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Notify the Künstlersozialkasse of pension withdrawals

As a person who is subject to compulsory insurance via the Künstlersozialkasse (KSK), you can apply for a pension from the relevant pension insurance institution. To do so, you must meet the requirements.
The competent pension insurance institution will inform you about the exact requirements for a pension. After you have submitted your application, the pension insurance institution will check the requirements. At the end of the procedure, you will receive a decision on your application.

If you receive a pension, your previous insurance obligation with the KSK may change:

  • If you receive a standard old-age pension ("normal" pension), your previous obligation to be insured under the pension insurance scheme ends. Exception: You expressly apply to continue paying pension insurance contributions.
  • If you receive a full pension due to old age or full reduction in earning capacity, your contribution amount in the statutory health insurance is reduced. This is because the pension means that you are no longer entitled to sickness benefit.
  • If you receive a full pension and change it to a partial pension or vice versa, this may also affect your compulsory insurance.

Process flow

If you receive or have applied for a pension from the statutory pension insurance:

  • Inform the KSK informally that you have applied for the pension.
  • If necessary, answer any queries from the pension insurance provider and the KSK immediately.
  • Submit a copy of the pension statement to the KSK as soon as possible.
    • The KSK provides a PDF form on its website for this purpose.
    • Download the PDF form.
    • Send the completed and signed form with a copy of your pension statement by post to the KSK address given on the form.
  • At the end of the procedure, you will receive written notification of the changes to your insurance obligation.


  • You are currently subject to compulsory insurance via the KSK.
  • You receive a pension from the statutory pension insurance or have applied for such a pension.
  • You continue to work as an artist or journalist on a commercial scale.

Which documents are required?

  • Copy of the notice of approval from the pension insurance provider

What are the fees?

There are no costs for you.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Inform the KSK immediately about your pension application.

Processing duration

Depending on workload, usually 4 weeks once all documents and information are received.

Applications / forms

Forms: yes

Online procedure possible: no

Written form required: no

Personal appearance required: no


  • Objection
    Not all pension withdrawals have legal implications. If there is a change with legal implications, you can find detailed information on how to lodge an appeal in the decision.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Professionally released on



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competent Bodies

Address: Gökerstraße 14 , 26384 Wilhelmshaven
Telephone: 0180 57 52 25 5
Telephone: 04421 7543-586
Fax: 04421 7543-711

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)