Our pay-outs as of 1 October and 1 November 2021

All important information about pay-outs in the online categories, category Phono VR, distributions from abroad, pay-outs regarding the rating and assessment procedures and pension schemes, and supplementary distribution in the categories Live and Public Performance

1 November 2021: Supplementary distribution in the categories Live and Public Performance

E, ED, EM, BM, U, UD und M

On 1 November 2021 we will distribute in particular usages that could not be distributed in the main distribution in the categories Live and Public Performance (1 June 2021). Also included are supplementary distributions because of complaints by GEMA Members. The pay-out has a total volume of around 8 million euro. This is significantly below the average value of the last few years and once again a result of the pandemic-related decline in events in 2020.

1 October 2021: Pay-outs in the online categories


Music in the online sector is used in many different ways. We distribute the royalties in the relevant categories. MOD holds a pivotal place in this. MOD stands for music on demand because music content is available on demand. One of the most important providers for this type of music use is Spotify, but iTunes and Deezer also apply this model. We distinguish here whether the contents is used for streaming (e.g. MOD S) or download (e.g. MOD D).

While MOD categories relate to audio contents. VOD categories cover the pay-outs for music uses in audiovisual productions on video-on-demand platforms such as Amazon Prime Video or Maxdome. So-called Mixed Online Platforms (Gemischte Online Plattformen, GOP) such as YouTube, Instagram/Facebook and TikTok represent a mixed form of these usages. In the GOP categories, audiovisual content usages, e.g. so-called user generated content (UGC) are included in the pay-out. There is one distribution for performing rights (AR) and one for mechanical rights (VR) in all online categories.


You can access more information which online services (DSPs) are included for which usage periods in the pay-out on 1 October 2021 here.

The make-up of royalties for a stream in the MOD category is shown here based on Spotify as an example.

MOD and GOP categories contain so-called pan-European usages whereas VOD categories only comprise uses in Germany. Retrievals outside of Europe (MOD and GOP) or outside of Germany (VOD) are licensed by the local sister organisations and paid out to our GEMA members as part of the international income categories (A, A VR). A list of the online pay-outs included in the international income distribution category included in the payment run on 1 October 2021 is shown in the general information on pay-outs of the international income categories here.

When it comes to GOP and GOP VR category uses, we distribute them in a special dual distribution model.

Pay-out in the Phono VR category

On 1 October, a backlog pay-out with a small volume is made for the second semester 2020 will be made in the Phono VR category (reproduction of musical works on physical sound recordings or media carriers). The main distribution for this usage period has already been made on 1 July 2021.

Pay-out for usages abroad

Due to the time-delayed pay-out regarding the pay-out of works by our GEMA members abroad the past pay-outs in this category had only been affected by moderate decreases cause by the pandemic.  Here, it was mainly uses from 2019 that were part of the distribution.

On 1 October, however, two countries are represented in the distribution with usage periods 2020, namely Austria and Switzerland. The use of GEMA repertoire in these countries is traditionally very high. As a consequence, the impact of COVID-19 is also much more visible in the international income categories. Put into numbers, the pay-out amount for Austria declined by approx. 42% and for Switzerland by approx. 33% compared to the previous year.

A list of the countries included in the pay-out on 1 October 2021 can be accessed here.

Rating procedure, assessment procedure for arrangers, pension scheme

Pay-outs for the rating procedure in the entertainment and dance music (for composers, lyricists, publishers), in the rating procedure of composers and lyricists in the serious music (E)-category, in the rating category of the publishers in the serious music (E) category, in the pension scheme and the assessment procedure for arrangers


As of 1 October 2021, we will make pay-outs in various rating procedures including pension schemes and assessment procedure for arrangers to our members amounting to approx. EUR 45m.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is luckily hardly noticeable for the 2020 financial year. Background for this is mainly that the calculation of the rating procedures is based on the income results of the previous year where the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic had not taken effect yet.


In addition to the above, there will be various one-off payments with this year’s pay-out regarding the rating procedures:

  • The distribution from the GEMA share of the ZPÜ backpayments and special payments from YouTube regarding the rating procedure.
  • A compensation supplement following a pay-out correction of the publisher participation.

FAQs - frequently asked questions regarding the pay-outs

It is not possible to provide a generic answer to this question. It depends on the distribution category, the performance context and the level of the licensing fee which the event organisers pay to GEMA. Details regarding the value of uses, e.g. for Spotify, can be accessed here.

It is possible that the account statements are still on their way, they are only available a few days after the pay-out at the start of the new month.

The process is the following:

  1. Detailed breakdowns/statements are available via the GEMA Download.
  2. Money flows.
  3. The account statement will be issued and transferred (by post or the Online Portal)

Are you registered for the Online Portal? Then you can access your account statements there:

  1. Simply go to My financial details in the Online Portal.
  2. You can access this in the area My account statements.

Our VR/A Service department for:

Pay-outs for audio recordings (PHONO), online (MOD, VOD, GOP), or usages of your works outside of Germany (A AR, A VR); e-mail: vra-service@gema.de

Our A/S Service for:

Royalty distributions for TV including third-party productions and product advertising (FS, TFS), cinema and corporate films (T, TD), radio (R), live performances of entertainment music (U) and performances of serious music (E) and stage music (BM) in Germany; E-mail: as-service@gema.de

Do you still have any questions? 

Contact: +49 (0) 30 21245 600

Submitting a claim for an incorrect pay-out is quick and simple:

With regards to claims in the MOD categories, the following applies:  Please submit claims for cases where the pay-out for a work is not included for the indicated usage periods of each of the DSPs as soon as possible (at least within three months after the relevant pay-out date as per § 59 of the GEMA distribution plan). So that the licensing process required for the pay-out can be carried out, the reason that no payment has been made, e.g. the fact that works declarations by members, work registrations or work allocations were missing or faulty has to be remedied swiftly. As a general rule, work declarations submitted before or at the date of the publication of a work which also contain performer and label details (ISRC) positively influence a smooth licensing and pay-out process.

In case that the DSP dashboards show more uses than the GEMA pay-out, please note that these usually show global streaming numbers that are updated daily.  Please therefore check up front whether the affected usage period from the relevant usage countries for the relevant DSP is already included in the specific GEMA pay-out in the online and/or international income categories. Streams which do not generate a minimum of at least one cent, e.g. In the case of Spotify per country, month and service type (free, student, family, duo, premium) are not distributed by us on a per-work level but as a supplement per rightsholder.

Pursuant to § 59 of the GEMA distribution plan, claims must contain specific details facilitating a verification. You ensure that this is the case by providing the requested details in the Online Portal under Claims.

Do you not have access to the Online Portal yet? Register as a music creator here. You will then receive an e-mail with an activation link to set your own password. After that, you complete the activation application which is shown in the Online Portal, and send it through to us. Once your account has been successfully activated, we will inform you. You can then start the Service under GEMA Download and download the detailed breakdowns.

Further information on how to submit claims can be accessed here. 

A total overview of your turnover can be accessed in the Online Portal and the Service My royalties. There, you can also find out where the royalties come from (live, radio, TV/film, digital or international income) and the revenue generated by your ten most successful works.

Detailed breakdowns can be accessed in the free online service GEMA download.

If you cannot access the service yet, get your activation via the GEMA Online Portal.