The spread of the corona pandemic has a massive and immediate impact on the music and culture industries: The widespread cancellation of music events and the closure of cultural facilities are threatening the existence of many music professionals and creatives. In order to cushion the devastating economic effects of the pandemic as best as possible, the Managing Committee and the Supervisory Board of GEMA have decided on an emergency relief programme for GEMA members, under which composers, lyricists and music publishers can apply for financial support from GEMA. The emergency relief programme consists of two stages:
- „Schutzschirm" [Protective shield]: Advance payment on future pay-outs in categories which are affected by high income residues due to the pandemic.
- [closed] „Corona Relief Fund“: One-off personal transitional aid to support composers, lyricists and music publishers who are exceptionally hard hit by the corona pandemic
Questions about GEMA's emergency relief programme ("Schutzschirm LIVE" and "Corona Relief Fund") should be sent to the e-mail address email@example.com.
GEMA is establishing an option to claim advance payments for rightsholders who have been particularly affected by the corona pandemic in the pay-out year 2021 (“Protective shield 2021”). The option to file applications will be available from about mid-July.
In a more comprehensive manner than in the case of the aid programme in 2020, additional categories such as the music playback sector will be included in addition to the live categories.
The option to claim an advance payment is available to
- living creators whose accumulated revenue in the categoriesU, UD, M, DK, DK VR, E, ED, EM, BM, R, T, TD, TD VR was, as an average of the 2018 and 2019 financial years,at least 50% of their average total income in these financial years but only as far as the average total annual income of the creator was no higher than €30,000 and amounted to at least €500 in the respective categories.
- publishers whose accumulated revenue in the categoriesU, UD, M, DK, DK VR, E, ED, EM, BM, R, T, TD, TD VR was, as an average of the 2018 and 2019 financial years, at least 50% of their average total income in these financial years but only as far as the average total annual income of the creator was no higher than €75,000 and amounted to at least €1,000 in the respective categories.
In addition to this, it is a requirement that the actual income of GEMA rightsholders in the categories mentioned in the 2020 financial year (pay-out year 2021) are at least 20% lower than on average for the 2018 and 2019 financial years.
In the context of the protective shield 2021, rightsholders receive 50% of the remaining amount which is made up from the comparison between their actual income for the 2020 financial year and their annual average of the 2018 and 2019 financial years in the relevant categories, as an advance payment on their future income.
The advance payments will be offset against the income of the rightsholder from 1 June 2023 onwards at the earliest.
Creators who have met the previously mentioned conditions for an advance payment, will have the option to submit an unbureaucratic application in the GEMA Online Portal. Publishers who have an entitlement to an advance will be contacted proactively by GEMA. We are going to inform you in good time about the launch of the application process here.
Funding programmes for creators of music and creative projects
You can find an overview of information, financial aid and support programmes for creators of music in emergency situations here (currently only available in German).