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  copyright,corporate forms, inclusion, labour law, social security, taxationvisa and residency. In the chapter on the cultural landscape, experts from various fields give an overview of fine artsperforming artsfilm and videoliterature 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.

Find a collection links with information, measures and support opportunities for artists and creatives around Covid-19 here

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.

Mail: contact[at]smartatmobility.com        


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Find a collection of links with information, measures and support opportunities for artists and creatives around Covid-19 here

Covid-19 Support


Update Covid-19

November 19, 2021

Renewed lockdown starting Monday , November 22.

Re-implementation of the following relief measures:

Hardship fund

Conditions: at least 40 % drop in sales or the running costs can no longer be covered.

Replacement rate: 80 % plus 100 euros of the net loss of income

Period: November 2021 to March 2022

Maximum amount: 2,000 euros, minimum amount: 600 euros

Artist-SVS bridging allowance:

Period: November+December 2021 and the first quarter of 2022.

Payment still analogous to hardship fund (600 Euro).

In lockdown months instead: 1,000 euros

KSVF (Artists' Social Insurance Fund)

Extension to the first quarter of 2022

Fall 2021

SVS Artists' Bridging Fund

SVS Artists* Bridging Fund is extended through September. Applications for the third quarter are possible until Oct. 31, 2021.

Starting in August, artists who are still affected by the Corona crisis despite openings can apply for an amount of 600 euros per month for the third quarter of 2021, for a total of 1,800 euros. Retroactive applications for the previous periods under consideration are no longer possible.

WKO hardship fund to be extended.

As of July 2021, the Hardship Fund will be extended.

Application for Phase 3 (July, August, September 2021 consideration periods) - is possible until Oct. 31, 2021.

Applications for Phase 2 of the Hardship Fund could only be submitted up to and including 7/31/2021. (Phase 2 included a total of 15 consideration periods, the final consideration period for Phase 2 is 5/16/2021 - 6/15/2021).

KSVF Covid Fund is extended through the end of 2021.

The Artists' Social Security Fund Covid 19 Fund will continue to be available for the remainder of the year for all artists who are not eligible to apply for either Bridge Funding or the Chamber of Commerce Hardship Fund.

Phase 4

This phase starts from August 2, 2021 and ends on December 31, 2021. During this period, a one-time grant of € 1,000 can be applied for and approved - and subject to available budget funds. Payment phase 4 is now intended to support those artists and cultural mediators who, despite the opening steps that have already been taken and those that are still expected, are experiencing revenue shortfalls that threaten their existence.

July 2021:

WKO Hardship Fund is extended - applications for phase 2 until 31.07.2021.

Applications for Phase 2 of the Hardship Fund can still be submitted up to and including 7/31/2021. Phase 2 includes a total of 15 consideration periods, the last consideration period for Phase 2 is 5/16/2021 - 6/15/2021.

As of July 2021, the Hardship Fund will go into renewal. The policy for Phase 3 of the Hardship Fund is currently being developed.

The application process for Phase 3 (July, August, September 2021 consideration periods) is expected to begin on Monday, 8/2/2021.

SVS Artists* Bridging Fund extended until September.

Starting in August, artists who are still affected by the Corona crisis despite openings can apply for an amount of 600 euros per month for the third quarter of 2021, for a total of 1,800 euros. Retroactive applications for previous consideration periods are no longer possible.

KSVF Covid Fund is extended to the third quarter of 2021.

For all artists who are not eligible to apply for either bridging funding or the Chamber of Commerce's Hardship Fund, the Covid 19 Fund of the Artists' Social Insurance Fund is still available. Again, another disbursement is in the works for the third quarter of 2021.

June 2021

WKO Hardship Fund New Guideline
For applications submitted after April 15, 2021, self-employed entrepreneurial activity must be carried out at the time of application and during the entire period under consideration applied for (e.g., no declaration of dormancy for commercial enterprises).

For applications submitted after April 15, 2021, no unemployment insurance benefits may have been received at the time of application and in the respective period under consideration applied for.

Extension by 3 consideration periods, applications for a total of max. 15 consideration periods are possible.

Applications can be submitted up to and including 31.07.2021.

Maximum total funding amount: EUR 39,000

Extension of eligibility for start-ups (from 01.01.2020) until 31.10.2020.

Adjustment for insolvencies: reorganization proceedings according to §§166 ff IO are eligible for the Hardship Fund.

Account connections from EU or EEA countries are accepted.

Payment of additional bonus starts as of 01.06.2021

In addition to the comeback bonus, an additional bonus of EUR 100 is paid out for each funded consideration period.

A separate application is not necessary!

The payment will be made automatically to the bank account specified in your most recent application.

The payment will be made in partial amounts, from 01.06.2021, from 01.08.2021 and from 01.10.2021.

APRIL 2021

KSVF Fund - increase of aid to 3,000 euros until June 2021.

As of January 15, 2021, it was possible to submit applications - subject to available budget funds - for Phase 3 aid. The subsidy amounted to a one-time amount of € 1,500 until March 31, 2021 and was increased to a one-time amount of € 3,000 as of April 1, 2021. Applications that have already been positively approved and paid out will automatically receive the € 1,500 increase - if there is no explicit objection (because, for example, aid from the WKO Hardship Fund has been received in the meantime). A separate application is therefore not required...

NEW: Increase of the one-time payment of phase 3 from max. 1,500 Euro to max. 3,300 Euro.

NEW Application possible again from May 1 until June 30, 2021 at the latest.

Note: Applications for phase 2 payment subsidies (for the year 2020) are no longer possible after March 31, 2021

Artists' Bridging Fund

As in the first quarter, artists can apply for a further tranche of 3,000 euros for three months for the 2nd quarter.

Any payments already made from the WKO hardship fund will be deducted.

New 2021 

Artists* Bridging Fund - new tranche in 2021:

Starting January 15, 2021, artists can apply for an additional tranche of 3,000 euros for the 1st quarter of 2021.

New 2021 - KSVF Covid-19 support will continue and increase in 2021: 

KSVF support will be continued and increased in 2021: the payment amount for the 1st quarter of 2021 will be 1,500 euros. Applications can be submitted as of January 15, 2021.

New December 2020:

Increase KSVF fund by 500 euros to 3,500 euros. 

The one-time payment per head will be increased from 3,000 to 3,500 euros for 2020. Those who have already received money from the Covid 19 Fund in the currently running Phase 2 will automatically receive the increase. Outstanding and new applications will automatically receive the increased amount from now on. 

ATTENTION: Applications for Phase can still be retrospectively submitted in 2021 .

Update Covid-19 Support December 6, 2020

New 06.December 2020 - Increase of the Lockdown Bonus to 2.000 Euro

The so called "lockdown bonus"  has been increased from 1,300 Euro to 2,000 Euro. Artists are applicable, when they are applicable (ore already got money from) the SVS bridging fund for artists or the WKO fund. Persons who already applied for the 1,300 Euro will automatically get an extra payment of 700 Euro. The "lockdown bonus" is an extra support and will not be credited on the support of the  WKO funds or the artists bridging funds.

Update Covid-19 Assistance as of November 15, 2020

New: in addition to SVS Artists’ Help Fund or WKO Funds:

Self-employed artists who are affected are given the opportunity to apply for a “lockdown bonus” by way of the „bridging fund for artists“  at the Social Insurance Institute for Self-Employed Persons (SVS). This amounts to 1,300 euros per artist and is paid out in addition to the bridging funding or the WKO-hardship fund .

 Increase in funds by 30 Mio. Euro The bridging funding at SVS and the "Covid-19 Fund" of the Artists' Social Insurance Fund (KSVF) will be extended and increased into 2021. Initially, payouts will be made until the end of March 2021. The bridge financing budget will be raised from 90 to 110 million euros. The KSVF's "Covid-19 Fund" will also be increased and doubled from 10 to 20 million euros.

New instrument as of July: bridging fund for freelance artists:

Key points of the bridge financing:

  • A maximum of 1,000 euros per month, for a period of 6 month, totaling 6,000 euros per person
  • NEW October: Increase in brifdging financing up to a total of 10,000 euros
  • ATTENTION: Applicants who have already applied for 6,000 euros must apply anew for additional or supplemantary funds in order to receive the remaining amount of 4,000 euros.
  • NEW: November 15 (see above) additional 1,300 euro lockdownbonus for freelance artists

Changes in the measures announced on May 28, 2020 by the Federal Government in  bridging the gap for self-employed artists.

Key points

  • Uncomplicated calculation method, non-bureaucratic application process
  • Processed through the Social Insurance Institution for Commerce and Trade, Freelancers and Farmers (SVS),
  • Attention: emergency funds of Chamber of Commerce (WKO) will be deducted

Überbrückungsfinanzierung für Selbstständige Künstlerinnen und Künstler

Improvements to WKO emergency fund for application phase 2

NEW: application form for the WKO emergency fund now easier AND: WKO emergency fund now applicable for 12 more months in total

Details here

Update September 2020:

All 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.

Emergency Fund for small enterprises, artists and freelancers

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.

Application submissions for Phase 1 emergency relief of € 1.000, has ended on July 2.

As of July 10, 2020 it is possible to submit applications for assistance (Phase 2).

The goal of phase 2 is to ease the special emergency and difficult cases of artists and cultural workers who were not eligible for asssistance according to the regulations of the WKO emergency fund or the gap bridging measues of the SVS.

The KSVF can now give aid to artists and cultural workers of up tp € 3.000, who at the time of application meet the following criteria:

A. not eligable for the WKO emergency fund

B. nor the bridge the gap assistance of the SVS .


  1. have their main residence in Austria
  2. are significantly economically threatened as a result of COVID-19 , for instance, at the time of submission are unable to meet costs of living or costs of doing business because of official ordinances in the fight against COVID- 19 temporarily or permanently limiting or forbidding the practice of their artistic/cultural profession and source of income.
  3. receive no assistance or compensation from private or professional insurance services to cover losses entailed through COVID-19 privaten bzw. beruflichen
  4. have not received funds for the same circumstances from KSVF-Assistance fund in accordance with § 25c Abs. 3 K-SVFG.

5.      A maximal income in the last fiscal year, as reported on the tax return of € 60.144 (80% the annual social insurance highest calculating basis). Applicants who do not file a tax return must submit their own estimated income.

Covid19 Emergency Fund for Artists Support Fund Künstlersozialversicherungsfonds (KSVF)

Sector-specific emergency funds & support

The copyright collection society LiterarMechana has launched a special fund endowed with 1 million Euros to cushion first consequences of the crises for authors, playwrights, script writers and translators (informal application).

Special-Fonds LiterarMechana

The copyright collection societies AKM & austromechana and Interpret*innengesellschaft OESTIG have launched a 'cultural catastrophe fund' too, endowed with 1 million Euros. Musicians, composers and performers can apply for subsidies to compensate loss of wages and/or royalties. In addition, there are loans of up to 15.000 Euros available.

Cultural Catastrophe Fonds for musicians and composers AKM austromechana

The copyright collection society Bildrecht has launched a Corona bridge fund for fine artists, architects, photographers, designers, illustrators and choreographers, granting subsidies for crises-induced loss of wages resp. emergencies.

Corona-Bridge Fonds for Fine Artists Bildrecht