About us

About us

We have represented the interests of performers and producers since 1959. It is our credo that those who render artistic performances or create a financial basis for them must receive money for the exploitation of their performances. Here at GVL, the German organisation for the management of neighbouring rights, we look after such exploitations.

GVL: Numbers, data, facts

  • more than 160,000 rights holders 
  • 213 million euros collected in 2019 
  • 280 million euros paid out in 2020
  • global rights representation
  • more than 60 years of rights management
  • free rights management
  • democratic decision-making processes 
  • licence bundles for rights users 
  • social benefits and cultural grants


Guido Evers and Dr. Tilo Gerlach are Managing Directors of GVL. In their daily dedication to the interests of our rights holders, they get support from our department managers and staff members.

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Our mission

For more than 60 years, GVL has been committed to and passionate about ensuring that performers, producers and event organizers receive adequate remuneration .

One stop shop: As an intermediary between rights holders and rights users, both sides benefit from goal-oriented distribution and negotiation structures.

Our story

Since 1959, GVL has been passionate about standing up for its rights holders as one of the biggest collective management organisations/music licensing companies for neighbouring rights. We look forward to taking you along on a journey through time into the past of GVL in our company history.

Our motto

We use our long-term experience and our know-how for our rights holders. Our goal is to continue to remain experts for neighbouring rights' management into the future.

Dedicated to our work, we strive for a fair payment of our rights holders every day.

Low costs are our objective so that we can pass on the highest possible payment to each rights holder. 


Transparenzbercht 2019
Transparency Report 2019

In addition to our website, we offer you additional publications that you can read online or download as a PDF file.