We are one of the biggest collective management organisations for neighbouring rights in Europe. Please read on to find out more about our activity as representatives of our rights holders.
If you are a performer and have signed a GVL agreement for the assignment and administration of rights, you have the possibility to apply for individual grants. These include cultural and social grants as well as grants for senior beneficiaries.
Contract holders for the purposes of these guidelines are all rights holders who have actually assigned their remuneration entitlements and rights to GVL on the basis of their rights administration agreement or via a representation agreement if a deduction on grants has been agreed upon with other collective management organisations or music licensing companies (CMO/MLC). The allocation of grants requires that the contract holders have assigned their rights to GVL for Germany without restriction.
A person is eligible to receive grants if they do not simultaneously receive grants for the application purpose directly or indirectly via another CMO or MLC. This shall apply for the entire duration of receipt of the grant. Applicants must prove this by providing a current confirmation (no specific form required) by the other CMO/MLC.
Our grants department decides on your applications for cultural and social grants - you can find their contact details in the infobox!
Only rights holders of GVL can apply for cultural grants. By way of example, you can apply for financial support for further professional education, participation in artistic competitions or an artistic education for your children. For further information on our grants guidelines and application forms, please click on grants guidelines.
It is possible for GVL rights holders to apply for partial equalisation of loss of income via the social grants scheme during phases where they are not able to work; they can also apply for financial support towards sick pay. We can even help people in cases of emergency through no fault of their own. For further information on our grants guidelines and application forms, please click on grants guidelines.
Our scheme “grants for senior beneficiaries” replaces the previous loyalty benefits due to the change from the income-based distribution to a usage-based distribution taking away the basis for said loyalty benefits. Up to and including 2015, GVL grants transition payments to those members who had previously received loyalty benefits. In order to participate in the loyalty benefits scheme you have to apply for it each year.
Members who have had their 65th birthday may apply for financial support subject to the following conditions:
1. GVL loyalty
The rights holder must have been a member of GVL for at least 20 years and have participated in at least 18 distributions or already have participated in the loyalty benefits scheme in the past. If you receive monies as part of our distribution 2010, it counts as if you had provided us with evidence for claimable income in the sense of the previous income-based distribution system run by GVL.
2. Amount of the grant
With respect to applications up to and including the 2018 reference year, the following gross income limits apply:
a) If the annual gross income of the rights holder does not exceed an amount of EUR 18,000 the annual payment shall amount to EUR 1,000.
b) If the annual gross income of the rights holder does not exceed an amount of EUR 12,000 the annual payment shall amount to EUR 1,500.
With respect to applications from 2019 onwards, the following gross income limits apply:
a) If the annual gross income of the rights holder does not exceed an amount of EUR 22.200 the annual payment shall amount to EUR 1,000.
b) If the annual gross income of the rights holder does not exceed an amount of EUR 14.800 the annual payment shall amount to EUR 1,500.
For applications from 2021 the following gross income thresholds shall apply:
a) If the annual gross income of the rights rights holders does not exceed an amount of EUR 23,800, the annual payment shall amount to EUR 1,000.
b) If the annual gross income of the rights rights holders does not exceed an amount of EUR 15,850, the annual payment shall amount to EUR 1,500.
3. Application procedure
The rights holder fulfilling such prerequisites shall send in a written informal application to be considered under this regulation and provide information on their gross income by sending in supporting evidence for it.
Further information on the individual provisions of the grants guidelines can be provided by the grants department upon request.