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Useful Links for Foreign Artists in Korea

Updated: Dec 8, 2022

1. Korean Artists Welfare Foundation

Offered Services; fair contracts and dispute resolution, artist industrial accident and employment insurance, artist psychological counseling, protection from sexual harassment and violence, copyright protection, portrait rights protection, artist loans, creative preparation subsidy

To receive the service, you must obtain a certificate of artistic activity from this institution. Applications must be made through online site.

Artists are in principle, limited to those who hold Korean nationality under the Act, except for foreigners residing in Korea who fall under any of the following sub paragraphs. 1. A person who is married to a Korean national 2. A person who is divorced from or has died of a Korean national spouse and is caring for a lineal ascendant or descendant of Korean nationality 3. Persons recognized as refugees under subparagraph 2 of Article 2 of the 「Refugee Act」 4. Foreign nationals who have been granted the status of overseas Korean stay under Article 5 of the 「Act on Immigration and Legal Status of Overseas Koreans」 5. 「Immigration A person who has permanent resident status under Article 10-3 of the Management Act.


예술활동증명|예술활동증명이란 (kawf.kr) (Artistic Activities Certification Site)


2. Arts Council Korea

Starting with the 2021 Culture and Arts Fund regular competition project application held in October 2020, it was included in artists who can apply for support on a limited basis only for permanent residents(F5 visa), spouses of the Korean people(F6 visa), and recognized refugees are included in the list of artists who can apply for assistance.

General guidelines for the application for the on-time application for the Arts Council Korea; Applicants who are ineligible for application. In the case of an individual, a person who is not of Korean nationality (However, if a person who is not of Korean nationality has a valid artistic activity certificate under the Artist Welfare Act, application can be made)


https://www.arko.or.kr (Arts Council Korea)

예술활동증명|예술활동증명이란 (kawf.kr) Artistic Activities Certification Site


3. ARTNURI

Includes information on public fund support projects across the country. It contains creative support, space support, and job support. From 2023, most public institutions for culture and arts are granting qualifications for application to foreign artists with artistic activity certification. Please look into the details.



4. Migrants Trade Union

A labor union of migrant workers officially approved by the Ministry of Labor of the Republic of Korea. Labor consultation is possible for foreign workers.



5. WeFriends

Non-profit organizations that work to promote the health and well-being of migrants without alienation and discrimination. Free medical treatment and medicine are provided for migrant workers and refugees.




6. Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture

Starting with the 2023 Culture and Arts Fund regular competition project application held in October 2022, it was included in artists who can apply for support on a limited basis only for permanent residents(F5 visa), spouses of the Korean people(F6 visa), and recognized refugees are included in the list of artists who can apply for assistance.

General guidelines for the application for the on-time application for the Arts Council Korea; Applicants who are ineligible for application. In the case of an individual, a person who is not of Korean nationality (However, if a person who is not of Korean nationality has a valid artistic activity certificate under the Artist Welfare Act, application can be made)


서울문화재단>공모신청>공모안내(상세) (sfac.or.kr) Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture Fund for 2023.

예술활동증명|예술활동증명이란 (kawf.kr) Artistic Activities Certification Site


7. 네오룩 NEOLOOK

Providing public and private Culture and Arts Fund information for visual artists

You can find various support projects that foreign artists can apply.










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