Your journey as a GEMA member

So you want to become a GEMA member. But what does that even mean? Well, things are about to take off, because over here, everything revolves around your work and the royalties you make from it. Find out what your member journey looks like: From your application all the way to your first pay-out and using our wide spread services.

Become a member

Whether you are a creator (composer/lyricist) or a music publisher: You want to earn money with your work and for this, you might want to check out our live calculator to make sure a GEMA membership is worth your while. Afterwards you simply complete a membership application and once we checked everything, you’ll get your Deed of Assignment. Just sign it and there you go: Welcome to GEMA, you are now a member!

Register your titles

It's pretty obvious: We can only manage royalties for music that is registered with us. That is why it's so important for you to register your titles with us. As soon as you are a member, you can submit everything online. Anytime you create new material, just log in to your account and register it.

Wait, I wrote this!

Whether on the radio, online, at concerts and clubs or in restaurants: It’s always a special feeling hearing your own creation played in public. To ensure your royalties go straight into your pocket, usages of your titles are directly reported to us or identified by us.

Receive your payments

The payouts of your hard-earned royalties are scheduled on fixed dates spread across the year. This shall ensure that cash is flowing to your account as regularly as possible. The more your titles are played or used, the higher the royalties are. How much you are due as a creator or music publisher in detail is governed by the GEMA distribution plan.

Something's not quite right

If you think a payout is not quite right or the music usages reported to us do not match your own records, you can simply submit a claim. The most comfortable way to let us know is via our Online Portal. Once you submit the required details of your claim, we will take care of your case.

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Special services for you as a member

As a member, you can take advantage of many services and benefits that simplify your everyday life as a creator or music publisher. From an extensive membership programme that includes workshops, showcases, discounts and industry insurances, to useful services in the online portal and our help and contact area where all your questions will be answered - your membership includes more than you think!