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Corona - Covid19
Find below a collection of links with current information around Covid19, Austrian measures and support tools
Update Covid-19 support in Austria
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.
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.
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 April-June 2021
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.
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.
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 2 can still be retrospectively submitted in 2021 .
Update Covid-19 Assitenca December 6, 2020
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
- 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
Improvements to WKO emergency fund for application phase 2
news: application for the WKO emergency fund easier from now on and: applications are possible for another 6 months up to March 2021 - so for 12 months in total!!!
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.
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 .
- have their main residence in Austria
- 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.
- receive no assistance or compensation from private or professional insurance services to cover losses entailed through COVID-19 privaten bzw. beruflichen
- 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.
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).
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
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.
Artist Mobility (Austria)
In cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Ministry for Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, the Austrian UNESCO Commission, and the interest representations for the arts, the Federal Chancellery has compiled a guide that summarises all regulations and issues relevant for artistic work. It is designed to provide information for creative artists coming to Austria, as well as for organisers of cultural events who invite artists to Austria, and support them in realising their artistic projects. The guide covers the following subjects:
- Entry and stay for a duration of up to 6 months,
- Residency of more than six months,
Arts Rights Justice Austria
Artistic freedom is a universal human right, and anchored as such, in Austrian law.
Arts Rights Justice Austria is an open network platform concerned with artistic freedom and in insuring its security. It is open to participants dedicated to a democratic, discrimination-free and participatory stance.
Network platform goals:
- Contact and exchange point: networking individual participants and exchange of ideas about freedom of the arts in Austria and internationally.
- Connection to the international network Arts Rights Justice Europe
- Monitor infringement of artists’ rights in Austria
- Consciousness raising and publicity
- Observation and examination of the development of rights in Austria and the EU
Arts Rights Justice EU Working Group
The Arts Rights Justice EU Working Group is an independent cross-sector working group (arts and human rights) set up in 2012 under the framework of the civil society dialogue platform, “Access to Culture”.
ARJ members are representing around 30 EU and international associations, NGOs and networks from arts, free speech and human rights sectors. Since 2014, ARJ is working under the framework of Culture Action Europe, and is currently powered by CAE, and the volunteering work of its members and pro-bono experts.
ARJ advocates for artistic freedom and human rights within the specific field of the arts sector. ARJ’s original mandate was to make policy recommendations to the EC and the EU Member States, and to highlight new trends pertinent to their policy making.
The Withdrawal Agreement enables both EU citizens and UK nationals, as well as their respective family members, to continue to exercise their rights derived from Union law in each other's territories, for the rest of their lives, where those rights are based on life choices made before the end of the transition period (i.e. before 31 December 2020).
These over 3 million EU citizens in the United Kingdom, and over 1 million UK nationals in EU countries, as well as their respective family members, can continue to live, work or study in the host state as they currently do under the same substantive conditions as under Union law, benefiting in full from the application of the prohibition of any discrimination on grounds of nationality and of the right to equal treatment compared to host state nationals. The only restrictions that apply are those derived from Union law or as provided for under the Agreement. With the beginnig of 2021 the Brexit becomes reality and there are new regulations:
Please find bellow detailed information of the Federal Chancellery on the effects of Brexit for British citizens in Austria:
"Creative Europe" is a new program of the European Union for the cultural and creative sector in Europe for the period of 2014 till 2020. The legal basis is the EU Regulation No. 1295/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council.
- Promoting cultural and linguistic diversity
- Strengthening competitiveness
- Professionalization and internationalization
- Mobility of creative professionals and works
- Development of new audiences
- Improving access to culture
- Strengthen the financial abilities of small and medium-sized enterprises
- European political cooperation in the field of culture
Culture Action Europe (CAE)
Culture Action Europe (CAE) was established in 1994 under the name of European Forum for Arts and Heritage (EFAH) – Forum Européen pour les Arts et le Patrimoine (FEAP) under the Belgian law. Predominantly as ‘network of networks’, EFAH-FEAP aimed to maintain continuous dialogue and knowledge exchange between the cultural sector in Europe and EU policymakers.
The association changed its name to Culture Action Europe in 2008 and diversified its membership, opening it up to public and private organisations, both large and small. This change was mirrored in the mission and advocacy policies of CAE. It adopted a new strategy, advocating for access to the arts and participation in culture as a fundamental right of every citizen. It has continued lobbying for public investment in culture and the arts as the main force for the development of a sustainable and more cohesive Europe.
Cultuurloket is giving many kinds of advice and workshops for all artists in Belgium.
CzechMobility.Info (Czech Republic)
CzechMobility.Info supports artists and professionals in culture across disciplines in
practical and administrative issues of international cooperation.
Das Fundus (Austria)
dasfundus is a self-organized and open platform by and for free art and cultural workers to share resources, gather information, provide links and stay in touch.
DutchCulture Mobility Info Point (Netherlands)
DutchCulture is the network and knowledge organisation for international cultural cooperation.
DutchCulture wants to help all those who work in the artistic and cultural field - from individual artists to renowned organisations - who harbor international ambitions.
They realise, stimulate and support collaboration between artists and art institutions worldwide. Sometimes with organisations, diplomatic posts and governments, sometimes with artists themselves, with individual advice and tailored guidance.
Besides a knowledge centre, they are also a network organisation. Where culture, media and heritage are cross-border, DutchCulture brings together people, organisations, knowledge and cultures. They are therefore the contact point for the EU programs Creative Europe and Europe for Citizens.
Among other things, DutchCulture provides information on European grants and on artist-in-residences throughout the world, organises work visits for embassies and foreign experts, collects information on the export of Dutch culture, stimulates collaboration and coordinates cultural programs worldwide.
Flanders Arts Institute (Belgium)
Flanders Arts Institute is an interface organisation and expertise centre for the arts from Flanders and Brussels.
The organisation caters to both national and international professional arts audiences. The organisation is known as Kunstenpunt to national audiences.
The institute is the contact point for foreign art professionals in search of information on the visual and performing arts and on music in Flanders. To increase the awareness and visibility of the Flemish arts scene on an international level they stimulate and help develop international collaboration, communication and exchange between artists, art professionals and policy-makers. With this, they are aiming to build sustainable international relations and to encourage and support exchange and cooperation on an international scale.Flanders Arts Institute
Freemuse is an independent international organisation advocating for and defending freedom of artistic expression
The Artists’ Guide is a web portal for artists (in different fields of art) based in other countries who would like to learn more about visiting, working and living in Sweden. The Artists’ Guide is divided into sections with information directed to citizens of the EU/EEA countries, with a special part for Nordic citizens, and a section with information for citizens outside the EU/EAA.
The Artists’ Guide describes the premises for a temporary visit, a longer visit or a permanent stay. There is also information about how the Swedish tax and social security systems work and links to other agencies’ websites for more detailed information.
Loja Lisboa Cultura (Portugal)
Loja Lisboa Cultura is a specialised service providing training and information to arts professionals and organisations on issues related to professional activities in the arts.What you can do at Loja Lisboa Cultura:
Obtain information and assistance
Obtain information about creating a legal entity, establishing a freelance
activity, funding opportunities, licenses and permits, taxes, social
security, authors’ and related rights, international mobility, and other
issues specifically related to the arts and culture sector.
mica - music austria
mica – music austria is the professional partner for musicians in Austria.
The primary goals of mica – music austria are to provide information on the Austrian music scene, to support Austria-based musicians with advice and information, to promote local music at home and abroad, and to improve the conditions for music productions in Austria
MobiCulture is a resource centre specialised in helping artists and culture professionals with the administrative aspects of coming to France, MobiCulture’s mission is to support your mobility to France.
On The Move
On the Move (OTM) is a cultural mobility information network with more than 35 members in over 20 countries across Europe and beyond. Our mission is to encourage and facilitate cross-border mobility and cooperation, contributing to building up a vibrant and shared European cultural space that is strongly connected worldwide.
Pearle Cookbook Visa
EFA and Pearle present The Ultimate Guide for Cultural
Managers - Visas for Third Country National Artists Travelling to the
ResArtis is an association of over 600 centers, organisations, and individuals in over 70 countries. Each of our members is dedicated to offering artists, curators, and all manner of creative people the essential time and space away from the pressures and habits of every-day life, an experience framed within a unique geographic and cultural context.
Through Res Artis, organisations will become part of a global community of colleagues engaged in dialogue through our face-to-face meetings and virtually through our online presence.
Tamizdat is a nonprofit organization
that facilitates and advocates for international artist mobility and
cultural exchange. Driven by the conviction that the international
mobility and exchange of culture is fundamental to a healthy and
progressive civil society, Tamizdat seeks through its program activities
to assist the international performing arts community to address
problems presented by international borders, and U.S. visa policies and
TINFO cooperates with professional theatre artists, directors, producers and festival managers. TINFO publishes yearly Finnish theatre statistics, and provides material and advice on international mobility.
DutchCulture|TransArtists combines and shares knowledge and experience on artist-in-programmes and other international opportunities for creative professionals to temporarily stay and work elsewhere.
It offers you information and all the facts about use and value of international artist-in-residence opportunities. The tools and services are developed from the artists' perspective.
Their goal is to make the enormous worldwide residential art labyrinth accessible and usable to artists through our website, workshops, AiR collection, research and projects. To do this, they often cooperate with a wide range of partners in all regions of the world.
Touring Artists (Germany)
www.touring-artists.info provides answers to questions regarding international mobility for artists and persons engaged in the cultural sector in Germany as well as those wanting to work in Germany.
For more information, please see: What is touring artists?
Wales Arts International (Wales/UK)
Wales Arts International is a bridge between Wales Arts and the world. Supporting artists and cultural workers in Wales as well as the ones landing in Wales.
They enable international work in the arts through collaborations, projects, networks and communication, offering a gateway between the arts of Wales and the world.