NEW: Information about our distributions as of 1 July 2022 can be found here.

Important Deadlines

1. Notification and amendment deadlines for works and audiovisual works (AVWs)

Notification and amendment deadlines:

Pay-out entitlements only arise in the case of a timely work declaration. A notification is deemed to be timely if it is received by GEMA within the following deadlines (Art. 36 GEMA distribution plan).

Changes and amendments may only be considered during the current financial year if their notification is submitted on time. The notification is deemed to be timely if it is received by GEMA within the following deadlines (Art. 41 GEMA distribution plan):

 

The deadlines newly regulated by the General Assembly 2019 are highlighted in bold.

 

Usage periodPayment dateRegistration deadline for new works ends on*:Registration deadline for work changes ends on*:Categories (selection)
QuarterQuarterly resp. semi-annual distributionEnd of the month following the respective usage quarterEnd of month following the respective usage quarterOnline: Streaming downloads, GOP
01/01 - 31/12 of a given year01/06 of the following year31/01 of the following year31/01 of the following yearLive (e.g. light music, serious music, stage music)
01/01 - 31/12 of a given year01/07 of the following year31/01 of the following year31/01 of the following yearRadio, film
01/01 - 31/10 of a given year01/07 of the following year31/01 of the following year31/01 of the following yearTV
01/11 - 31/12 of a given year01/07 of the following year31/03 of the following year31/01 of the following yearTV
01/01 - 30/06 of a given yearquarterly/resp. semi-annual distribution31.07 of the current year31/07 of the current yearSound recordings, audiovisual recordings
01/07 - 31/12 of a given yearquarterly/resp. semi-annual distribution31.01. of the following year31/01 of the following yearSound recordings, audiovisual recordings
01/01 - 31/12 of a given year01/04 of the following year31/01 of the following year31/01 of the following yearOther categories

2. Submission deadlines for usage reports

(Art. 56 GEMA distribution plan as well as distribution plans of the sister organisations)

Submission deadlines for usage reports for domestic and international live performances (playlists) and all other uses abroad

  • Submission deadline: by 31/03 of the year following the usage

3. Claims deadlines

(Art. 59 GEMA distribution plan)

Usage categories broadcasting/presentation (categories FS/FS VR, TFS/TFS VR, T,TD/TD VR, R/R VR) and international income (category A, A VR)

  • Claims deadline: 18 months after the pay-out date


Usage categories performance light music (categories U/M/UD) and performance serious music and stage music (categories E/ED/EM/BM)

  • Claims deadline: 9 months after the pay-out date


Usage categories reproduction and distribution (categories PHO VR/ BT VR) and online (categories MOD /MOD VR, KMOD /KMOD VR, VOD/VOD VR, WEB/WEB VR)

  • Claims deadline: 3 months after the pay-out date


An overview of the pay-out dates can be accessed here.

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Member Service
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Tel.: +49 (0) 30 21245600
E-Mail: mitgliederservice@gema.de