Carry out equalisation association in cooperation with the artists' social insurance fund Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

If you represent several companies as a compensation association vis-à-vis the Künstlersozialkasse (KSK), you must update the data for your members at the KSK annually and collect the artists' social security contribution and forward it to the KSK.

As a compensation association, you assume the obligations of your members towards the KSK. In particular, you pay the artists' social security contribution and the advance payments with discharging effect. In addition, you must coordinate the review of the equalisation association.

You submit a copy of the following evidence, if applicable and available:

  • Extract from the commercial register for registrations and deregistrations.
  • Application for insolvency and letter from the insolvency administrator
  • Documents justifying your notification, e.g. annual financial statements

Forms: yes

Online procedure possible: no

Written form required: no

Personal appearance required: no


The prerequisites for the implementation of a compensation association are

  • the conclusion of an agreement on the establishment of a compensation association with the KSK and
  • approval by the Federal Social Security Office.

Related Links

  • § 32 Künstlersozialversicherungsgesetz (KSVG)

Related Links

  • Informationen zur Ausgleichsvereinigung auf der Internetseite der Künstlersozialkasse
  • Informationen zur Künstlersozialabgabe in der Publikation "Künstlersozialversicherung" des Bundesministeriums für Arbeit und Soziales
  • Informationsschrift "Gründung von Ausgleichsvereinigungen nach § 32 Künstlersozialversicherungsgesetz (KSVG)"

After concluding and approving the agreement, you perform the following tasks for your members:

  • You inform the KSK annually of the calculation figure required according to the agreement, for example turnover or remuneration for work.
  • The KSK informs you in a statement of account of the amount of the artists' social security contribution to be paid and the advance payments.
  • You collect the funds for the artists' social security contributions to be paid and the advance payments from your members after internal invoicing.
  • You inform the KSK informally in writing by post, fax or in an e-mail of members joining or leaving the KSK, of changes in the membership data or of the occurrence of insolvency.
  • If a check of your members is necessary, the KSK will inform you.
  • First, the KSK will send you a selection of the companies to be checked, which you will agree on together.
  • The KSK then provides you with documents to carry out a survey of your members, in particular the remuneration paid to self-employed artists or journalists.
  • You carry out the data collection using data collection forms and compile the results in a table, which the KSK also provides to you.
  • The KSK checks the members and informs you of the results, which you reconcile with the KSK.
  • When the KSK checks your payroll, you provide it with the documents on which the payroll is based.
  • For the settlement of administrative costs, you inform the KSK of the number of companies that do not pay leviable fees.
  • If there is a significant structural change, such as a sharp increase in the number of members, inform the KSK. It will decide whether an early review is necessary.
  • If, in your view, changes to the agreement are necessary, also inform the KSK.

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