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www.touring-artists.info - the information portal
for artists working internationally

A project by the IGBK and the International Theatre Institute (ITI) Germany, initiated and supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media


Mobility is a central aspect of artistic work. Collecting new impressions, exchanging thoughts with colleagues abroad as well as continuously redefining one’s own position are part of the process. Thereby exhibitions and projects abroad, residencies or international guest performances are a matter of course today. But with an increase in mobility, artists do not only face a jungle of support schemes and grants, also the need for secure information regarding social law, taxation and insurance issues or administrative procedures is growing, both, within and beyond EU borders.

Whether foreigner tax, procedure for returned goods, health insurance coverage or travel support: the information portal www.touring-artists.info raises awareness and offers visual and performing artists who are working internationally profound knowledge of the topics taxation, social security, visas, customs, insurances and copyright. A database of support schemes for international projects as well as checklists and sample documents etc complement the information.

On April 18, 2013 www.touring-artists.info was presented to the public. The launch of the website was accompanied by a symposium at the Radialsystem V (Berlin). In lectures and panels experts focused on issues like the granting of visas, subsidy programmes and information services.

presentations, seminars, workshops

Together with cooperation partners IGBK organises a series of events to present the information tool to the public and to discuss single topics in detail

  • 2014
  • European Commission, seminar ‘Analysis of administrative practices on artists‘ mobility & social security / taxation‘, 19 and 20 June 2014 in Brussels
  • Kunstbüro of the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg in Stuttgart, 1 July 2014, 4 pm, together with the IHK Region Stuttgart
  • 2013
  • Elisabeth-Schneider-Stiftung, Freiburg im Breisgau (Wilhelmstraße 17a), 23 November 2013, 3 pm, together with JProf Dr. Anna Lipphardt, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg