Want to make money with your art? In this workshop, you will learn basics about finances, legal forms of starting your own business, and the first steps of making your own business plan.




Legal and administrative matters

Target groups

Artists, Creative and Cultural Professions


for all sectors, photography, visual and graphic arts, music, webdesign, dance, media, performing arts

Level of experience

Beginners, Intermediary




In this training, participants get an introduction to relevant financial knowledge for freelance artists. Legal forms, taxes, insurances, making contracts and writing invoices are covered. As an exercise, participants create virtual companies and write basic business plans for those companies.


  • making a business plan
  • applying for loans and fundings
  • founding a new business
  • legal statuses for freelancers
  • legal forms of enterprises
  • social insurance
  • other insurances relevant for artists
  • contracts and invoices
  • calculation of costs and prices


  • Introduction / presentation of possible content
  • Collecting questions/concerns/interests on post-its
  • Input on developing a concept and a business plan
  • Group task: Developing a small concept/business plan for an artistic service/company, estimating the costs
  • Presenting the concepts in a simulation, trying to convince investors (played by the other participants and the coach)
  • Feedback

(Lunch Break)
  • Short lecture on most relevant legal forms for artists in Germany
  • Lecture on rights and duties in German tax law
  • Lecture on insurances
  • Collecting costs that freelance artists/artistic enterprises will have
  • Tipps for calculating, long-term financial planning, saving money and unexpected costs
  • Q&A


  • to gain basic knowledge about finacial laws
  • to know about possible legal forms for working as an artist or starting an artistic business
  • to have an idea how to do financial planning, calculations and business plans
  • to get basic insight in applying for loans and fundings
  • to get an overview of what insurances might be relevant for artists and artistic businesses


Participants will have a better understanding of financial laws, taxes and insurances, and will have the first tools needed for starting an own artistic business


  • Video projector
  • Markers, pens and papers


Online Questionnaire (Google Drive)

Support material

Power Point Presentation "Artists in Business" (about 100 slides), provided to the participants as handout


7 h


up to 28

Course language(s)

Deutsch, Français, Español, English

Past track experience

since 2011


Philipp Godart


ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne e. V. (RRCGN)


Sascha Düx


under the project Routes to Employment


📎 Module PDF (0.11 MB)

Personal curriculum

This Curriculum was developed with funding from the EU programme ERASMUS+ as Strategic Partnership in the field of Vocational Education and Training.
This curriculum reflects only the authors’ views; the European Commission and the ERASMUS+ national agencies are not responsible for any use that may be made of the informations it contains.

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ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne e. V. (RRCGN)

ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne e. V. (RRCGN) is a non-profit association that promotes cultural and social diversity in arts and media, strengthening of diversity conscious youth work as well as promotion of international exchanges and international youth mobility.