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Social security for self-employed artists and publicists, registration


Self-employed artists and publicists are insured by obligation in the statutory pension, sickness and nursing care insurance schemes via the Artists’ Social Security Fund (KSK). In order to be included, you must register with the Artists’ Social Security Fund. 

According to the Artists’ Social Security Act (KSVG), you are an artist if you create, perform or teach music or performing or visual arts. You are classed as a publicist if you work as a writer or jour-nalist or in another area of publishing or if you teach journalism.

You must pay monthly contributions to the KSK. The following factors are used to calculate the contributions

  • prospective earnings from work as a self-employed art-ist or publicist, and
  • the contribution rates for individual classes of insurance.

Due to the fluctuating income levels inherent in self-employed work, monthly insurance contributions are not determined on the basis of monthly income. Instead, prospective annual earnings from work as a self-employed artist or publicist are used as the basis for the calculation. 

However, prospective earnings from work as a self-employed artist or publicist must exceed EUR 3 900 per year (marginal earnings threshold).

There are exceptions, for example, for people who have recently joined the profession: As such, you will be insured under the Artists’ Social Security Act, even if your earnings do not exceed the marginal earnings threshold. 

If you are insured with the KSK, you only pay the KSK 50 percent of the contribution for the statutory pension, sickness and nursing care insurance schemes. The other half of the contribution is paid by the federal government and by companies or clients (for example, galleries, publishing houses, broadcasting organisations or concert organisers) that use artistic and publishing services and are thus obliged to pay an artists’ social security tax.

A self-employed person, insured by obligation, who is unfit for work is entitled to the same benefits from the statutory sickness insurance fund as an employed person. A self-employed person will thus receive a sickness benefit from the sickness insurance fund from the seventh week of his unfitness for work.

The Artists’ Social Security Act sets out various exemptions from the insurance obligation. Further information is available from the KSK.

Process flow

You need to register with the Artists’ Social Security Fund in writing or in person:

  • You can download the questionnaire for assessing the insurance obligation for artists and publicists, as well as instructions on how to fill it out and further information, from the KSK website. Please fill it out and send it to the KSK.
  • The KSK will automatically send you acknowledgment of receipt of your documents.
  • If all the insurance requirements have been met, the KSK will issue a notice of assessment. The KSK will register you with the statutory sickness and/or nursing care insurance fund of your choice and with the data office of the pension insurance institute.
  • The insurance obligation under the Artists’ Social Security Act begins on the day the KSK receives your application. If you are unfit for work when you register with the KSK, the insurance obligation will not begin until you are once again fit for work.
  • The insurance obligation will end on the day you stop working as a self-employed artist or publicist. You are therefore obliged to inform KSK immediately of any change of activity.

Who should I contact?

Postal address:
Artists’ Social Security Fund (KSK)
26380 Wilhelmshaven
Homepage: www.kuenstlersozialkasse.de
Email: auskunft@kuenstlersozialkasse.de

Artists’ Social Security Fund Service Centre
Tel.: 04421 97340 51500
Fax:
Insured persons 04421 7543 5080
Legal office 04421 7543 5050

Office hours:
Monday to Friday
9:00 to 16:00 

Competent authority

Artists’ Social Security Fund (KSK)
Gökerstrasse 14
26384 Wilhelmshaven
Homepage: www.kuenstlersozialkasse.de
Email: auskunft@kuenstlersozialkasse.de

Artists’ Social Security Fund Service Centre
Tel.: 04421 97340 51500
Fax:
Insured persons 04421 7543 5080
Legal office 04421 7543 5050

Office hours:
Monday to Friday
9:00 to 16:00

Requirements

As a self-employed artist or publicist, you are in principle insured if you

  • work as an artist or publicist for commercial purposes and not merely temporarily, and
  • do not employ more than one person in connection with your work as an artist or publicist. Exception: The employment is for the purpose of vocational training or is marginal in nature.

Which documents are required?

  • Questionnaire assessing the insurance obligation for artists and publicists
  • Proof of work: current contracts with clients or statements, invoices and bank receipts.
  • Further supporting documents: advertising material, proof of training as an artist or publicist, certificate of membership of professional interest groups, photocopy of your ID card/passport with current certificate of registration
  • if you are already a member of a statutory sickness insurance fund: certificate of membership of the sickness insurance fund. Otherwise, a provisional certificate from the chosen sickness insurance fund
  • if you are raising or have raised a child:
    • a copy of your child’s birth certificate
    • evidence of parenthood

What are the fees?

  • Registration: none
  • Monthly contribution: 50 percent share to the statutory pension, sickness and nursing care insurance schemes

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

As a self-employed artist or publicist, you must apply to register with the KSK as soon as you meet the requirements for inclusion.

Processing duration

Depending on the complexity of the assessment: 3 to 6 months

Applications / forms

Forms: Yes. 
Can I apply online? No.
Do I need to apply in writing? Yes.
Do I need to apply in person? No.

What else should I know?

You can arrange an earlier entitlement to sickness benefits with your sickness insurance fund for the first six weeks’ unfitness for work in return for an additional contribution under a supplementary tariff. Please consult your sickness insurance fund for further details.

Self-employed artists or publicists may be entitled to benefits under the Artists’ Social Security Act, while at the same time being called on to pay the artists’ social security tax as well, if they regularly commission work from other self-employed artists or publicists.

Technically approved by

Artists’ Social Security Fund

Professionally released on

11.07.2018

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies


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

Data protection information


Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Timetable
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Timetable
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
BIC: GENODEF1LIG
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
BIC: NOLADE21EMS
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
BIC: PBNKDEFF250
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306

Ansprechpartner

Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
Room:
605
responsible for:

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

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