GEMA pays out about €50m to its members and sister organisations as of 1 June 2021. Due to a widespread cancellation of events and the business closures lasting for months in the gastronomy and retail, the corona pandemic led to massive losses in licensing income of GEMA during the 2020 financial year.
The distribution volume has, correspondingly, decreased dramatically in these revenue sectors, an extremely painful experience for many GEMA members. Overall, the distribution in the categories U, UD, M, E, ED, EM, BM, KI, DK, and DK VR will only amount to 42% of the distributable amount of the previous year. The effects will be different in the individual categories and will be individual, but definitely different for the relevant rightsholders.