Pay-outs/Distribution of domestic income

Information regarding distribution performing rights

In order to cushion the economic impact of the corona pandemic for the members affected and to reduce the surplus resp. carryover of old usages, a one-off pay-out of the categories of performing rights and mechanical performance will be made for the 2019 financial year in two main distribution dates. Exceptionally, events that took place in the previous year but were not licensed before 2020 shall also be taken into account in the two pay-outs.

Pay-out dates for the financial year 2019:

  • 01/06/2020: First main distribution in the categories U, UD, M, E, ED, EM, BM, KI, DK and DK VR
  • 01/11/2020: Second main distribution in the categories U, UD, M, E, ED, EM, BM. This date replaces the usual supplementary distribution date in November.

Claims deadlines

Due to the introduction of a second distribution date on 01/11/2020, you can submit claims for events in the year 2019 as follows:

  • Categories U, UD, M: until 01/02/2021
  • Categories E, ED, EM, BM: until 01/11/2021

Please do not submit any potential claims before 01/11/2020 since it will only be then that the full year result for the 2019 financial year will be available. GEMA is not going to initiate the final processing of the claims before that date. You will find the form for claims and any further details below under Claims.

Info about recent settlement in categories U, M
Information about distribution in categories E, ED, EM and BM 2019
Information disco monitoring

Information regarding distribution broadcasting rights

The distribution in the categories of the broadcasting right for financial year 2019 on 01.07.2020 includes for the first time work usages that the public broadcasters ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandfunk have reported to GEMA with the support of monitoring technology. The change in the reporting process is a major step in the cooperation between the public broadcasters and GEMA. For financial year 2019, we have achieved very good and high-volume distributions in both areas, television and radio, on the basis of stable reporting rates.

As already informed, we are working continuously and intensively with the public broadcasters to further optimise the reporting process. If, for individual cases, reports are missing in the distribution on 01.07.2020, we will promptly work out solutions with the public broadcasters and settle the corresponding distribution deficits after the distribution date.

There is enormous development potential in the new technological framework. In addition to an improved quality of reporting, it is also becoming possible to optimise processes in other areas, such as claims management.

Update 29.06.2020

What changes for the submission of a claim?

It is essential for successful claim processing that you upload sound files for the music uses you are complaining about, both for your own and commissioned productions on television and radio. In addition, by uploading sound files you ensure that your works are recognized by the monitoring process and that they are included in future usage reports from the broadcasters. The upload is an important basis for participation in subsequent distributions.

Therefore, If not already done, please upload the sound file for each work being claimed to us. The best way to do this is by uploading the sound file in our online portal on:, please fill in the updated claims form, as before. The form and further information regarding the claims process can be found here.

Of course, in individual cases you can also submit claims for the distribution as of 01.07.2020 without sound file upload and with the previous concrete details, e.g. if no sound file is (any longer) available for you. GEMA will forward this information to the broadcasters for processing.

We have compiled our answers to frequently asked questions about the new monitoring process for you here.
Do you need assistance with uploading your sound files? For help please contact us by e-mail: or by telephone: 030 58 99 99 58.


For claims regarding unpaid domestic performance and broadcasting royalties the below-mentioned standard forms should be used and sent to the e-mail address

Prior to submitting a claim, please check on „payment dates“ and in your statements resp. usage breakdowns on "GEMA Download" if royalties have been paid out already. General information about how to claim and how far back can be found here.

Claim domestic music usage - Live Performance         Excel
Claim domestic music usage - Radio                                Excel
Claim domestic music usage - Television                        Excel
Claim domestic music usage - Advertising                     Excel

Please direct your application for a distribution in the broadcasting rights category (radio or TV) for stations below the threshold for a programme analysis-based distribution to the relevant department, Broadcasting Rights Distribution ( Please consider the regulations according to § 94 of GEMA’s distribution plan.

Applications for hardship rules for mechanical playbacks should be directed to the responsible department Distribution Perfoming Rights ( Please take into account the regulations according to § 130 of GEMA’s distribution plan.

Contact us

You can reach us between Monday and Thursday from 9.00 to 17.00
and on Fridays from 9.00 to 16.00.

Distribution of performances and broadcasts in Germany
Do you have any questions on your distributions for TV, including third party productions and product advertisements (FS, TFS), cinema and commercial films (T, TD), radio (R), entertainment category performances (live music) including mechanical playbacks (U) as well as serious music performances (E) and stage music (BM) in Germany?

A/S Service
GEMA Generaldirektion
Bayreuther Str. 37
D-10787 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0) 30 21245 600
Fax: +49 (0) 30 21245 843

Distribution for audio/audiovisual recordings, music-on-demand, ringtone melodies, websites or usages abroad
If you have questions in relation to your distributions for audio/audiovisual recordings (PHONO + BT), online (MOD, KMOD, VOD, WEB) in Germany or usages of your works outside of Germany (A AR, A VR)?

VR/A Service
GEMA Generaldirektion
Rosenheimer Str. 11
D-81667 München
Phone: +49 (0) 30 21245 600
Fax: +49 (0) 89 48003 392