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Distribution dates, periods, deadlines 

GEMA distributes your income at clearly defined dates spread out across the year, depending on the respective category. We can only make payments to you if you have registered your work with us in good time. Please see our overview for deadlines for registering or changing works. Are you a new member? If so, you will receive your first distribution next year. ​​​​​​​

Live and reproduction 

Annual distribution dates: 
In the live and reproduction distribution categories, we pay out the previous year's revenues. Distributions are divided up by category as follows: 

​​​​​​By 1 June: main distribution in the categories U, UD, M, E, ED, EM, BM, KI, DK and DK VR 
By 1 November: late adjustment distributions in the categories BM, E, ED, EM, M, U, UD (including payments occasioned by claims pursuant to § 59 para. 1 and 2 of the distribution plan)

Registration periods for new works and changes to existing works: 
For new works, and changes to existing works, that are used between 1 January and 31 December of a year, the period runs to 31 January of the following year. 

Periods for the submission of usage reports relating to live events:  
Did you put on live performances in and outside Germany? If so, please remember to submit your usage reports in our Online Portal under My setlists by 31 March. ​​​​​​​

Claim periods: 
In respect of the main distribution, you can claim for up to nine months (up to 1 March of the following year). As regards other distributions in this category, you have up to three months to claim. The categories KI and DK/DK VR are exceptions to the above: no claims are possible concerning these. To learn more, please visit our claims page. ​​​​​​​

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Radio, TV and Film

Annual distribution dates: 
In the radio, TV and film distribution categories, we pay out the previous year’s revenue by 1 July. ​​​​​​​

Registration periods for new works and changes to existing works: 
​​Work registrations or changes to existing works must reach us by 31 January of the following year at the latest. Otherwise, we will not be able to include these in our distributions. 

Claim periods: 
You have 18 months to claim following the main distribution. To learn how this works and what you need to know in order to proceed, please visit our ​​​​​​​claims ​​​​​​.

Audio and audio-visual media

Annual distribution dates: 
In the audio and audio-visual media distribution categories, we pay out the previous year’s revenues. The main distributions for Phono VR and BT VR take place on 1 January and 1 July each year. Supplementary distributions for Phono VR take place on 1 April and 1 October. ​​​​​​​

Registration periods for new works and changes to existing works: 
For new works, and changes to existing works, that were reproduced between 1 January and 30 June, the period runs to 31 July. For reproductions between 1 July and 31 December, the last possible day for notification in order to be included in the next distribution is 31 January of the following year. ​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Claim periods: 
You have three months to make a claim following each respective distribution date. To learn how this works and what you need to know in order to proceed, see our claims page.

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Online

Annual distribution dates: 
In the online (mixed online platforms, music on demand, video on demand) categories, we make distributions twice annually, on 1 April and 1 October. In addition, a supplementary distribution in the mixed online platforms categories is generally made on 1 December of any given year, along with a supplementary distribution of income generated by the assignment of the synchronisation right for non-commercial user-generated content on 1 February of the year in question. In the WEB and WEB VR categories, payment is made annually on 1 April. ​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Registration periods for new works and changes to existing works: 
​​​​​The established deadline is one month following the end of the month in which the usage took place.

​​​​​​​Claim periods: 
​​​​​​​You have three months to make a claim following each respective distribution date. To learn how this works and what you need to know in order to proceed, see our claims page.

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Online

Ausschüttungstermine pro Jahr:
In den Verteilungssparten Online (Music on Demand, Video on Demand, Gemischte Online Plattformen) schütten wir zweimal im Jahr aus, zum 01.04. und zum 01.10. Zudem erfolgt eine Zuschlagsverteilung in den Sparten der Gemischten Online Plattformen in der Regel zum 01.12. eines Jahres. In den Sparten WEB und WEB VR erfolgt die Auszahlung einmal im Jahr zum 01.04.

​Anmeldefristen für neue Werke und Werkänderungen:
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Reklamationsfristen:
​​​​​​​Nach dem jeweiligen Ausschüttungstermin haben Sie drei Monate Zeit für die Reklamation. Wie das geht und was Sie dafür wissen müssen, erfahren Sie unter Reklamation.

International 

Annual distribution dates: 
In the international distribution categories, we make distributions quarterly on 1 January, 1 April, 1 July and 1 October. Distribution cycles vary from one country to another. To find out about these, please see the list of countries.

Registration periods for new works and changes to existing works: 
Please register your works no later than the time of release. We recommend doing so directly via our Online Portal under Work registration

Claim periods: 
You can claim for up to 18 months following the respective distribution date. To learn how this works and what you need to know in order to proceed, see our claims page. ​​​​​​​

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