Before you decide to join, ensure that a GEMA membership is financially sensible for you. This is the case if your musical works have been performed in public, broadcast via radio or TV or released by third parties via commercially published sound/audiovisual recordings to a certain extent during the current calendar year, or if such commercial exploitations are imminent.
In this context, it is also important to take into account that members need to pay if they organise the public exploitation of their works themselves. Since members have assigned their exploitation rights to GEMA, they must, even if they are music users themselves - i.e. if they organise concerts or produce sound recordings -, obtain the licence for the use of their own works from GEMA.