Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are currently only offering consultations by phone and ask you to refrain from visiting our office. All consultations take place regularly (by telephone).

Exclusive offers for members

The bbk berlin is the only artists’ association in Germany to provide legal aid for its members. Please note that in order to do so, Berlin must be the place of jurisdiction.

Professional legal protection can be provided for legal disputes, e.g. with galleries, exhibitors and clients or – if professionally related – with insurance companies or government administrations. Please contact our legal advisor as soon as possible, as the bbk will not cover the costs of legal consultations made prior to getting in touch with our legal department!

In order to avoid unjustifiable risks to your fellow members, the chair committee will only grant free legal protection after consulting our expert lawyers’ opinion on your case. Your claim should be legally justified and have a good chance to succeed in court.

Any application for legal aid should be made to the bbk berlin. A personal interview is required.

Contact: Mr Klaus Blancke, attorney

-> see Legal advice

Rechtsschutzverordnung des bbk berlin e.V. (only available in German)

Legal advice from the bbk berlin is available to members and comprises a comprehensive range of services. These include contractual matters relating to clients and contractors, galleries and exhibitors, and disputes with administrative authorities. The bbk berlin's legal advice can also help in the event of problems with the artists' social insurance fund (KSK), the job centre, and the social welfare office. As a rule, advice should be sought before concluding important agreements and contracts.

Contact: Mr Klaus Blancke, attorney

Office hours: Mondays from 9.00 am  – 12.00 pm by phone (030-230 899-42), and from 12.00 pm - 2.00 pm by appointment only.

Unfortunately, the legal advice session on 23 November must be cancelled.

 

For all issues involving rental law, please contact the → legal advice on studio rental team (this is an offer open to all artists* in Berlin ↓)

You can find more information in the FAQs - Social Affairs / Keyword: Künstlersozialkasse-KSK, ALG II, Social emergency

The tax consultancy service provides assistance with all types of taxes as well as bookkeeping and accounting questions. Artists beginning a freelance career can get information about their tax obligations and rights during a twenty-minute consultation. Advisers are also available to answer individual questions on specific topics and to assist with the preparation of tax returns.

Contacts: Ms Hobohm, Mr Dr. Klier, Mr Vogel

Office hours: once a month on Wednesdays from 11.00 am - 3.00 pm, by appointment only.

Our insurance advice service provides members with information on various types of insurance policies in advance of planning a commission or transport etc. as well as to find individual solutions for essential insurance protection. Insurance advice at the bbk berlin answers the following questions:

  • Which insurance policies are absolutely essential? Analysis of existing risks and requirements
  • How much should they cost and what coverage is to be expected? A comprehensive and independent assessment is made regarding offers, contract specifications and general terms and conditions
  • What points should be considered when terminating an insurance contract? Tips for cancelling, changing and signing contracts
  • What can be done in the event of an insurance company refusing to meet its legal obligations? Advice on claims
  • Drawing up expert reports to let the rvbb Berlin deal with your claim: rvbb Berlin
  • In which circumstances do you need to be insured through the KSK (the artists' social insurance fund? Assistance with application forms and general questions regarding compulsory insurance policies

Contact: Ms Susanne Haid, independent insurance consultant, certified according to AG Berlin / permission according to §34d Abs.2 Gewo (rvbb-Rechtsberatung für Versicherungsangelegenheiten in Berlin und Brandenburg: www.rvbb.de)

Office hours: every second Thursday of a month by prior appointment from 11.00 am – 1.00 pm

You can find more information in the FAQ - Social issues / Keyword: Insurance advice

Members of the compulsory statutory pension insurance scheme receive state subsidies within the framework of private provision. These include self-employed persons, such as artists, teachers, parents pn parental leave, and people in marginal employment (mini-jobs) under certain circumstances. Members of the bbk berlin who are compulsorily insured through the Künstlersozialkasse (KSK, the artists' social insurance fund) should not miss out on this state support under any circumstances. In order to decide whether an additional, private old-age provision makes sense for you, you should examine your current status carefully, as well as your ideas about how financially secure you wish to be in old age. You should answer the following questions for yourself before coming to a consultation session:

  • How much is my expected statutory pension? (see pension notification from the Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund)
  • My current financial situation
  • How much money do I need to spend now in order to reach my personal target for pension provision in old age?

Riester Pension Prerequisite: You are a member of the KSK and obligated to pay pension insurance in Germany. The Riester pension is offered in five different forms such as bank savings plan, fund savings plan, building society savings contract, and classic or unit-linked pension insurance.

Conversation partner: Ms Susanne Haid, independent insurance consultant, certified according to AG Berlin / permission according to §34d Abs.2 Gewo (rvbb-Rechtsberatung für Versicherungsangelegenheiten in Berlin und Brandenburg: www.rvbb.de)

Office hours: every second Thursday of a month by prior appointment from 11.00 am – 1.00 pm

You can find more information in the FAQs - Social issues / Keyword: Insurance advice, Pension advice, Riester pension

What claims can artists assert as members of the VG Bild-Kunst collecting society? Beginning in 2020, the bbk will offer  its members advice on questions concerning their free membership within VG Bild-Kunst.

Contact: Mr Martin Zellerhoff, artist and photographer

Office hours: four times a year - on 11 February, 12 May, 09 June and 13 October 2020, Tuesdays from 11.00 am - 1.00 pm

These advisory services are free of charge to all members of the bbk berlin. In urgent cases, non-members who are professional visual artists can also contact the office.

    In order to make an appointment for an advisory session, please call the bbk berlin office 030 230 899 - 0 Mondays through Thursdays from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm

    Free advisory services for all visual artists in Berlin

    The bbk berlin and its legal services team provides artists with advice on problems relating to studio rentals, i.e. rental law, exorbitant rent, difficulties due to a mixed use of premises for private and commercial use (studio flats), faults and repairs, disputes occurring on shared studios before new leases. The bbk berlin offers this service in cooperation with the Berlin tenants' association (“Berliner Mieterverein”).

    Conversation partner: Mr Johann Heinrich Lüth, attorney.

    Office hours: every first and third Wednesday of the month from 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm (no appointment required!).

    At present, the legal advice regarding studio rental is provided exclusively by telephone: 030 230 899 - 42

    This office provides advice to visual artists from Germany and abroad who want to take up professional work in Berlin. It offers them assistance with key questions about the profession and helps provide orientation within the artistic metropolis that is Berlin. Consultations are free of charge.

    Contact: Nina Korolewski

    Office hours by appointment only:
    Tel. 030.230 899-15 or via email: welcome@bbk-kulturwerk.de

    These advisory services are provided free of charge to all visual artists in Berlin.