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A lot of creative heads are joined in GEMA. They compose music or write lyrics. Sometimes they do both. Add to that the people who publish music. Without these people, our world would be much poorer. And without GEMA, they would probably be poorer, too. As a strong creative community, they can exercise their rights for a fair payment whenever their works are used in public.
*As at: 03/12/2020
Imagine the following: It is the middle of the 19th century. You are a composer of chansons and are sitting in a café in Paris. Suddenly music is played which you know all too well - no wonder, it is music that you created! The atmosphere is rising, the guests are exuberant, and the money is rolling into the cash register of the café owner. And you? You only end up with a bill for your lemonade. In such a situation, would you not also say: "Hold on a minute..."
To do this, they gather once a year for their Members' Assembly. There, the members discuss and decide on current issues. At the same time, they also vote on how GEMA is supposed to look like in future.
Very important: The Members' Assembly determines the Distribution Plan. This plan governs how exactly the licensing income is distributed to the music authors and publishers. Finally, the Members’ Assembly also elects the members of the GEMA Supervisory Board.
Approx. 4,200 full GEMA members (i.e. those with per se voting rights) are participating in the Members' Assembly. On top of that, there are 64 delegates. These, in turn, are elected by 73,000 affiliate and associate GEMA members and represent their interests.
Because we love music, we support music creators and grant prizes so that our musical life remains full of so many facets and can develop further in future.
They are the ones who are never in the spotlight: The creative heads, or rather the music authors. Without them, it would not be possible to ever perform music and bring it onto a stage. It is them who gift gripping melodies, new sounds and touching words to the world. And that is exactly why we provide these people with a stage – and bow to them with the German Music Authors' Prize.
What do Mark Forster, Inga Humpe and Die Fantastischen Vier have in common? They all live their passion for music with German lyrics and each of them is a recipient of the Fred Jay Award.
This award, named after the lyricist Fred Jay, is granted each year to people who have contributed a lot to our German-language music culture with their lyrics. We at GEMA are proud that we are the patron of this great prize.
Despite Facebook, Twitter & Co., it still is the medium with the biggest number of users worldwide: the radio.
Because it takes music, art and culture exactly where its listeners are in that very moment. Without radio, many of those people would be mostly isolated. We therefore highlight its significance for the cultural diversity with the Radio Culture Award.
As an organisation where so many threads converge, we must of course be set up accordingly. Important tasks are taken on by Supervisory Board, Managing Committee and the Delegates.
Eight composers, seven publishers, six lyricists: That is our Supervisory Board, including all deputies. When it comes to its composition, it is probably unique in Germany.
It does, exceptionally, not include any music creators. At GEMA, everything revolves around the copyright law and the licensing income which is linked to it. That is what our Managing Committee looks after.
Apart from the Annual General Meeting of full GEMA members, there is also an assembly for all associate members. Every three year, the Delegates for the Annual General Meeting of the full members are elected in this assembly, separated by professional groups.
In order to be able to position ourselves more broadly and offer our services more efficiently, we at GEMA have founded several subsidiaries over the years. Would you like to find out more about ARESA, ISYS, IT4IPM, SOLAR, ZPÜ?
To the subsidiaries
Part of international associations
We also work on a multi-country level to guarantee a protection of authors for you.
To the memberships
Music and politics
Since we give creatives a voice, we also get politically involved.
Our political liaison office