Short-term employed artistic activity to secure an overall artistic production


  • Foreign concert or stage artists or members of the professional categories of acrobatic artists, film, radio and TV artists or musicians, who are employed for 1 day or (up to) 4 weeks in the context of an overall artistic production, provided the activity serves to secure a concert, an event, a performance, an on-going film production, a live radio or TV broadcast.

This special provision is to take account of the special employment situation with artistic performances and productions. Employment of foreign artists, provided it does not exceed the periods which do not require authorisation (maximum of 4 weeks), must be notified to the competent regional PES office on the day employment starts (duty of notification). This provision applies to both performing artists and musicians, and to film, radio and TV artists such as cinematographers or make-up artists (not however to creative artists such as sculptors or writers).

These artists may be employed for up to 4 weeks without requiring authorization, if the activity is exercised in the framework of an overall artistic production. An overall artistic production is an event or production with artistic contents which, even though it may consist of several self-contained units (e.g. concerts or theatre performances), is based on an overall organisational concept (e.g. concert or theatre tour, actionist total works of art, film shooting). To serve its intended purpose, the special provision covers all foreign nationals participating in the overall production, even if their individual work is not of an artistic nature.

The periods in which foreign nationals may be employed without requiring authorisation apply only for one individual employer (organiser or producer). Several employments with several employers are not aggregated.

Based on these provisions, artists may take up several consecutive or at least chronologically linked employments with different employers in Austria without requiring authorization.