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.
With the version dated 19 December 2016, GVL has adapted its Articles of Association to the new legal requirements of the Verwertungsgesellschaftengesetz (Collecting Societies Act, VGG). You can see all changes to our internal committee structure at a glance here.
The Associates’ and Delegates’ Assembly is one of the most important governing bodies of GVL. It acts as a vehicle for 22 delegates, who represent all entitled artists and producers of GVL together with representatives of the associates. The delegates are directly elected from the right holders via a free ballot as part of the Rights’ Holders’ Assembly, which takes place at least every four years. The Deutsche Orchestervereinigung e.V. (German Orchestra Association, short: DOV), Bundesverband Musikindustrie e.V. (Federal Association of the Music Industry, short: BVMI), the Bundesverband Schauspiel e.V. (Federal Acting Association, short: BFFS) and the Verband unabhängiger Musikunternehmer*Innen e.V. (VUT) are associates of GVL. It is the joint duty of associates and delegates to take major decisions which impact directly on right holders, members and users.
In terms of functionality, the Associates’ and Delegates’ Assembly has superseded the Board, the previous representation committee of right holders, in 2017. Based on the new Articles of Association, the number of representatives which are elected into the Rights’ Holders’ Assembly, has increased from 12 in the previous Board to 22 in the new Associates’ and Delegates’ Assembly.
The Associates’ Assembly elects a supervisory body which appoints and supervises the GVL management. The Chairperson of the Associates’ and Delegates’ Assembly and his/her deputy may participate in the meetings of the supervisory body, based on a resolution.
Managing Directors of GVL are Guido Evers and Dr. Tilo Gerlach. Guido Evers is mainly responsible for the producers’ section, whereas Dr. Tilo Gerlach is mainly in charge of artists. This marriage of diverse right holders’ groups under one roof within a collective management organisation, which forms the basis for a ‘tandem management’, provides the collecting society with a particular strength and more clout to enforce the relevant interests jointly.
The German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) is the external supervisory authority for all collective management organisations, and thus also for GVL.
The new Articles of Association have come into force upon their entry into the trade register on 18 April 2019.