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Current funding programmes in response to Corona

Berlin: Senate Department for Culture and Europe: The Berlin Senate intends to continue and expand emergency aid in a bid to mitigate the economic consequences of the Corona pandemic. To this end, the first supplementary budget agreed by the Berlin House of Representatives will make an additional €500 million available for support programmes. In addition to the planned continuation of the Emergency Aid IV und V programmes, the funding of IT projects, temporary support for families and students as well as other measures (outlined in the full press release), around €25 million is envisaged for stipend programmes in the cultural sector and for artistic projects in the city. The stipends will promote artistic and curatorial development, and it will also be of direct benefit to actors in the events sector who have witnessed a loss of revenue due to Corona. A total of €18 million is available for two programme waves, each one providing 1,000 6-month stipends of €9,000. €7 million is available for artistic projects in the city in 2020. The resources will be administered by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Neustart KULTUR (New start): The Federal Government is providing around one billion euros. The aim of the measures is to revive cultural life, which has been severely impaired by the Corona pandemic, and thus create new employment opportunities for artists as quickly as possible. The Bundestag and Bundesrat are expected to adopt the addendum at the beginning of July, with the programmes to be launched immediately afterwards. Further information can be found here. The pilot support programme "Neustart", in which small and medium-sized cultural institutions have been able to apply for investment measures since the beginning of June in order to reopen quickly after the pandemic-related closure, has now come to an end. Further information can be found here.

Neustart KULTUR - Fonds Darstellende Künste: As part of the federal rescue package, the Fonds Darstellende Künste is continuing its #takecare programme and is announcing the next round of applications from August 1 - September 1, 2020. The scholarship-like support of up to 5.000 € will be awarded to individual artists; groups of artists working collectively for many years can submit their applications for up to 5 people for the same project. Applicant artists must be able to prove that they have worked in artistic leadership positions or artistically responsible for projects in the performing arts funded by the state or federal government in the last three years or alternatively prove that they have performed as guest performers in self-appointed artistic projects across state borders. Further information can be found here.


rehearsalS & Performances

Until July 31, 2020, the majority of Berlin's theatre and dance institutions will remain closed for indoor performances. For the reopening as of August, the Senate Department for Culture and Europe published a hygiene framework concept at the beginning of July, which is specifically dedicated to opening the interior to the public. All cultural institutions must draw up a hygiene plan approved by a company doctor. The safety of employees both during the rehearsal process and during the performances must continue to be guaranteed in accordance with the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The sector-specific guidelines of the  VBG Unfallkasse provide indications of this. More specific for dance are the orientation aids by the association for dance medicine, to which the VBG paper refers.



Berlin Soforthilfe II (Emergency Aid II) for solo self-employed persons without running operating costs: Between March 27 and April 2, 2020, approx. €1.336 billion was awarded to more than 150,000 solo self-employed persons and micro-enterprises at a rate of €5,000 per person and disbursed via the Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB). These funds were given to freelancers to secure their personal livelihoods. Within the following six months, this grant can be used to pay, among other things, their own salary or health insurance contributions that are lost due to loss of income - click here for the IBB FAQ archive. Since April 3 NO MORE applications for this subsidy can be made. According to a survey by the BBK Berlin, approx. 15% of the freelance artists have for various reasons not been able to apply in time - the Berlin associations of the artistic branches and the coalition of the independent scene therefore demand an urgent adjustment of the programme to the actual demand of artistic work. Artists who currently find themselves in need of support can apply for basic support (Grundsicherung / ALG II) for the period March 31 - June 30, 2020 in a simplified procedure (see below).

Emergency Aid II for solo self-employed persons and micro-enterprises with running operating costs: Since April 6, 2020, Emergency Aid II can ONLY be applied for as a subsidy for operating costs (commercial rent or leases, leasing expenses, personnel costs for employees if these are not covered by the short-time working allowance). Self-employed persons and companies with up to 5 employees can apply for a one-off payment of up to € 9,000 from the Investitionsbank Berlin via federal funds, companies with 6 - 10 employees can apply for a one-off payment of up to € 15,000.
Link to the application form  (in German only)



Crowdfunding: The crowdfunding platform Startnext has launched a crowdfunding relief campaign and has suspended the all-or-nothing principle in its guidelines. This means that from now on every cent will be paid out: Link. Other platforms like Gofundme have similar models to help Corona victims. You can tell us about current appeals for donations at, we list them here under "appeals for donations" and refer to them regularly in our digital channels.

Zeitgenössischer Tanz Berlin e.V.:  The ZTB has initiated a project in which dance professionals can receive remuneration for helping each other (e.g. referring to translation, advice and other artistic expertise).

kulturBdigital: Due to the switch to live streaming because of current closures and cancellations, a "How to" guide about streaming and expert advice on legal aspects is provided.
Link  (in German only)

Grundsicherung (Basic support)

Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Federal Employment Agency): Self-employed persons can register as unemployed if they have taken out unemployment insurance. However, those who are registered as unemployed are not allowed to work - even if there are orders again. Both at the same time is not possible. Those who do not have unemployment insurance can also apply for basic security (Hartz IV). Access to basic social security benefits will be simplified for cultural and media workers whose income or economic livelihood is being eroded by the current crisis. Anyone who submits an application for basic income support benefits between 1 March and 30 June 2020 and declares that they have no substantial assets will receive SGB II benefits (including ALG II). The actual costs for rent and heating are recognised. Nobody has to move during this period because their rent costs exceed the otherwise applicable limits. Self-employment is maintained, i.e. the persons concerned do not have to be available for the labour market. The regulations also apply to employees who are on short-time work due to the Corona pandemic.
Link I  (in German only),  Link II  (in German only)

Child supplement: The "Notfall KiZ" changes the access to the child supplement. Families with low income can now receive up to €185 per child per month more easily. This is the case, for example, if parents are receiving short-time work benefits, are self-employed and currently have no or reduced income, have less income due to missing overtime, or are receiving unemployment or sickness benefits. Check with the KiZ-Lotsen whether you are entitled to a child supplement before you submit your application. If so, submit an application for the emergency KiZ online. If you do this during April, you will receive the money for the whole month of April. All necessary documents can be found on the page leaflets, forms and applications of the family fund (all links in German only).

Residence permits: On 24 March 2020 and 27 March 2020, the Berlin Immigration Office issued two general orders. These state that the residence permit will not become invalid if short-time work benefits, SGB II (Hartz IV), SGB XII (social assistance) or AsylbLG (Asylum Seeker Benefits Act) are received between March18,  2020 and June 17, 2020.
Link (in English)


Documentation: In any case, documents current revenue shortfalls for future reference. Together with TanzSzene Baden-Württemberg, Tanzbüro München, nrw landesbüro tanz and Tanzbüro Berlin, the Dachverband Tanz has developed a standardized and easy-to-use table structure for this purpose, which you can use and send to the Dachverband Tanz for information.
Link  (in English)

Information: Helpful information on the question of when there is a entitlement to a cancellation fee in case of cancellation of events is provided by the law office Laaser.
Link   (in German only)

Get a consultation: Write to and we will get back to you as soon as possible by email or phone. Härting Helpline offers free initial telephone advice for companies, freelancers and institutions affected by closures, cancellations and failures. Send an e-mail to  with a few keywords and your telephone number and you will be called back between 12 and 18 o'clock.


KSK: In order to help those insured during the Corona crisis, the artists' social insurance fund offers, among other things, payment facilities, payment deferrals or reductions in monthly advance payments.
Link   (in German only)

Tax authorities: You can apply for a reduction or suspension of current advance payments for income tax or corporate income tax. Tax payments due can be deferred, late payment penalties can be eliminated. Enforcement measures can also be dispensed with temporarily. Please contact the tax office responsible for you directly.
Link  (in German only)

Rent: If rent payments become problematic for you due to Corona, landlords may not terminate the lease due to rent debts from the period between April 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020. The landlord should be informed immediately. The rent payments must be made up at the next possible date.
Link  (in German only)


Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe: If the events are cancelled due to force majeure, the costs incurred may be recognised as eligible expenditure; if necessary, the measure may be carried out digitally or made up for later. Cancellation fees may be paid to artists already engaged on the cut-off date 15.3.2020 in the amount of 60 % of the fee (artists employed in analogue work), even if cancellation fees have not been expressly agreed. Further procedural simplifications for grant recipients to cushion the effects of Covid-19 can be found here (in german). Applications for current funding programmes can be submitted online. However, it is currently open whether and when funding decisions will be made.
Link   (general information during the Corona crisis, in German only)

Fonds Darstellende Künste: Detailed information on the use of funds from the Performing Arts Fund is continually updated. The Fund endeavours to find solutions in individual cases with the recipients of funding. In response to Corona, the Fund is also changing its "Initial Grant" programme, to which artists affected by loss of income who have been supported by the Fund in the last 10 years can apply until 5 April 2020.
Link I (in German only),  Link II  (in German only)

National Performance Network: Guest performances already approved, which have been cancelled due to Corona, can be realised at another date by 28 February 2021 at the latest. If a guest performance has been cancelled, but the fees or material costs are still paid to the artists/company e.g. in case of a digital performance, the NPN will check on a case-by-case basis.
Link (in English)

Kulturstiftung des Bundes: Even if planned events cannot take place, the costs incurred up to the date of a possible cancellation or postponement are eligible. Ongoing projects can in principle claim the expenses incurred to date as part of the shortfall financing. Existing project funding can - if possible - be adapted to the new situation by making changes. This can be done, for example, by postponing deadlines or using digital formats. Cancellations, partial cancellations and replacement by other formats are contract-relevant project changes. As the project sponsor, you first decide which changes are possible in terms of content, organization and technology. In a second step, you will inform the Federal Cultural Foundation in writing about the intended measures and the changed cost and financing plan. At the initiative of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, it is now possible under certain conditions to pay cancellation fees for artists whose performances have become invalid due to the Corona crisis.
Link  (in German only)

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