Coaching: Applying to join the Künstlersozialkasse (KSK)


We will arm you with loads of information about the Künstlersozialkasse (KSK) and help you create a great application.

This is a great place to send us a list of questions or give us some background information so we can prepare. Tip: if you're working on an application, create a shared folder online and give us the link and password here. Otherwise, you can upload documents (e.g. correspondence) below instead.
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    If you work in an artistic field in Germany as a freelancer, you might be eligible to join the Künstlersozialkasse (KSK) – this is an artists’ health insurance scheme that allows you to be insured under the public system. The KSK is not a health insurer itself, it’s a fund that subsidises your contributions to health insurance, long-term care insurance and the pension. For many artists, this is absolutely invaluable.

    In this coaching, we’ll give you information about

    • How the Künstlersozialkasse system works
    • Eligibility criteria
    • The application form (in great detail!)
    • Supporting documents
    • What usually happens while you’re waiting for an answer

    Your coach, Lioba, is a member of the Künstlersozialkasse herself and has helped many people apply. This coaching gives you general information about the application process but does not constitute health insurance or pension advice while you wait to hear from the KSK. For that, we’ll hook you up with a qualified professional English-speaking broker.

    How long will it take?

    From our experience, it takes around 2-3 coaching hours to get through the whole process. This includes giving you feedback on your complete application before you send it away. Since everyone is at a different stage when they get in touch, we recommend starting with an hour and only booking more time if necessary.

    Good to know

    Although you’re buying an hour, you don’t have to use it all at once. Feel free to split it into two sessions of 30 minutes each when you schedule a time.