Arts Funding and Support

In Germany we work with national and local arts organisations to help connect German and British artists and art professionals. We are not an arts funding body, but focus on cultural relations, that is we bring people from different cultures and backgrounds together to collaborate and exchange knowledge and ideas.

For more information on funding opportunities and general information on the arts scene in Germany, see the selected links below.

Information on Mobility

Touring Artists is an information portal for internationally mobile artists and offers comprehensive information on topics such as visas, transport, customs, taxes, social security, insurance and copyright. Please see the Touring Artists website for further information.

On the Move and the Asia Europe Foundation provide a host of 'Mobility Funding Guides' for artists and arts professionals in all EU countries on their website.  

Funding (All Genres)

Kulturstiftung des Bundes (The Federal Cultural Foundation) promotes and supports international cultural projects across Germany

Hauptstadtkulturfonds (Cultural Fund of the Capital City) supports arts projects across all genres in Berlin. Applications need to be submitted by a German partner.

The Artists-in-Berlin Programme of the German Academic Exchange Fund (DAAD) provides residential grants for artists of all countries in the fields of visual arts, literature, music and film.

The Artists International Development Fund provides grants for artists based in England to travel, explore and collaborate internationally while carrying out professional projects. It is designed to help artists build on their domestic success and develop markets and audiences overseas for their work.

Performing Arts (Dance, Drama)

The International Theatre Institute Germany supports international cultural cooperation and provides information services.

Deutscher Bühnenverein (German Theatre Association) represents theatres and orchestras across Germany.

Kinder- und Jugendtheaterzentrum in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Children and Youth Theatre Centre of Germany) supports theatre for children and young people as well as artists and teachers.

Joint Adventures works with national and international partners in the field of contemporary dance and performance. It produces and organizes festivals, guest performances, residencies, workshops, symposiums as well as a choreographic short-film competition.

Fonds Darstellende Künste (Performing Arts Fund) supports performing arts productions across Germany.


Rat für Formgebung (German Design Council) is a foundation which organises exhibitions, conferences, design prizes and publications and supports emerging designers.

Vitra Design Museum is one of the leading design museums in the world.

Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation) is a centre of research, teaching and experimental design.


Britdoc Circle is a film fund to support the very best artistic and journalistic films being made by European filmmakers

Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg support film-makers in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.

Filmförderungsanstalt (Federal Film Financing Body) gives grants to filmmakers in all fields.

State Minister for Culture and Media – the German Federal Government supports film productions in Germany and international cooperations.

Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film (Curatorship of New German Film) supports young filmmakers based in Germany.


Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben (German Music Foundation) organises and funds projects to promote talents in classical music throughout Germany

Gesellschaft für neue Musik (Society for new music) aims to promote new music in Germany

Deutsches Musikinformationszentrum (German Music Information Centre) provides information on music trends and developments in Germany

Internationales Musikinstitute Darmstadt (International Music Institute of Darmstadt) is an information centre for contemporary music and provides international summer courses.

Visual arts

Akademie Schloss Solitude offers fellowships to artists

Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin is an artist in residence programme for contemporary visual artists with work and exhibition space.

Künstlerhaus Bremen offers a range of fellowships and ateliers for visual artists.

Künstlerhaus Lukas offers bursaries to artists.

Akademie der Künste in Berlin organises exhibitions, discussions and workshops and gives bursaries to artists.

Krupp-Stiftung (Krupp Foundation) offers a range of bursaries to artists.

Edith Russ Haus for Media art is an exhibition space for new media art that offers guest apartments.


The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek is Germany’s national library entrusted with the task of collecting, permanently archiving, bibliographically classifying and making available to the general public all German and German-language publications since 1913. It is situated in Leipzig and Frankfurt/ Main and maintains co-operative relations on the national and international level.

In the UK

In the UK we work closely with leading artists and arts showcases. For more information on funding opportunities or general information on the arts in the UK, see our links below.

  • The Artists International Development Fund is a cooperation between the British Council and Arts Council England. It provides artists resident in England with financial support in order to establish collaborations with artists and art organisations in other countries. The next deadline for applications is 16 January 2015. 


UK arts organisations:

  • The Arts Council of England: The national funding body for the arts in England. It is responsible for developing, sustaining and promoting the arts through the distribution of public money from central government and revenue generated by the National Lottery.
  • Creative Scotland: Supports and invests in Scotland’s arts and creative industries.
  • The Arts Council of Wales: Supports individual Welsh artists working in all disciplines and assists them in producing innovative work, and encourages the presentation of work by Welsh artists through tours in Wales and abroad.
  • The Arts Council of Northern Ireland: Works to develop and improve the knowledge, appreciation, and practice of the arts in Northern Ireland by increasing public access to and participation in the arts.
  • Wales Arts International: A collaboration between the British Council and the Arts Council of Wales that offers an international audience the opportunity to gain a clear perspective on the arts from Wales while facilitating communication between presenters, organizations, festival directors, companies, and artists.

Additional UK Arts Resources:

  • Visiting Arts: Promotes and facilitates the inward flow of international arts into England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and provides resources on funding opportunities as well as information on presenting international work in the UK.
  • On the Move and the Asia Europe Foundation provide a series of 'Mobility Funding Guides' for artists and arts professionals on their website. 
  • British Arts Festivals Association: A calendar, directory, and map for more than 100 arts festivals across the UK.
  • Lab for Culture: Provides a platform for cultural cooperation across Europe and with the rest of the world, including an online set of resources outlining European cultural funding opportunities.
  • British Library: The British Library is the UK’s national library. It is a major research library, holding over 150 million items from many countries, in many languages and in many formats, both print and digital: among them are books, manuscripts, journals, newspapers,  sound and music recordings, maps, stamps and drawings.
  • Britdoc Circle is a film fund to support the very best artistic and journalistic films being made by European filmmakers.

Contacts for German Artists to exhibit in the UK