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.