Our distributions
as of 1 April 2022 

All important information on: Music streaming & download, video streaming & download, mixed online platforms (usage reports), web, sound recordings (carriers) mechanical rights, usages abroad and supplementary distribution for statutory remuneration rights (GVA)

Information regarding payments as of 1 June 2021
Information regarding payments as of 1 July 2021
Information regarding payments as of 1 October and 1 November 2021
Information regarding payments as of 1 January 2022

Our online categories

As of 1 April 2022, you will receive royalty distributions for uses of your works in our online categories music (streaming & download), video (streaming & download), mixed online platforms and web (including background music on websites).

With a view to 2021, we noticed that the digital share in the music industry continues to rise considerably. Our online categories show a whopping plus of 33% compared to the previous year.

Information on which streaming and download platforms are included in the distribution as of 1 April 2022 and with which usage periods can be found here.

Music streaming (MOD S & MOD S VR) & download (MOD D & MOD D VR) 

The boom of audio streaming via Spotify, Apple Music etc. continues. Last year alone, about 165 billion music streams have been registered in Germany, a plus of about 26 billion tracks compared to the previous year.

Our music on demand categories include pan-European uses. Uses outside of the pan-European region are licensed by our sister organisations and paid via the international income categories A and A VR to our members. The distributable amount in the streaming sector is increasing significantly. Numbers in the download sector, however, are declining.

If you wish to find out more about the distribution in our online categories music (streaming & download), it’s worth taking a look at our new page on the MOD distribution

Video streaming (VOD S & VOD S VR) & download (VOD D & VOD D VR)

The video on demand categories exclusively contain uses from within Germany. Uses outside of Germany are licensed by our sister organisations and paid via the international income categories A and A VR to our members. In the streaming sector, revenue from Disney+ was paid out for the first time regarding the usage period 2020 and the 1st semester 2021.

Mixed online platforms (GOP & GOP VR) 

If your music is played on social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook or TikTok, you will receive distributions in the mixed online platforms’ categories. YouTube was one of the most popular social networks in Germany, closely followed by Facebook. TikTok is also growing significantly.

After the supplementary distribution as of 1 January 2022, we pay out the revenues from YouTube as usual based on usage reports at the next two payment dates – in April and in October. With the distribution as of 1 April, we will also pay out revenues from the subscription models YouTube Premium and YouTube Music from 2019 for the first time.

Detailed information on the mixed online platforms’ categories can be found at our GOP distribution page.

Our category sound recordings (carriers)

Good news: In 2021, vinyl continues to be in demand like it has not been in a long time. According to the latest figures of the German market research institute GfK and the German Music Industry Association (BVMI), vinyl sales rose by about 18% last year. At an annual turnover of physical sound carriers totalling €460m, the vinyl share amounted to about €118m.

On 1 April, there is a backlog distribution in the category sound recordings (carriers) mechanical rights (Phono VR) of about €1.9m. The main distribution for the 1st semester 2021 has already been paid out on 1 January 2022 and stood at €11.8m.

Our foreign distributions

In the international income categories A and A VR (mechanical rights), we distribute revenues from our sister organisations for uses of the GEMA repertoire in their respective territories. The significant impact of the COVID-19 situation can also be noticed here. Revenues received from our neighbouring country Austria were subject to considerable losses compared to the previous year, with a decline of about a third. While the distribution amount in 2021 was about €3m, in this distribution it is only around €2m.

Information on which countries and periods are distributed as of 1 April 2022 can be seen in the Q1 2022 distribution of international income.


Our supplementary distribution for statutory remuneration rights (GVA)

As of 1 April 2022, you are going to receive a payment for statutory remuneration rights (GVA). These include remuneration rights arising from private copying (e.g. if you burn a CD or copy music onto a USB stick), library rentals and lending, and the use of music for teaching, science and in other institutions. Revenues from the statutory remuneration rights are distributed as a supplement. This means that a further share is added to distributions in certain categories that have already taken place.

More on this can be found in the supplementary information on the distribution


FAQ – frequently asked questions about our distributions

In the account statements you find the distributions of the statutory remuneration as gross amounts. The cost deductions for each item are listed explicitly and separately, as only these have been subject to VAT last year. This may give you the option to deduct input tax (Vorsteuerabzug). More Information you can find on our landing page – Our distributions as of 1 April 2022 under Our supplementary distribution for statutory remuneration rights (GVA).

A total overview of your turnover can be accessed in the Online Portal and the Service My royalties. There, you can also find out how your royalties are composed (live, radio, TV/film, digital or international income) and the revenues generated by your 10 most successful works.

You can access detailed statements in the free online service GEMA Download.

If you cannot access the service yet, apply for an activation in the GEMA Online Portal.

You can submit a claim for an incorrect distribution, quickly and easily:

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

You do not have access to the Online Portal yet? 

It’s quite simple to register. After registration, you will then receive an e-mail with an activation link to set your password. After that, fill out the activation application that is displayed in the Online Portal and submit it to us. Once your account has been successfully activated, we will inform you. Then you can start the service under GEMA Download and download the detailed breakdowns.

You can find further information about this here: Claims

The service department VR/A Service is happy to assist you if you have queries regarding your payouts for all online categories (MOD, VOD, GOP, WEB), sound recordings (carriers) (PHONO VR) or uses of your works abroad (A & A VR).

Their contact details are as follows:

+49 (0) 30 21245 600 (Mon-Thu: 9am to 5pm, Fri 9am to 4pm)


email: mitgliederservice@gema.de


It is possible that your account statements are still en route to you. They are available to you only a few days after the payout at the beginning of the new month.

The process is as follows:

  1. Detailed breakdowns/statements are available in the GEMA Download.
  2. At the same time, we transfer your royalties to you.
  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.