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

Royalty distribution on
1 July 2022 

Everything you need to know at a glance

Radio and Television (categories FS, FS VR; T FS, T FS VR; R, R VR)

On 1 July 2022, GEMA will distribute over EUR 228m in royalty revenue to its members and sister organisations in the television and radio distribution categories.

Compared to last year, royalty income from broadcasting has increased significantly. The same holds true for royalty income from what is known
as “communication to the public” (e.g. music played back at shops or restaurants), which has also increased again and part of which is incorporated into the distribution sums for the broadcasting right distribution categories. The total increase the broadcasting categories
have seen since last year is approx. 9 %. However, the degree to which this
is reflected in your specific distribution payment depends on the particular contexts in which your works are used (e.g. on the length of their use or the radio station or TV channel broadcasting them).

It has now been three years that GEMA has made this distribution for music use by public service broadcasters on the basis of reports created by radio stations and TV channels using monitoring technology.

Up to date information about the digital reporting procedure and about all other relevant issues around the distribution for broadcasting rights can be found on the Royalty distribution of domestic income page of our website.

Cinema (category T)

Royalty income in this category has increased compared to last year, resulting in an increase of the distribution sum by 21%. However, as is generally known, cinemas had to remain closed for most of 2021 and,
as a consequence, the level of the distribution sum is still strongly
affected by the effects of the pandemic in comparison to previous years.

Audio and Audio-Visual Media
(categories Phono VR, BT VR)

The distribution sum in the audio and audio-visual media categories
(Phono VR, BT VR) has decreased over last year. However, vinyl continues to enjoy great popularity, resulting in another significant increase this year.

Since the beginning of this year, GEMA has been in some cases unable to issue invoices for licences in physical audio media due to a necessary change in its system. Therefore, the distributions for those media are not included in the current distribution in categories Phono VR and BT VR but are expected to be included in the distribution sum as at 1 January 2023 (which will be distributed before the end of the year).

If you have any questions about this, please contact us at mitgliederservice@gema.de.

Playback / Communication to the public (category M) - special regulations including two distributions, on 1 June and 1 July 2022

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many live events had to be cancelled in 2021, which has an effect on the distribution in the M category, just like in the year before. As a consequence, the General Assembly decided last year that the distribution in the M category should be adapted for the 2021 financial year:

Distribution in two steps:
Stage 1

As of 1 June 2022, the usual M distribution will take place on the basis of the (relatively few) live performances in 2021. Deviating from previous processes, no new point value will be calculated in the segment sectors 1 to 8. Instead, the average point value of the M category of the last three financial years (2017 to 2019, before the pandemic started) will be used as a basis. The 20 % supplement for the M category in the segment sectors 9 to 12 (from collections of
€ 500.01 and more) remains unchanged.

Stage 2

As of 1 July 2022, the remaining balance of the distributable amount in the M category for the 2021 financial year will be distributed as a percentage-based supplement in the M category for the 2018 to 2020 financial years (“M-Zuschlag Corona” / “Corona M supplement”). You will find the specific amount of payment in your account statement, which you will receive as of 1 July 2022.

Further information

Fortunately, concert operations are currently running largely without restrictions. Netherthless the General Assembly adopted the respective roll-over of this regulation for the 2022 financial year a few days ago. (Agenda MGV 2022 - Request 22, p. 50-52). 

International Music Use
(categories A, A VR) 

In the International Music Use categories A and A VR (International Mechanical Right), we distribute the royalties generated by our sister organisations for use of the GEMA repertoire in their respective countries. Royalties for the use of GEMA members’ works in foreign countries are distributed with a certain time lag. That’s why the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the use of music in 2020 and 2021 are noticeable in this distribution sum.

Click here to find out which countries and periods will be distributed on 01.07.2022.

FAQs - frequently asked questions regarding the distribution

You can access an overview of your turnover in the Onlineportal in the service My royalties. There, you can also find where the royalties come from (live, radio, TV/film, digital or international income) and the revenue generated by your ten most successful works. More on this in the video.

Detailed statements (individual statements and usage statements) can be accessed in the free online service GEMA download.

  • Individual statements = how high is the pay-out amount per work
  • Usage statements = when and where were my works used

If you cannot access the service yet, get your activation via the GEMA Onlineportal. You can also request details on the distribution via e-mail: mitgliederservice@gema.de. Please note: They are subject to a service fee.

 

 

You can submit a claim for an incorrect distribution quickly and easily using the following options:

  • You log in to the Onlineportal and use the Service Claims.
  • For missing live events, use the service My setlists in the Onlineportal where you can submit your setlists in the form of a complaint/claim.

Please note: Before submitting any claims, please check whether a distribution has already been made for the period and category. You can access an overview of the deadlines and categories here: Please only claim uses, which are not included in your detailed statements (on the Onlineportal > GEMA Download) or need to be claimed for other reasons. 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 Onlineportal under Claims. You can access all the details regarding claims here.

You do not have access to the Onlineportal yet? Register as a music creator here. Then, you will 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 Onlineportal, 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.

If you have any questions about our claim procedure, please contact our Member Services Department by email at mitgliederservice@gema.de.

For further information about how to make a claim, please click 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 as follows:

  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 Onlineportal)

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

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

The COVID-19 financial aids will be offset as follows, but no earlier than: GEMA Schutzschirm 2020 from 1 June 2023; GEMA Schutzschirm 2021 from 1 June 2024.