Information Portals and Databases
Public and private support for art has increased worldwide. Databases provide information on countless different opportunities for support and funding. Art promotion can include project funding, art prizes, scholarships, artist-in-residence programmes and studio support programmes, purchasing works of art, tenders for art in public space, etc.
This new information portal was developed by the IGBK and the International Theatre Institute. It offers information on support programmes for internationally mobile artists. A comprehensive database lists programmes by public institutions, foundations, associations and societies, and businesses in Germany. In addition Touring Artists offers information on legal and administrative questions and provides assistance. The website is intended for use by artists living in Germany who wish to work or operate abroad, and also by international artists who wish to spend time in Germany.
Artists’ Houses support artists with working scholarships and studio apartments for a limited period of time. The Goethe-Institut provides a list with further links to the various institutions:
Bundesverband deutscher Stiftungen
The website provides information about private and public support in Germany. It can be searched with key words, divided into genres and thematic areas.
Database of the IGBK
The IGBK database provides contact addresses and information of opportunities for artistic work and support. It offers information on tenders and recruitment, international programmes, EU cultural funding, artist-in-residence programmes, European and international networks, international artists’ ID, and customs certificates.
This international network of residence programmes represents the interests of Artists’ Houses and organizations in 50 countries. The website includes a database which can be searched for Artists’ Houses worldwide.
The database transartists lists artists’ residence programmes, divided into region and artistic field. Link to programmes in Germany:
ECF Labs is a platform for individuals and organizations. It promotes cultural exchange between Europe and the world. This also includes information about funding opportunities.
Tenders in Kunstforum international
Tenders and recruitment are published in Kunstforum international:
Tenders in the Portal Kunstgeschichte
Tenders and recruitment under the art history portal Portal Kunstgeschichte
The online magazine for art and art history offers daily updated information on art activities in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. It also includes comprehensive information on studies, research, careers, and travel. Link to tenders and advertisements:
Tenders published by the Association of German Art Historians
Tenders and recruitment are published by the Association of German Art Historians (Verband Deutscher Kunsthistoriker). The association focuses on professions in museums and monuments, universities and research institutions and also freelance artists and young professionals. The association also publishes information on scholarships and prizes in the field of German and international art.
Website archive of ArtHist
This international and non-commercial professional forum for art history within the H-Net association (Humanities and Social Sciences Online) also publishes information on scholarships and tenders and recruitment from various fields of art history including scholarships for curators and doctoral theses.
Art Sponsors and Foundations
Support for art in Germany is provided primarily by state cultural policy, on national, federal state, and local levels. Private-sector businesses are also involved in promoting art and culture. Numerous foundations support art, particularly with scholarships and prizes for young artists.
Public-sector Support: Cities, Federal States, National Bodies
The German Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes)
Since 2002, the German Federal Cultural Foundation has been supporting art and culture within a national government programme. The focus is on promoting innovative programmes and projects in an international context, taking into account cultural exchange and cross-border cooperation.
Art Fund Foundation (Stiftung Kunstfonds)
The Art Fund Foundation supports contemporary fine arts in Germany, with a particular focus on young artists and innovative projects. Artists who live permanently in Germany can apply for a working scholarship independent of specific projects, or for support for material and travel expenses for a concrete artistic project.
Die ifa exhibition funding programme provides support for exhibitions abroad of contemporary German artists and other artists living in Germany. Support for transportation, travel, and equipment rental costs can be applied for. Support is given to solo and group exhibitions in public museums and non-commercial galleries, and for participation in international exhibition projects and international biennials.
Within its artists’ contacts programme ifa supports collaborative artistic work between German and foreign cultural workers in international projects. Support can be provided for working visits and travel for contemporary artists, curators, art educators, critics, theorists, architects, and designers from transition and developing countries, if there is a foreign cultural policy interest in the implementation of these projects.
Rave scholarships support practical training in the promotion and implementation of exhibitions and projects in the fine arts. These scholarships are awarded to young curators, restorers, museum technicians, and cultural managers from transition and developing countries.
Support by the Goethe-Institut
The Goethe-Institut provides scholarships at the Munich Haus der Kunst for international academics researching modern and contemporary art from a global perspective to work for a year.
German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) Support Programme
The Berlin DAAD Artists’ Programme is one of the internationally most renowned scholarship programmes for artists working in the fine arts, literature, music, and film. Every year around 20 scholarships are awarded for a one-year stay in Berlin.
Capital Cultural Fund (Hauptstadtkulturfonds)
The Capital Cultural Fund supports individual projects and events that are significant for Berlin and attract national and international interest. Support can be applied for in all fields of cultural activity, and for interdisciplinary projects that promote cultural exchange. The projects must be implemented or presented in Berlin.
Foundations of the Federal States
Hamburg Cultural Foundation
Since 1998, the Hamburg Cultural Foundation has been supporting contemporary art and culture of all kinds in Hamburg. Support is particularly focused on young artists:
Free State of Bavaria Artists’ Support
Each year the Free State awards up to 16 art promotion prizes of 5,000 euro each to artists under 40 who have completed their training, in the fields of theatre, fine arts, music, literature, and architecture. The focus is on an international exchange of ideas and interdisciplinary projects.
Free State of Saxony Cultural Foundation
The focus is on contemporary art and culture, with support for the fine arts, performing arts, music, literature, film, socioculture, and interdisciplinary projects.
The Leipzig Gallery of Contemporary Art (GfZK) and the Free State of Saxony Cultural Foundation offer a scholarship for a one-year internship at the GfZK for young curators with knowledge of German.
Free State of Thuringia Cultural Foundation
Support is provided to artists living in the federal state of Thuringia and working in the fields of fine arts, artistic photography, performing arts, film and video, music, literature, and interdisciplinary projects.
Schleswig-Holstein Cultural Foundation
The foundation supports events and publications of particular interest for art and history in the federal state, and promotes new directions and developments in art and culture.
Baden-Württemberg Cultural Foundation
Support is provided for the fine arts, performing arts, art criticism, literature, and music. Artists up to 35 years of age may apply, if they were born in or live in Baden-Württemberg.
Akademie Schloss Solitude Cultural Foundation
These studio scholarships are awarded to artists usually not over 35 years of age, in the fields of architecture, fine arts, performing arts, design, music, video / film / new media, and science (the art, science & business programme). Projects can be undertaken within a residence programme scholarship.
Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia
The Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia promotes outstanding and also interdisciplinary projects, especially if they have significance for North Rhine-Westphalia. Areas promoted are fine arts, music, theatre, dance theatre and dance, and literature.
Art Foundation Saxony-Anhalt
The Art Foundation of Saxony-Anhalt supports artistic and cultural projects initiated in Saxony-Anhalt, which have an impact there, or contribute to the popularity of contemporary art in the state. Support focuses on fine arts, applied art, performing arts, literature, music, film, design, architecture, new media, and interdisciplinary projects.
Land Berlin: Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs
Support for art and culture in the state of Berlin is divided into two areas (project funding and scholarships) and targeted at artists living and working in Berlin. The focus is on fine arts, performing arts, intercultural projects, international art exchange, support for artists, literature, and music.
Ministry for Education, Science and Culture of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Support for artists and art projects is realized especially via the purchase of artworks, support for catalogue production, and by awarding scholarships as work, visit, and travel grants. It is also possible to receive individual support, and projects such as exhibitions, pleinairs, and symposia are also supported.
Rhineland-Palatinate Foundation for Culture
The foundation supports the diversity of young art in Rhineland-Palatinate and the sustainable preservation of cultural artefacts within the state. The most significant funding opportunities are project funding, institutional support, and scholarships.
Private Support: Businesses, Institutions, Foundations
Allianz Cultural Foundation
The Allianz Cultural Foundation works with young artists in Europe and is particularly interested in long-term networking between participating artists and cultural institutions in Europe. The funding focus is on interdisciplinary and cross-media concepts that include new approaches in art, culture, and education.
Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy (Kulturkreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft)
Support is provided for architecture, literature, performing arts, fine arts, and music. The association awards the ars viva prize for young artists annually, to which artists are nominated and cannot apply themselves.
The ARTWARD is an international art competition awarded by ICAA since 2010.
Commerzbank promotes art and culture in numerous public-private partnerships and also cooperates with museums. The foundation has its own art collection and works to make art and cultural education available to the public.
Deutsche Bank Foundation
The Deutsche Bank Foundation works to promote young artists, to open up new spaces for cultural experience, and supports exchange between various social groups. The main focus is on education, art, and music.
International Cultural Exchange
International cultural exchange allows people to experience cultural diversity as an enrichment and invites them to change their perspectives. Professionals in the cultural sector who are active on an international level play a key role in this regard. Robert Bosch Stiftung supports artistic works and projects that deal with important social issues and lead to improved understanding between cultures.
pbb Foundation for Art and Science
The pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank Foundation for Art and Science supports young artists, primarily in Baden-Württemberg, in the fields of literature, painting, sculpture, music, theatre, and architecture / design.
Robert Bosch Foundation
The Robert Bosch Foundation offers support in art and culture, education, and society. Art funding is concentrated on the Adelbert-von-Chamisso-Prize for non-native speakers writing in German, and a film promotion prize for co-productions between young German and eastern European filmmakers. The foundation also supports culture as a door-opener for understanding between peoples and nations beyond political borders.
In the field of culture, the Schering Foundation concentrates on the fine arts, dance, theatre, and new music. A special interest is the promotion of dialogue between science and art. Funding is available for interdisciplinary and future-looking projects and works. The foundation supports artists with scholarships, by purchasing their works, and with Schering Stiftung Art Prize.
EU Support and Funding
Creative Europe Desk Culture
The national contact point for EU cultural funding supports artists’ and artwork mobility and intercultural dialogue.
German Academic Exchange Service DAAD
The German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) provides information about various support opportunities and scholarships for students.
European Cultural Foundation
The European Cultural Foundation initiates and promotes art and culture throughout Europe and supports cultural exchange (Travel Grants Step Beyond/ Grants for Artistic Projects).
The cultural and political society (Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft e.V.)
The cultural and political society Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft e.V. was founded in 1976 as a national association of socially active individuals interested in cultural policy.
Study Periods Abroad
Residency programmes provide scholarships and invitations to various art institutions and thus facilitate international exchange between artists with different cultural and regional backgrounds.
The national government Commissioner for Cultural and Media Affairs awards a Villa Massimo scholarship to 10 selected artists per year. These scholarships include residence and studio facilities and are available for already established artists around the age of 40.
German Study Center in Venice
The German Study Center in Venice was opened in 1972 as a venue for encounters between Italian and German culture and science. Here there are scholarships for young scientists whose research projects are relevant to Venice, and also for talented young artists in the fields of architecture, the fine arts, composition, and literature.
The Villa Romana Prize is awarded particularly to young artists living in Germany, giving them the opportunity to spend ten months working in Florence and develop their art. The jury that selects the prize winners differs from year to year.
Research Trips for Curators from Germany
Since 2008 the Goethe-Institut has been offering curators working in Germany in the field of contemporary art the opportunity to apply for support for research trips abroad. This programme aims to more strongly network various art scenes.
Worldwide Goethe-Institut Residence Programme
Artists and cultural workers are invited to spend a period of time living and working abroad. The support programmes are available in art, performing arts, literature, architecture, visual art, media art, design, curating, translation, music, dance, science, film, cultural theory, cultural criticism, new media, theatre, library work, and information.
Every year the Villa Aurora awards scholarships for artists from the fields of fine arts, composition, film, and literature for a stay in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. In the fine arts applications are by invitation only. This scholarship supports work on a specific artistic project and networking.
UNESCO Aschberg Scholarship for Artists
This programme supports young artists’ mobility by funding stays in artists’ residency programmes abroad. The main aim is to promote creative intercultural dialogue. The programme is available to artists between 25 and 35 years old in the fields of creative writing, music, and the fine arts.