Payments as of 01 July 2021

Broadcasting categories, cinema, mechanical rights categories, supplement in the M category (“M Corona”), KMOD, distributions from abroad, 2021 “Schutzschirm” (protective shield)

Informationen regarding payments as of 01 July 2021

Pay-out in the TV and radio categories (FS, FS VR, TFS, TFS VR, R, R VR) on 1 July 2021

As of 1 July 2021, GEMA will pay out about €200m to its members and sister organisations in the TV and radio categories.

Like other categories, the COVID-19 pandemic did not leave the broadcasting categories unscathed either. Private broadcasters felt the missing advertising revenues in particular in their income which in turn had a significant impact on the pay-out amounts. The same applies to collections from communication to the public which partially flow into the pay-out amounts for the broadcasting categories. In total, there was a decrease of 19% in the broadcasting category compared to the previous year. Depending on which broadcasters transmitted your works, the difference in how the impact is felt individually varies greatly.

For the second time, this distribution includes work usages reported by the public service broadcasters on the basis of monitoring technology. On the page Pay-outs/Distribution of domestic income we have collated current infos on the digital reporting procedure and all other relevant topics regarding the distribution of broadcasting rights.

Further information

Pay-out in the cinema category T as of 1 July 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cinemas had to remain closed for a large part of 2020. As a consequence, the revenues in this sector declined by about 53% compared to the previous year.

Pay-out in the mechanical rights categories (Phono VR, BT VR) as of 1 July 2021

Since the use of music is shifting more and more towards the online sector, the market of physical media has been decreasing for years now. Due to the temporary shop closures resulting from the pandemic, this general downward development has been exacerbated during the 2020 financial year; both effects are reflected by a drop in the pay-out amount of about 11%. What is remarkable, however, is the sustainable trend of the vinyl record with a continued increase in sales.

Supplementary pay-out as of 1 July in the M category – special regulations because of COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous live events had to be cancelled in 2020, with immediate effects on the distribution in the M category. As a consequence, the General Assembly decided in 2020 that the distribution in the M category for the 2020 financial year should be adapted.

After the usual M distribution took place as of 1 June 2021 on the basis of the (rather few) live performances of the year 2020 and of a point value created from average values, another pillar of the two-step distribution process is now paid out by way of the supplementary distribution as of 1 July. 

Pay-out in the KMOD and KMOD VR categories

A few weeks ago, the 2021 General Assembly ratified the dissolution of the KMOD and KMOD VR categories. Said categories exclusively comprised GEMA income ringtone melodies for distribution purposes. Since the downloads of works as ringtones are now only playing an economically subordinate role, it would no longer be proportionate to maintain a separate distribution category. Nevertheless, there will still be a distribution for ringtones which, just like all other matters related to music downloads, will be made in the MOD D and MOD D VR categories.

The distribution in the KMOD and KMOD VR categories will therefore take place for the last time as of 1 July 2021.

Pay-out for usages abroad as of 1 July 2021

Work usages by GEMA members abroad are paid out subject to a time delay via the sister organisations. As such, a large part of royalties included in the pay-out on 1 July 2021 still relates to usages from 2019. Any declines in royalties are therefore relatively moderate in the international income categories. It can, however, be expected that the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic will also be felt in the international distributions over the next few years.


Which countries and periods are paid out on 1 July 2021 can be viewed here.

GEMA Schutzschirm (protective shield) 2021

The pandemic is affecting many of our members very hard. Many of them already witnessed their pay-outs as of 1 June 2021 suffering a major drop compared to the previous year. Declines will also continue to rule the pay-outs as of 1 July 2021. Supervisory Board and Managing Committee have therefore decided to deploy a financial Schutzschirm (Protective Shield) again this year from mid-July onwards which provides lump sum advance payments. In a more comprehensive manner than in the case of the aid programme in 2020, this protective shield scheme will comprise additional categories such as music playback in addition to live sectors. Moreover, apart from creators, publishers will now also be entitled to cushion their income deficits by means of advance payments.


Creators will be shown the option to submit an unbureaucratic application in the GEMA Online Portal if they fulfil the requirements for advance payments. Publishers who have an entitlement to an advance will be contacted proactively by us.


More on the Schutzschirm


Pay-out in two steps

Step 1:

As of 1 June 2021, the usual M distribution will take place on the basis of the (relatively few) live events of the year 2020. Deviating from previous processes, no new point value will be calculated in the segments 1 to 8. Instead, the average point value of the M category of the last three financial years (2017 to 2019) will be used as a basis. The 20 percent M supplement in the segments 9 to 12 (from collections of €500) remains unchanged.

Step 2:

As of 1 July 2021, the remaining amount of the distributable amount in the M category for the 2020 financial year will be paid out as a percentage-based supplement to your pay-outs in the M category for the 2018 and 2019 financial years (“M supplement Corona”). You will find the specific pay-out amount in your account statement which you will receive as of 1 July 2021.

From 1 July onwards, more information can be accessed in the info sheet on our page Domestic Royalty Distribution

The General Assembly will decide on a corresponding regulation for the current financial year, 2021 (motion 30 of the AGM agenda More on this in the video.