What is the “Künstlersozialkasse” (KSK)?

  • Posted on: 28 January 2020
  • By: Eileen Möller

The KSK is a Social Security fund for self-employed artists and writers. The KSK is not an insurance provider, but serves as an intermediary between the self-employed person and a public health insurance provider of their choice. Members of the KSK only need to pay half of their contributions to health, pension and long-term care insurance. The other half is subsidized by a Federal Government grant and a fee (“Künstlersozialabgabe”) that “users” of self-employed services have to pay to the KSK. For artists who generate the majority of their income with their self-employed artistic activities, KSK membership is always worth it and can save a lot of money. You can find a quick English-language overview and a list of prerequisites on the KSK’s website, and more information on the touring artists website. Need help with your application? Make an appointment for an orientation consultation.