Gema warns of ‘even more difficult’ 2021 for many musicians
Germany collecting society Gema held its annual general meeting last week – online, of course, with around 1,000 of its songwriter, composer and publisher members taking part. The event included some blunt words from...
October 5, 2020
GEMA’s 2019 revenue growth of 4.9% is a ‘crisis airbag’
German collecting society GEMA has published its numbers for 2019, reporting revenues of just under €1.07bn ($1.18bn), which was 4.9% more than 2018. Of that total, €905.6m was distributed to members and rightsholders,...
May 28, 2020
Today’s positive coronavirus-related music industry news (24 March)
Music Ally is trying to write a story every working day, rounding up the good, practical things happening in and around our industry: focusing on relief efforts and other initiatives from the music industry and music / tech...
March 24, 2020
Collecting society GEMA buys stake in distributor Zebralution
Who said major labels were the only established music entities buying into the digital distribution market? German collecting society GEMA is joining the fun. It has taken a majority stake in Berlin-based distributor Zebralution,...
December 4, 2019
TikTok issues statement on its UK Copyright Tribunal music-licensing referral
Yesterday, Music Ally broke the news that social app TikTok has referred three collecting societies – PRS for Music, STIM and GEMA – and their joint-venture licensing hub ICE to the UK's Copyright Tribunal, in a dispute...
July 24, 2019
TikTok takes on collecting societies at UK Copyright Tribunal
Social app TikTok is set for a battle with three European collecting societies and their joint venture, via the medium of the UK’s Copyright Tribunal. That’s the body that resolves copyright-related commercial-licensing...
July 23, 2019
German PRO Gema paid out €859.5m to its members in 2018
Germany’s collecting society Gema has reported its latest financials, revealing that it generated revenues of €1.02bn in 2018 (around $1.15bn) while paying out €859.5m to its 74,000 members that year. The revenues were...
April 17, 2019
GEMA survey claims 87% of Europeans support copyright protection
As we move towards the pivotal vote on European copyright reform, the lobbying is intensifying. German collecting society GEMA published the results of a survey that it commissioned on European citizens’ attitudes towards...
September 10, 2018
Ice says it has paid out €340m as it signs latest deal
Ice is the pan-European licensing hub set up by collecting societies PRS for Music, Stim and Gema, which claims a database of more than 32m songs, and representation for more than 290,000 rightsholders. The body announced...
May 24, 2018
German PRO GEMA reports 5% growth in revenues for 2017
German collecting society GEMA announced its latest financials yesterday, with its revenues growing by 5% to €1.07bn in 2017. The PRO also hailed the latest lowering in its costs – now down to 15% – despite continued...
April 11, 2018
MelodyVR signs European collecting-society deals
British virtual-reality startup MelodyVR has announced its latest set of deals this morning: with various European collecting societies. The agreements, covering use of songwriter copyrights in MelodyVR’s upcoming service,...
August 10, 2017