GEMA pay-outs as at 1 July 2022
Our distributions dated 01.07.2023
Radio and TV (categories R, R VR; FS, FS VR; T FS, T FS VR)
On 1 July 2023, GEMA will distribute €254.8m to its members and sister organisations in TV and radio categories.
This means that the total distributable amount in the broadcasting sector has risen considerably in comparison to the previous year (up approx. 12%). A higher broadcaster collection and an increase in income from collections for mechanical performance have contributed significantly to this positive result. As always, however, the individual effect this may have on your distribution depends on the respective contexts in which your works were used (e.g. length or broadcasting station).
Distributions for media libraries (the new categories MED and MED VR)
The 2023 General Assembly resolved that two new categories are to be established: MED and MED VR. In the future, these categories will be used to carry out a separate collections distribution that GEMA is putting in place for the online offerings (video and audio productions) provided by broadcasting companies (“media libraries”).
As is standard for the online categories, collections in the new MED categories will, as a matter of principle, be use-based and paid out via direct distribution. Essential to this, however, is the establishment of a separate system for reporting uses in media libraries, which will require substantial adjustments on the part of the broadcasting companies as well as to GEMA’s system landscape.
Therefore, it will not be possible to carry out a use-based media library distribution for the 2022 financial year. Instead, collections will be distributed as a supplement to the overall distribution in categories FS and FS VR, probably in the second half of 2023.
Categories FS and FS VR cover the conventional broadcast of in-house and commissioned TV productions and therefore include the repertoire typically used in media libraries. GEMA is working at top speed towards being able to carry out the first use-based distribution in the MED categories.
Audio and audio-visual media (categories Phono VR, BT VR)
The distribution for the audio and audio-visual media categories (Phono VR, BT VR) continues to follow the market trend and has declined in comparison to the previous year. On the other hand, the vinyl sector continues to be extremely popular.
Since last year, in the physical audio media licensing sector, GEMA has in some cases been unable to draw up licence invoices due to an essential system changeover. Any payments that are still outstanding will be made in the upcoming distributions.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can learn more about our audio and audio-visual media distribution category here.
Music playback (category M) – special provision providing for two distributions
In the distributions dated 1 June 2023, we indicated that the special provision concerning distributions in category M, passed by the General Assembly in response to the coronavirus restrictions, would be applied for the 2022 financial year as well. Therefore, as in the previous two years, the distribution of collections in this sector takes place in two stages, on 1 June and 1 July 2023.
International uses (categories A, A VR)
In the international categories A and A VR (reproduction rights), we distribute income collected by our sister organisations in respect of uses of the GEMA repertoire in their respective countries.
From 1 July 2023 GEMA will also distribute using a new IT system
Information about our last payouts
FAQs - frequently asked questions regarding the distribution
It is possible that the account statements are still on their way, they are only available a few days after the payout at the start of the new month. The process is as follows:
Detailed breakdowns/statements are available via the GEMA Download.
The account statement will be issued and transferred (by post or the Online Portal)
Are you registered for the Online Portal? Then you can access your account statements there:
Simply go to My financial details in the Online Portal.
You can access this in the area My account statements.
You can submit a claim for an incorrect distribution quickly and easily using the following options:
- You log into the Online Portal and use the Service Claims.
- For missing live events, use the service My setlists in the Online Portal where you can submit your setlists in the form of a complaint/claim.
Please note: Before submitting any claims, please check whether a distribution has already been made for the period and category. You can access an overview of the deadlines and categories here: Please only claim uses, which are not included in your detailed statements (on the Online Portal > GEMA Download) or need to be claimed for other reasons. Pursuant to § 59 of the GEMA distribution plan, claims must contain specific details which permit a verification. You ensure that this is the case by providing the requested details in the Online Portal under Claims. You can access all the details regarding claims here.
You do not have access to the Online Portal yet? Register as a music creator here. Then, you will receive an e-mail with an activation link to set your own password. After that, you complete the activation application which is shown in the Online Portal, and send it through to us. Once your account has been successfully activated, we will inform you. You can then start the service under GEMA Download and download the detailed breakdowns.
It is possible that the account statements are still on their way, they are only available a few days after the pay-out at the start of the new month. The process is as follows:
- Detailed breakdowns/statements are available via the GEMA Download.
- Money flows.
- The account statement will be issued and transferred (by post or the Online Portal)
Are you registered for the Onlineportal? Then you can access your account statements there:
- Simply go to My financial details in the Online Portal
- You can access this in the area My account statements.
FAQs - frequently asked questions regarding the payouts
The COVID-19 financial aids will be offset as follows, but no earlier than: GEMA Schutzschirm 2020 from 1 June 2023; GEMA Schutzschirm 2021 from 1 June 2024.