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Independent, non-governmental networks play a key role within European and international cultural cooperation as well as for the support and protection of artists’ rights and demands. In the following some networks are presented that are of interest for visual artists and that differ widely as regards aims, focuses and size.
National cultural organisations and programmes often focus on national interests or the promotion of arts abroad. In recent years trans-national organisations have emerged that do support European, bilateral or multilateral cooperation processes. These organisations differ widely in their focus, aims, procedures and legal structures. Some are operational and develop own programmes, while others offer grants to individuals, organisations or projects.
In the following a selection of programmes is listed that are open for applications also for artists in Germany:
The European Union obtained cultural competencies in the 1990, since within the Maastricht Treaty culture has been stated an important component of the European integration. Over the years, active cultural support has changed: While the first programmes (Kaleidoscope, Ariane, Raphael) focused on particular disciplines, up to the current programme Creative Europe support became more open and enables inter-disciplinary activities.
The programme Creative Europe started on January 1, 2014 (term 2014 - 2020) to help implementing the Europe 2020 growth strategy. General objectives are: to safeguard and promote European cultural and linguistic diversity as well as Europe's cultural heritage and to strengthen the competitiveness of the European cultural and creative sectors with a view to promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
More specific objectives and criteria for successful applications are:
The programme consists of two sub-programmes: the CULTURE sub-programme, and the MEDIA sub-programme to support the audiovisual sector. The CULTURE sub-programme includes the following strands: (a) support for cultural projects, (b) European networks, (c) European platforms and (d) literary translation projects.
Applications for the support for cultural projects can be submitted annually in two categories: small scale cooperation project and large scale cooperation projects. The Creative Europe programme is managed by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, supervised by the Directorate General Education and Culture.
The programme is aimed at specific objectives: the promotion of inter-cultural dialogue (1), support of international mobility of cultural actors and the circulation of cultural and artistic works (2), providing cultural and creative players with skills and competence (3), audience development (4), as well as the use of digital technology (5).
In general projects must meet a specific relevance at European level, bilateral or regional activities will not be supported. In terms of a European cooperation, several partners must be involved in the conception and organisation of a project (small scale cooperation projects: at least three partners from three countries; large scale cooperation projects: at least six partners from six countries).
Natural persons are not eligible to apply for a grant. Eligible applicants must be a public or private organisation with legal status and with a legal seat in one of the eligible countries.
Information on the application procedure is available online. It is also useful to have a look at former selected projects.
Creative Europe Desk
We recommend getting in touch with the Creative Europe Desk in Bonn before submitting an application. Here project proposals and submissions are carefully checked and advice and technical assistance is given as regards formalities and plausibility. The CED in Bonn is the national contact point for the EU’s cultural funding. It informs on the cultural support of the EU, particularly on the Creative Europe programme, and other European supporting possibilities. Detailed information is available at the webpage, also advice on individual questions is provided by telephone or email. The CED regularly hosts information seminars on EU cultural support. CEDs operate in all countries participating in the EU Creative Europe programme, at the moment 38. A listing of the CEDs in Europe is available here.
Webpage Europa fördert Kultur
The webpage Europa fördert Kultur by the Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft offers detailed information on the programme Creative Europe as well as on further EU supporting programmes that are relevant for cultural activities. Since culture is stated as a cross-sectional task, other programmes are also open for cultural projects, e.g.
Since many years, the Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK) issues the IAA International Identity Card for professional visual artists (residing in Germany).
It includes ticket price reductions or free admission to many art museums and numerous galleries - in Germany as well as worldwide.
All organized and non-organized visual artists (no students) can apply for the IAA card. The card is valid for two years. The International Identity Card for Professional Artists of IAA does not constitute an individual membership in the IAA or in the IGBK.
Alternatively, you can also apply for the IAA card by postal mail. Our address: IGBK, Taubenstraße 1, 10117 Berlin.
Please don't send us applications by email. Thank you!
Any questions? Call us at: +49 (0)30 23 45 76 66
We need the following information for your application:
or alternative to that
Furthermore we need
After checking your request briefly, we will send you our bank details for wiring the administrative charge for the card, which is 35,- € (respectively a reduced charge of 10,- € for members of the IGBK member associations Bundesverband Bildender Künstlerinnen und Künstler (not BBK Berlin), Deutscher Künstlerbund and GEDOK (only section "visual arts")).
We will send you the card by postal mail, once payment has been received. You will receive your invoice per Email with our shipping note. The whole process usually takes between 1-2 weeks.
The information portal www.touring-artists.info provides artists for both the performing and the visual arts comprehensive information on visas and residence, transport and customs, taxes, social and other insurances, and copyright related to cross-border mobility.
The website and service is addressed to artists living in Germany and working abroad for a limited time, as well as to foreign artists who come to work in Germany temporarily.
International Artists Info Berlin
From September 2018 on the service also welcomes artists and culture professionals who were forced to leave their home countries and are now residing in Germany. Individual consultations on international projects as well as on questions on how to achieve a future career in Germany are offered. Culture professionals can also obtain information on the Berlin job market in particular. Moreover, the helpdesk service addresses cultural institutions in Berlin that are collaborating with arriving artists.
The information portal has been enhanced accordingly with corresponding information in German, English and Arabic.
This extension of touring artists is part of the project "International Artist Information Berlin".
touring artists is a joint project of IGBK, the International Theatre Institute (ITI) Germany and Dachverband Tanz Deutschland (DTD). The touring artists helpdesk is a cooperation of IGBK, ITI and DTD together with SMartDe - Netzwerk für Kreative e.V.. The project is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
The enhanced service for artists and culture professionals from countries affected by crisis is part of the project "International Artists Info Berlin" – a cooperation of IGBK, ITI and DTD with SMartDe – Netzwerk für Kreative e.V., supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin, programme ‘Weltoffenes Berlin‘.