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GEMA General Assembly 2024

Committee elections to be held at the 2024 General Assembly meeting

Die Mitgliederversammlung 2024 wählt turnusgemäß einen neuen Aufsichtsrat und verschiedene Gremien. Außerdem wählen die Berufsgruppen der außerordentlichen Mitglieder neue Delegierte.
SUBMIT PROPOSALS

Important deadlines

Election of Supervisory Board and committes

You can submit your proposals for candidates and nominations for the following bodies until 19 March 2024:
  • Supervisory Board
  • Complaints Committee
  • Attendance Allowance Committee
  • Rating Committee for the rating procedure in entertainment and dance music
  • Rating Committee for the rating procedure for composers for distribution category E (the members of this Rating Committee are at the same time the members of the Rating Committee for the rating procedure for lyricists for distribution category E)
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Until when?

Until Tuesday, 19 March 2024, 24:00

Proposals for candidates and nominations cannot be submitted directly at the General Assembly meeting.

How?

Using the form entitled “Submission of Nominations for Election to GEMA bodies at the General Assembly meeting” ­

  • and emailing it as a PDF to wahlausschuss@gema.de or ­
  • sending it by post to the GEMA Election Committee, Rosenheimer Strasse 11, D-81667 Munich
When completing the form, please note that candidates must meet the criteria listed below to be eligible to stand for election. If you do not nominate yourself but wish to nominate another person, please obtain their prior consent to being nominated!

Introduction of
candidates for
election

All candidates who meet the criteria to stand for election will be named on the agenda for the General Assembly meeting and introduced by a short written profile on gema.de. It is also possible to provide a short profile video. An instruction on how to make such a video can be found here.

Procedure for election and conditions of office

  • The elections will be held at the meetings of the three professional categories on 15 May 2024 and decided by a majority of votes of the members present or by live online voting. ­
  • All bodies are elected for a term of 3 years.
  • All members of GEMA bodies hold their office in an honorary capacity. Unless otherwise stipulated in the GEMA Statutes, they are only reimbursed for travel expenses and out of pocket expenses associated with their work and are paid a reasonable flat rate attendance fee for meetings. ­
  • Candidates‘ personal attendance at the General Assembly meeting is desired but not required for the validity of the election

Details on the election of the Supervisory Board

15 members in total

  • 6 composers
  • 5 publishers 
  • 4 lyricists

2 alternate members per professional category

Composers and lyricists can be elected as full or alternate members
  • ​​​​​​​if they are citizens of a Member State of the European Union or Member State of the European Economic Area or have their residence for tax purposes in any of those countries
  • and have been full members of GEMA for at least five years.
Publishers are eligible to stand for election
  • ​​​​​​​if they have owned a music publishing organisation run as a sole trader or been the General Partner [persönlich haftender Gesellschafter] of a general partnership [offene Handelsgesellschaft – oHG] or limited partnership [Kommanditgesellschaft – KG], the Managing Director [Geschäftsführer] of a company with limited liability [Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung – GmbH], a member of the Executive Board [Vorstandsmitglied] of a joint-stock company [Aktiengesellschaft – AG] or held a managerial role in a music publishing organisation for at least five years.
  • In addition, a publishing organisation must have its registered office in a Member State of the European Union or Member State of the European Economic Area
  • and have been a full member of GEMA for at least five years.
  • Only one person from a publisher or publishing group may be a member of the Supervisory Board.
Election to the Supervisory Board is not compatible with an office in any other body to be elected or in the Author/Publisher Arbitration Committee. Nevertheless, members can stand as a candidate or be proposed for election to the Supervisory Board and another body. If a member is elected to the Supervisory Board, this will automatically disqualify him or her from standing as a candidate for the other body.

Pursuant to § 37 para. 7 of the GEMA Statutes, any member is ineligible to stand for election to the Supervisory Board if there is cause for concern in terms of a structural conflict of interest. Such a conflict of interest is, as a rule, deemed to exist if the author member or publisher member concerned
  • entered into licensing agreements with GEMA, a company in which GEMA holds an interest or any other CMO on a regular basis, or on a larger scale, in the three years preceding his or her election, or
  • has economic or personal ties with any such licensees, or
  • has economic or personal ties with an organisation that competes with GEMA.
However, the following exception applies to publisher members: One publisher member may be elected to the Supervisory Board and another one may be elected as alternate for that Supervisory Board member, provided that they meet the criteria laid down in § 37 para. 7. Their voting right shall be suspended with respect to the passing of resolutions on the establishment and adjustment of tariffs and the entry into general agreements, and with respect to all other items for resolutions on which a conflict of interest may materialise.

NOTE: To determine whether there is cause for concern in terms of a structural conflict of interest, candidates submit a formal statement to this effect to the Election Committee by Tuesday, 19 March 2024. A template for this statement will be emailed to candidates in sufficient advance.
Full members and delegates of the associate members for their respective professional category. However, delegates cannot themselves stand as candidates.

Details on the election of the other committees

Who must be elected?
  • 1 representative per professional category
  • plus 1 alternate member per professional category
Criteria to stand for election

Required duration of full membership:

  • Representatives of the professional categories: at least 5 years
  • Alternate members: at least 3 years

Candidates may not be members of the Supervisory Board. As far as Supervisory Board members from the professional category of publishers are concerned, this applies for all representatives and other employees of the publisher. Nevertheless, members can stand as a candidate or be proposed for election to the Supervisory Board and the Complaints Committee at the same time. If a member is elected to the Supervisory Board, this will automatically disqualify him or her from standing as a candidate for the Complaints Committee.
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Candidates may not be members of the Author/Publisher Arbitration Committee, or they would have to resign from that Committee to be able to stand as candidate for the Complaints Committee.

Who can submit nominations to the body?
The representatives of the three professional categories are elected by the General Assembly from nominations made by the Supervisory Board.

Full members and delegates of the associate members can submit additional nominations for their respective professional category. However, delegates cannot themselves stand as candidates.
Who must be elected?
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  • Je 1 Vertreter/in pro Berufsgruppe 
  • Zudem je 1 Stellvertreter/in pro Berufsgruppe
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Criteria to stand for election
Required duration of full membership:
  • Representatives of the professional categories: at least 5 years
  • Alternate members: at least 3 years
Candidates may not be members of the Supervisory Board, nor members of any other GEMA committees or commissions. As far as Supervisory Board members from the professional category of publishers are concerned, this applies for all representatives and other employees of the publisher. Nevertheless, members can stand as a candidate or be proposed for election to the Attendance Allowance Committee and another body to be elected at the same time.

Neither may candidates be members of the Author/Publisher Arbitration Committee elected by the Supervisory Board, or they would have to resign from that Committee to be able to stand as candidate for the Attendance Allowance Committee.​​​​​​​
Who can submit nominations to the body?
Full members and delegates of the associate members can submit nominations for their respective professional category. However, delegates cannot themselves stand as candidates.
Who must be elected?
  • 4 composers and 3 alternate members
  • 4 lyricists and 3 alternate members
  • 4 music publishers and 3 alternate members
​​​​​​​Note: By resolution of the 2023 General Assembly meeting on Proposal No. 25, the number of representatives to be elected for each professional category was increased from 3 to 4.
Criteria to stand for election
Required duration of full membership:
  • Representatives of the professional categories: at least 5 years
  • Alternate members: at least 3 years
Candidates may not be members of the Supervisory Board. Nevertheless, members can stand as a candidate or be proposed for election to the Supervisory Board and the Rating Committee at the same time. If a member is elected to the Supervisory Board, this will automatically disqualify him or her from standing as a candidate for the Rating Committee.

Candidates may not be members of the Author/Publisher Arbitration Committee elected by the Supervisory Board, or they would have to resign from that Committee to be able to stand as candidate for the Rating Committee.
Who can submit nominations to the body?
The members of the Rating Committee are elected by the General Assembly from nominations made by the Supervisory Board.

Full members and delegates of the associate members can submit additional nominations for their respective professional category. However, delegates cannot themselves stand as candidates.
Who must be elected?
  • 4 composers and 2 alternate members
Note: By resolution of the 2023 General Assembly meeting on Proposal No. 25, the number of representatives to be elected was increased from 3 to 4.​​
Criteria to stand for election
Required duration of full membership:
  • Representatives of the professional categories: at least 5 years
  • Alternate members: at least 3 years

Candidates may not be members of the Supervisory Board. Nevertheless, members can stand as a candidate or be proposed for election to the Supervisory Board and the Rating Committee at the same time. If a member is elected to the Supervisory Board, this will automatically disqualify him or her from standing as a candidate for the Rating Committee.

Candidates may not be members of the Author/Publisher Arbitration Committee elected by the Supervisory Board, or they would have to resign from that Committee to be able to stand as candidate for the Rating Committee.
Who can submit nominations to the body?
The members of the Rating Committee are elected by the General Assembly from nominations made by the Supervisory Board.

Full members and delegates of the associate members can submit additional nominations for their respective professional category. However, delegates cannot themselves stand as candidates.

Election of delegates

The delegates take part in the GEMA General Assembly as representatives of the extraordinary members. This year, the professional groups will elect up to 64 delegates for the General Assemblies 2025 to 2027.
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Ordinary members

GEMA member since 1981,  
full member since 1990 

Functions within GEMA: 
Member of the Assessment Committee for arrangers from 1992 to 1994 and deputy member between 2004 and 2017; Chairman of the Election Committee in the professional category of composers since 2017  

Main activities: 
Studied musical composition at the Richard-Strauß-Conservatory in Munich (Peter Jona Korn); composition awards in serious and entertainment music. 1989 Bavarian State Award for young artists.  Freelance composer, arranger, conductor and producer in symphonics, film, advertising, songwriting, theatre, choir and church music in cooperation with national and international artists, ensembles and orchestras. 
Secretary in the Board of the Bavarian Media Council. 

Photo: Private

GEMA member since 2011,  
full member since 2017 

Functions within GEMA: 
Delegate in the professional category of lyricists from 2015 to 2016; member of the Admissions Committee in the professional category lyricists since 2021; Chairman of the Election Committee in the professional category of lyricists since 2021  

Main activities:  
I am a versatile songwriter of pop, rock-Schlager (Santiano, Kerstin Ott, Ben Zucker etc.) and Metal (Beyond the Black). I also write books for children and young people as a “sideline” and often travel with a book and a guitar on a musical reading trip. I have always been politically engaged and since the times of the big GEMA bashing around 2012, I have been involved with GEMA and the DTV [German Lyricists’ Alliance]. What’s mainly on my mind at the moment: the framework conditions of our professional sector, as they have been changing for quite some time, and that at a fast and increasing speed. Today’s and future career starters should be given the opportunity to earn a living as a songwriter as soon as their works are used on a large scale. They should be able to enjoy fair conditions as much as possible and have a strong and supportive GEMA. 

Photo credits: Holger Bünte

Furore Verlag Renate Matthei e. Kfr. [reg. trader] 

Publisher has been a member of GEMA since 1/1/1986,  
full member since 1/1/2008 

Functions within GEMA: 
Delegate in the professional category of lyricists from 1995 to 2007; member of the Admissions Committee in the professional category lyricists since 2021; Chairwoman of the Election Committee in the professional category of lyricists since 2021 

Main activities:  
Furore Verlag has been around for nearly 40 years now. It is the only classical music publisher whose offer includes sheet music, books and CDs of and about composers ranging from instruments such as the recorder to operas.   
I have been working for the Furore Verlag since 1993 and look after the following areas as a member of the Executive Management: Rights and licences, promotion of composers, press and public affairs, marketing and distribution. 

Furore Verlag, photo: Candy Welz 

Election of new delegates of the associate members for the 2025–2027 General Assembly meetings

The new delegates and their alternates will be elected at the meeting of the associate members on 14 May 2024. Associate members can submit proposals for candidates and nominations for their respective professional category as follows:
Up to 64 delegates, including
  • ​​​​​​up to 32 composers (at least 12 of which should be successors in title),
  • up to 12 lyricists (at least 4 of which should be successors in title),
  • up to 20 publishers
and up to 5 alternates for each professional category.
Each candidate
  • must attend the meeting personally,
  • must have been a GEMA member for at least two years,
  • and must have earned a total amount of royalties of at least EUR 50.00 in the two calendar years preceding the year of the election.
Members authorised to represent a full publisher member cannot be elected as delegate or alternate at the same time.
In the run-up to the meeting until Friday, 10 May 2024, or directly at the meeting of associate members.
Using the form entitled “Election of Delegates”, or directly at the meeting of associate members.
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All candidates who submit their declaration as candidates by 2 May 2024 and meet the criteria to stand for election may be introduced by a short profile on gema.de.
Delegates and their alternates are elected as early as one year before their first participation in the General Assembly meeting. This means that
  • current delegates can exercise their office one more time at the meetings of the full members on 15 and 16 May 2024
  • and the term of office of the delegates newly elected in 2024 will begin to run only after the end of the 2024 General Assembly meeting. However, the newly elected delegates may attend the meetings of the full members on 15 and 16 May 2024 as guests.

Election of new delegates to the Rating Committees

At the meeting of associate members, there will also one new delegate to the Rating Committee for the rating procedure for composers in distribution category E and three new delegates to the Rating Committee for the rating procedure in entertainment and dance music be elected. These delegates must be distinguished from the delegates for the General Assembly meeting: their job is to attend meetings of the respective Rating Committee in an advisory capacity. Therefore, if a person has been elected delegate to the General Assembly meeting, this does not prevent him or her from being elected delegate to one of the Rating Committees.
  • 1 delegate from the professional category of composers for the Rating Committee for the rating procedure for composers in distribution category E 
  • 1 delegate each from the professional categories of composers, lyricists and publishers for the Rating Committee for the rating procedure in entertainment and dance music
Candidates must have been an associate member of GEMA for at least 5 years.
Until Tuesday, 19 March 2024, 24:00
Proposals for candidates and nominations cannot be submitted directly at the General Assembly meeting.

Please email us your declaration to stand as candidate by 19 March 2024 to wahlausschuss@gema.de. Please make sure your email includes the following information:

  • “Delegiertenwahl für den Wertungsausschuss” [election of delegates for the Rating Committee] in the subject line
  • your full name
  • your GEMA membership number
  • the professional group and Rating Committee you wish to stand as candidate for

When completing the form, please note that candidates must meet the criteria listed above to be eligible to stand for election.

By-election of delegates of the associate members for the 2024 General Assembly meeting

Given that some of the delegates elected at the 2021 General Assembly meeting have ceased to hold this office because they attained full membership (or for similar reasons), a by-election of delegates will be held as part of the meeting of associate members on 14 May 2024.

The delegates elected in the by-election can participate and exercise their voting right in the meetings of the full members on 15 and 16 May.

It is possible to stand as a candidate both for the election of new delegates for the 2025 to 2027 General Assembly meetings and for the by-election of delegates for the 2024 General Assembly meeting.
According to the current status, delegates have to be by-elected in the following professional categories:

Please note that more professional categories may be added to this list until shortly before the General Assembly meeting.
Each candidate
  • must attend the meeting personally,
  • must have been a GEMA member for at least two years,
  • and must have earned a total amount of royalties of at least EUR 50.00 in the two calendar years preceding the year of the election.
Members authorised to represent a full publisher member cannot be elected as delegate or alternate at the same time.
In the run-up to the meeting until Friday, 10 May 2024, or directly at the meeting of associate members.

Using the form entitled “By-election of Delegates”, or directly at the meeting of associate members.

All candidates who submit their declaration as candidates by 2 May 2024 and meet the criteria to stand for election may be introduced by a short profile on gema.de.

Alternate members

GEMA member since 1960,  
full member since 1966 

Functions within GEMA: 
Member of the Supervisory Board 1981-2009, of which Chairman from 1991 to 2009; in that period, member of several committees and commissions of the Supervisory Board; deputy chairman of the Election Committee in the professional category of composers since 2017  

Awards granted by GEMA: 
Richard Strauss-Medaille (1999), Ehrenring (2001), Ehrenmitgliedschaft (2003), Deutscher Musikautor*innenpreis für das Lebenswerk (2023) [Richard Strauss Medal (1999), Honorary Ring (2001), Honorary Membership (2003), German Music Authors' Award for Lifetime achievements (2023)] 

Main activities:  
Songs, pop, music for film and television, music for commercials, jazz, musicals, song cycles, music for children, music producer.   

Photo credits: Karl Kramer Pictureman Munich 

GEMA member since 01/01/1977,  
full member since 1/1/1982 

Functions within GEMA:  
Member of the Election Committee in the professional category of lyricists since 2020 

Main activities:  
Ulla Meinecke has been a permanent fixture in the German music and culture landscape. In her lyrics, she reflects on the mysteries of everyday life and love in an ironic manner. Her velvety voice, her poetic language and, not least, her pensive ironic view on daily matters are the foundation for her reputation as a singer, poet and author. Over the last years, Ulla Meinecke completed several thousand concerts, and held the same number of readings of her three books published so far. She is currently writing her fourth book. Far more than one million of her albums were sold. Ulla Meinecke is the mistress of the fitting words. Her stories are images of the everyday that pursue the particular in an incomparable way. The most important area has always been and is, in her eyes, the stage - with a band, as part of a trio or a duo. As such, she appears in 60 to 80 concerts all over Germany, Austria and Switzerland. She also writes lyrics for colleagues, e.g. Anett Louisan.  

Photo credits: Daniel Biskup 

BMG Rights Management GmbH 

The publisher has been a member of GEMA since 1/1/2008,  
a full member since 1/1/2014 

Functions within GEMA:  
Member of the Election Committee in the professional category publishers since 2021 

Main activities:  
As a member of the legal division of BMG Germany, my main activities involve, in particular, drafting and negotiating of publishing agreements. I also look after the legal aspects of the Production Music (Germany) GmbH.  

Photo credits: Sarah Sharks