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Advice from the artists' social insurance fund for self-employed artists or journalists who are not insured


As a self-employed artist or journalist, you may have to take out insurance through the Künstlersozialkasse (KSK).
If necessary, you can contact the KSK. The KSK

  • informs you about the insurance in the statutory health, nursing care and pension insurance,
  • informs you about your rights and obligations in connection with insurance and
  • advises you on registration.

In addition, the KSK will advise you on request on the following topics, among others:

  • Is the artists' social insurance a compulsory insurance?
  • How can you insure yourself through the KSK?
  • What requirements do you have to meet?
  • Are you a self-employed artist or journalist?
  • How high are the contributions and costs?
  • What benefits does the KSK provide?
  • What are the advantages of the KSK?
  • Are there special regulations for newcomers to the profession?
  • Can you have another self-employed activity or dependent employment on the side?
  • When can you insure yourself as a student via the KSK?
  • Can you choose private health insurance?
  • When and how can you register with the KSK?

Self-employed artists or journalists only have to pay half of their contributions themselves. A federal subsidy as well as the artists' social security contribution of the companies finance the other half of the contributions.

You are not yet registered with the KSK as an artistically or journalistically self-employed person.

You do not need to submit any documentation.

There are no costs for you.

You do not have to meet any deadlines.

by telephone: usually none
in writing or electronically: usually 1 to 5 days

There is no provision for appeal.

Forms: no

Online procedure possible: no

Written form required: no

Personal appearance required: no

Contact the KSK:

  • Ask the KSK questions by phone or in writing or
  • request information on artists' social insurance by e-mail.
  • The KSK will inform you in writing, by telephone or by e-mail.

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Künstlersozialkasse (KSK)
Gökerstraße 14
26384 Wilhelmshaven
26380 Wilhelmshaven
+49 4421 9734051500
+49 4421 7543-5080
+49 4421 7543-5062
+49 4421 7543-5050

Monday to Friday: 09:00 - 16:00