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.
ATTENTION: We're offering you an online meeting via Zoom to check application options and requirement around Covid-19
- German: Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 2pm
- English: Thursday, 2 April 2020, 2pm
Sign-up via firstname.lastname@example.org, you'll receive an invitation with a link to the meeting via email about an hour in advance.
For personal advice fix your date via E-mail or phone call:
+43 1 9974466 -001 +43 1 9974466-003
Support for artists and creatives in the context of Covid-19
As of 27 March 2020, applications are open for the federal Emergency Fund. It grants an immediate aid of 500 resp. 1.000 Euros, and an additional aid of max. 2.000 Euros monthly for max. three subsequent months (non-repayable subsidies). The following groups of people are eligible:
- Individual entrepreneurs
- Freelancers ('Neue Selbständige' without trade licences) such as lecturers, artists, journalists, psychotherapists
- Small enterprises employing less than 10 full-time equivalents
- Gainfully employed proprietors insured on mandatory basis (GSVG/FSVG)
- Independent contractors, such as IT specialists
- Liberal professions (e.g. in the health sector)
Prerequisite: self-employed income exceeding the marginal earnings threshold (5.527 Euros).
People who are simultaneously under a ASVG Pflichtversicherung and therefore earning above the minimal (Geringfügigkeit) as employees are not eligible for the funding in accordance with the current application criteria. This and other details, have been criticized from many quarters.
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.
City of Vienna MA7 Working Stipends for artists and scientists
Maximum 3.000 Euro - application open till 29th of April
City of Vienna MA7 Working Stipends for artists and scientists -
Sector specific Emergency Funds
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).
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.
The copyright collection society Bildrecht has launched a Corona bridge fund for fine artists, architects, photographers, designers, illustrators ###/bCorona-Bridge Fonds for Fine Artists Bildrecht
choreographers, granting subsidies for crises-induced loss of wages resp. emergencies.