Welcome to SMartAt Mobility…
...the online information portal on mobility issues
SMartAt Mobility is designed for artists, creatives and many others living and working in Austria and abroad who need information about various issues and questions (outgoing) as well as for those coming to Austria from abroad wanting to work and/or live here (incoming).
SMartAt Mobility has information on labour law, corporate forms, social security, taxation, copyright and insurance. In the chapter on the cultural landscape, experts from various fields give an overview of fine arts, performing arts, film and video, literature and music in Austria. There is a link to a detailed funding data base with interdisciplinary information on funding sources in Austria which is continually updated. Under info & portals, you will find additional information and links. A glossary allows for a targeted search by keywords. All information in SMartAt Mobility is available in German and in English.
The contents of SMartAt Mobility are generated, further developed and regularly updated by the SMart Team Austria. The contributions to the Cultural Landscape section are the works of external experts in their fields.
Comprehensive information on visa and residency issues and on foreign artists working in Austria are already available on the Austrian Federal Chancellery’s Artist Mobility Guide. SMartAt Mobility was developed by SMartAt in cooperation with section II/6 of the Austrian Federal Chancellery as a digital cultural information system. The project is supported by the Austrian Federal Chancellery.
The SmartAtMobility Portal additionally offers different workshop formats
and a helpdesk for personal advice and/or request via E-mail or phone
Due to Covid-19 all workshops are postponed, but we are there for personal advice via mail, phone or skype.
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Covid-19 support measures - Update June 2020
New instrument: Bridge the gap financing for artists
On May 28, 2020, the Federal Government announced a new bridge
the gap financing measure for self-employed artists. The details will be finalised by the end of June, however the basic requirement remains compulsory insurance with SVS. Key points:
- 1.000 Euro max. per month for 6 months max. (6.000 max. in total) per person
- Uncomplicated calculation method, non-bureaucratic application process
- Processed through the Social Insurance Institution for Commerce and Trade, Freelancers and Farmers (SVS), the lawful service center for artists
- Application submissions as of July 2020
- Attention: emergency funds of Chamber of Commerce (WKO) will be deducted
Improvements to WKO emergency fund for application phase 2All funding amounts paid in phase 2 that were below 500 Euros because of the 2.000 Euro threshold will be raised to 500 Euros.Until now, there were subsidies below 500 Euros in cases where own entrepreneurial earnings
and/or additional earnings and/or insurance benefits existed with an
overall cap of 2.000 Euros.
This raise will be automatic. All eligible and already processed cases will receive an additional payment in the upcoming weeks.
- Introduction of an additional comeback bonus of 500 Euros per appraisal period.
Until now the minimum subsidy was 500 Euros (except in cases as mentioned above). Henceforth, with the adding of the comeback bonus of 500 Euros, there will be no funding sum below 1.000 Euros per month in all eligible cases.
All eligible and already processed cases in phase 2 will receive the comeback bonus as an additional payment.
- The elegibility period will be increased from three to six months, the appraisal period from six to nine months (March 16, 2020 – December 15, 2020).
Until now, in a six month period, the three months with the highest income losses could be chosen for funding. As of the new regulation, six of the nine months will be eligible for funding.
- Marginally (self-)employed pensioners will be entitled to apply.
Until now, only those who could present „social insurance based on a self-employed business activity“ at the time of application were eligible for funding. This excluded
marginally (self-) employed workers and pensioners. Henceforth, existing social insurance will be the sole criteria, including pensioners.
KSVF Covid-19 emergency fund
KSVF (Künstlersozialversicherungsfonds) has launched a Covid-19 emergency fund endowed with 5 million Euros. Both artists as well as cultural workers (Kulturvermittler*innen) are eligible to apply. The funding of 500 Euro will be upgraded to a funding of 1.000 Euro for everybody who applied - the amount will be transferred without the need of a new application.