but only a few have been completed so far. The feedback we have received so far is very positive. The artists are grateful to have the opportunity to be financially supported in the current situation. And the results we have achieved so far are very promising. Since the call for applications in mid-May, demand has remained very high. We receive new applications every day, many of which meet high artistic standards.

What were the hurdles and challenges for you? What are challenges for the artists?
The Goethe-Institut's Department of Music has been looking after various funding formats for years and is therefore familiar with the application procedures. The challenge was in the run-up to the call for applications. When it became clear to us at the end of March that no major music projects abroad would be able to take place so quickly, and that many artists would no longer be able to work, we were suddenly faced with the challenge of having to think about funding formats other than travel grants for music projects abroad, one of our main areas of work. Everyone in the team worked together, so that only a few weeks passed from the first collection of format ideas to the publication of the call for proposals.
Musicians are well informed and exchange ideas on many levels, as the last few weeks show. Not being able to make music or record pieces together in one room, however, presents some artists with new challenges. Many artists have to deal with IT issues such as latency, suitable software and recording technology before they start their collaboration. The technical requirements vary from project to project and the artists have different experience in working with digital technologies. And not everywhere in the world is a stable and inexpensive internet connection available to musicians. All applicants express the wish to be able to present the projects developed in the virtual work phase to an audience, hopefully soon.

Should the programme continue after the Corona pandemic and be extended to other sectors?
Firstly, we have extended the programme until 31 July 2021. We do not yet know how things will continue after the Corona pandemic. In the course of the discussions on resource-saving cultural work, which are also being held in our country, we will possibly return to this form of artistic cooperation as an "alternative to mobility".


While the international mobility of artists has almost come to a standstill in the Corona lockdown, this extraordinary situation, but also the currently growing number of political conflicts worldwide, has made us aware of the necessity of cultural mobility. In times of crisis, alternatives are needed to rethink existing forms of artistic exchange. Thanks to the digital possibilities of our time, virtual residencies have established themselves as a new format with which closed borders can be overcome, at least temporarily.
Various institutions around the world rely on such or similar programmes, which continue to make international cooperation possible. These programmes are primarily concerned with the joint implementation of research, the development of concepts and projects, the creation of artistic (pre-)productions or digital training or exchange formats. The focus is therefore on artistic and partnership-based cooperation and exchange opportunities.

ARTCONNECT has published a Guide to Virtual Residencies, which provides general information on this format and its sub-formats, such as Instagram Residencies. It also discusses to what extent artists but also organisations can benefit from virtual residencies.

In addition to the Goethe-Institut, the Martin Roth Initiative has also set up a programme of virtual residencies, which it describes with the aim of exchange and collaboration in virtual space. The collaboration is to take place between a host organisation and the scholarship holder. The programme period is initially planned to run until 31.12.2020 However, depending on how the pandemic develops, there is the possibility of extending this period.

The initiative Artists in Nature International Network (AiNIN) has also launched a programme for virtual residencies. The theme here is "Dynamic natural connections". The network is looking for generative, process-oriented art and research projects that are rooted in nature. The programme is scheduled to run from January to March 2021. The application deadline is 15 November 2020.

The Akademie Schloss Solitude web residencies are an additional subformat of the virtual residencies. They are designed as 4-week Web Residencies for artists, designers, cyborgs, hackers and researchers who use digital space. Next application deadline is 15 October 2020.
Once a year, the Academy also awards the HASH production prize to an outstanding web residency project.

Advance notice: Online talk on the artists' perspective on international work

The network of Mobility Info Points is planning an online session for the second half of November 2020, which will focus on the experiences and perspectives of artists on international work. How are artists at home all over the world shaping their work during the Corona pandemic? What hopes and fears do they have, what approaches do they follow to continue?
Hosted by the MIPs, as part of the On the Move network, the session is hosted by Motovila (Ljubljana).
Stay up to date, we inform you about touring artists Facebook.

Consulting Digital solutions

The Mediathek for Dance and Theatre at ITI Germany continuously develops and pursues discourses around digitality in art processes. It accompanies scientific research, artistic debate and the reception by those interested in culture in this field. On this basis, the team of the Media Library offers exchange and consulting services for art actors, scientists, pupils and students on top.



Another MONTHLY MEET-UP could take place on 21 September 2020. In order to be able to keep the necessary hygiene measures and distance regulations we went to the tango school Tangotanzen macht schön.
In terms of content, the question "What's up with Förderung?" led us to our topic about the promotion of art and culture. In a first part the touring artists team gave an overview of the local funding landscape and then formulated tips and hints for the application. Afterwards our guests Gabi Beier (Ada Studios) and Solvej Ovesen (Galerie Wedding) had the floor and gave insights into their work and shared their experiences and impressions on the topic.

The Monthly Meet-Up is aimed at transnational artists and creative people who are new to Berlin and are trying to gain a foothold there. Administrative issues relevant to artistic work in Berlin can be discussed. Members of Berlin art institutions are on site to present their work and there is the possibility to meet and network with other artists.

Next dates
19 October 2020: "What's the deal with KSK?”: What is the KSK? What are the advantages of being in the KSK? Who is allowed in the KSK? How do I prepare my KSK application? I am in the KSK and want to go abroad? How do I stay in the KSK?
16 November 2020: "Working outside of Berlin": How do you find ways to be artistically active in Germany outside of Berlin, to present your work there, to receive funding? How do you network with artists in other regions?

Please always inform yourself about any updates in advance of our meetings. Basically, the Monthly Meet-Ups will take place until the end of the year from 3-5pm in the Tango School Tangotanzen macht schön (Oranienstraße 185).

Corona-FAQ for transnational artists in Germany

You have questions about travel restrictions for Germany. You are stranded in Germany and currently have no health insurance for Germany. Does applying for Corona emergency aid affect your residence permit?
These and other questions are answered by touring artists in the Corona-FAQ, which specifically addresses transnational artists in Germany.

Video Tutorials: Reality Check

touring artists has started this month with the creation of a video tutorial series, which summarises the most important basics of international work in the art and creative sector in the form of a Reality Check. In the first four tutorials the video focuses on the topics of entry, residence, work permits, status and contracts, transport and customs. In short sequences, our team member Sebastian explains the most important facts about these topics in the Reality Check.
The four tutorials will be available on our Youtube channel from 05.10.2020.

Online session (En)forced mobility

On 9 June 2020 touring artists was part of the online session (En)forced mobility, organised by On the Move and Howlround. Artists are internationally mobile for various reasons. But what if an artist is forced to leave their home country due to conflict or persecution? What are the effects of the Corona Pandemic?
The informal discussion was moderated by Mary Ann DeVlieg, participants were colleagues and artists from Tamizdat, ICORN and the Cité Internationale des Arts.
The online session can be viewed and read on the Howlround website.


Current changes in the law in Germany & abroad

Temporary reduction in value added tax
VAT will be reduced temporarily from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020. The regular tax rate will be reduced from 19 percent to 16 percent, the reduced tax rate from 7 percent to 5 percent. The reduction is part of the Federal Government's current economic stimulus package.

Revised copyright law in Switzerland
The revised copyright law has been in force in Switzerland since 01 April 2020. The amendments to the new copyright law, which came into force in 2019, will strengthen the rights of creative artists and the cultural industry. This includes, among other things, protection of photographs, which protects all photography, even if it is not a work of art or if the photographs do not have an individual character. This means, for example, that press photos or photographs of products and landscapes are also protected. Therefore, permission is now always required for the use of third party photos.

Decision of the European Court of Justice on the right to remuneration of artists from outside the EEA
EU law also grants artists who are nationals of a country that is not part of the European Economic Area (EEA) the right to a single equitable remuneration for the performance of recorded music. Rules in one Member State which exclude such artists are not compatible with EU law, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in early September.
Information from the Copyright Initiative.

EU Cultural Policy

On 1 May 2020, the European Ministers of Culture and Media issued a joint declaration highlighting the specific situation of the culture and media sector in the Corona crisis and paving the way for joint European support offers. Within the framework of its Presidency, Germany has set itself the goal of continuing the initiative and ensuring that European rescue measures also support the cultural and creative sector, including the media, efficiently.

European Parliament backs cultural and creative industries in the Corona crisis
The European Parliament demands that at least two percent of European Corona aid should go to the cultural and creative sector. In a resolution adopted on 17 September 2020, the parliamentarians advocated that financial support should take place at national and EU level. They also underline the role of the Creative Europe Programme and call for a doubling of the budget.

Voices of Culture: Call for Application
Voices of Culture is a dialogue format of the European Commission, which takes place several times a year and facilitates the exchange between the Commission and the European cultural and creative sector, coordinated by the Goethe-Institut Brussels. The dialogue meeting under the title "Culture and the Sustainable Development Goals: Challenges and Opportunities" will take place on 2 and 3 December in digital form. Representatives of the cultural and creative sector with relevant expertise on the topic can apply to participate until 11 October.
Information and the Call for Applications can be found here.


NEUSTART KULTUR is a rescue and future programme of the Federal Government for culture and media. It primarily supports cultural institutions with their pandemic-related investments and projects of various cultural sectors, which are mainly privately financed. The funding is intended to support cultural institutions in reopening their homes and resuming programmes in order to offer artists and creative people a job and future perspective.

With #TakeCareResidencies, the Performing Arts Fund is setting up a support programme aimed at self-employed artists from the liberal performing arts. The aim of the programme is to stabilise and strengthen through residencies the links with independent theatre and dance houses, which are important for many artists and which have been interrupted by the cancellation of projects and performances due to the pandemic.
This PDF of the German Cultural Council provides an overview of the programmes.

Kreativ-Transfer / international networking projects:
Kreativ-Transfer promotes measures that support actors in the fields of performing arts, visual arts and games in their international networking activities. Deadline performing arts: 12 October 2020

25th International Solo-Dance-Theatre Festival Stuttgart: competition with prizes, including residency, for artists under 30 years of age in the field of choreography. Deadline: 11 November 2020.

C-PLATFORM / Xi-Art Museum: Residence in China for international contemporary artists on the theme of Fantasy Land. Deadline: 31 July 2021.

TaDA Textile and Design Alliance: Residency for April to June and September to November 2021 in Switzerland for international artists in the fields of art, design, architecture, literature and performance. Deadline: 4 October 2020.

Fondation Thalie: One-month research residency for international artists in the fields of visual arts, creative writing, film, performance, from February to June 2021, deadline: 15 October 2020.

Current calls for proposals for mobility funding can also be found on the On the Move website. Cultural Mobility Information Network. The monthly OTM Newsletter is available in five languages.


3 October 2020: Art Space Connect 'What's up with international mobility today?' - 2 pm via zoom
With the event series 'Art Space Connect', the IGBK is strengthening the international exchange with independent art initiatives, artistic project spaces and producer galleries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Caucasus in 2020. On 3 October 2020 Alicja Kaczmarek from Centrala Birmingham will meet the Armenian curator Anna Kamay, the artist Ara Petrosyan (from Artlab Yerevan, among others) and Marie Le Sourd from the Cultural Mobility Information Network On The Move.
Follow the interview via zoom, for registration click here. Information can be found here.

3. October 2020: Administrative challenges for foreign artists in Germany - 2.30 pm, Radialsystem (as part of the festival Radical Sounds of Latin America)
Felix Sodemann (touring artists) and Yusuf Sahilli (Landesmusikrat Berlin e.V.) give an introduction to all the different administrative challenges that foreign artists new to Germany are confronted with: Is there really an "artist visa"? How do I get a tax number? What is the KSK and what is it useful for? What is the difference between a contract for work and a contract of service? Where can I get (legal) help? They also provide an overview of existing consultancy initiatives and programmes. After the workshop there will be time for a Q&A session.

5 October 2020: Exchange and networking meeting for Kreativ-Transfer funded and other interested parties - 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. by zoom
The Kreativ-Transfer funding programme and the IGBK jointly invite to a digital exchange and networking meeting for creative transfer funding recipients and other interested operators of project rooms and producers' galleries.
Please use the online form to register.

8 October 2020: Looking Ahead - New Opportunities and Visions within EU Funding for Culture after Covid-19 – 4.40pm online
2020 is a crucial year at European level. The EU is deciding on its multiannual financial framework for the next seven years and is committed to overcoming the economic and social crisis. Much has been said about the needs of the cultural and creative sector in Europe, but also about its importance for a culturally diverse and robust Europe.
On the occasion of the German EU Presidency, the CED CULTURE event wants to talk about visions and how the moment of crisis can be used creatively.
Information on the website of the CED CULTURE.

08-09 October 2020: Digital Kreativ-Tranfer Exchange and networking days for actors in the performing arts
The programme includes sessions on international exchange, a series of discussions with international festival organisers, a workshop on taxation in an international context, and informal exchange and meeting formats.
Registration until 01 October using the online form. There is a waiting list.

11 to 13 November and 3 December 2020: Safe Havens Global Stream 2020 - online
At the annual conference Safe Havens, organised by the Museum of Movements in Malmö, art and human rights activists exchange their experiences and formulate common concerns and demands. This year the conference is being organised online and under the title Safe Havens Global Stream. Its main aim is to give a voice to artists, smaller organisations and individuals who work at grassroots level and support vulnerable artists, journalists and writers.
Information can be found here, registration for participation is now open.

What Else?

New information desk EU cultural funding in the Corona crisis
In the context of the German EU Council Presidency and due to the continuing corona crisis, the Creative Europe Desk CULTURE is setting up a new service. The Infodesk EU Culture Support in the Corona crisis provides information on current funding from EU programmes and planned measures from 2021 onwards, which contribute to the support of the cultural and creative sector in and beyond the Corona crisis. The Infodesk also compiles information on events and publications related to Corona and culture in Europe and looks at the current negotiations on the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027.
The website can be found here.


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Artists and cultural professionals can make use of the touring artists helpdesk service for individual consultations on international projects and working stays abroad. Focussing on your projects, individual questions and solutions, advice on the information available at touring artists and further questions regarding the cross-border mobility is provided. Please make an appointment by email The service is free of charge.
The touring artists helpdesk service is a cooperation with DTD and SMartDe – Netzwerk für Kreative e.V.


The next touring artists newsletter will be sent out in spring 2021. If you wish to share news or relevant information on cultural mobility, please feel free to contact us via email (