Bridge funding for artists

Type of institution
National Government
  • Direct support for artists and cultural professionals
    • Social benefits
    • Compensation for loss of income
Type of measure
Emergency response
July 2020

In July 2020 Austria introduced a fund endowed with EUR120 million (around USD146 million) to support freelance artists who are in financial emergency due to loss of income caused by Covid-19. Applications are administered by the Social Insurance Institution for the Self-Employed until 30 June 2021; applicants must be insured by this institution. Grants amounted to maximum EUR10,000 for 2020, plus there was an additional lockdown bonus of EUR2000 for the months of November and December 2020. For 2021 (first and second quarter) the grant amounts to EUR6000; a further lockdown bonus has been set up for the months of January and February (EUR1000) as well as for March and April.

(See Information for artists and art professionals) - in German only

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Media Arts
Performing Arts
Visual Arts