Once per year, GEMA members meet in order to decide on future issues of their association. The three-day General Assembly of GEMA is at the heart of the community of solidarity among 80,000 members and is vital for a strong internal democracy. Members need to be able to actively exchange opinions via their contributions on items of the agenda, discuss matters with each other, network and co-determine their GEMA. After all, the meeting thrives on a personal exchange in situ and has been a fixed date in the calendar of many members for years.
In 2020 and 2021, GEMA managed to also enable this exchange virtually because the General Assembly was held in virtual space only due to the pandemic. Through a technologically sophisticated, certified system, members were able to discuss items during the live transmission of the meetings, connect via video contributions and decide on motions via live voting features or elect the nominated candidates into the committees. The main assembly as well as the separate meetings of the professional categories (composers, lyricists and publishers) took place in virtual rooms. About 1,000 composers, lyricists and publishers met this way.