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Berlin, 02 September 2021 Since 9 August, freelance artists or project-based performers can apply with GVL for the scholarship programme of the collective management organisations, NEUSTART KULTUR which has been set up by the Federal Ministry for Culture and Media.
Soloists or choir singers, dubbing artists or dancers - freelance artists are eligible for support for scholarships via GVL totalling EUR 30m from August onwards. GVL allocates the means in the course of the scholarship programme of the collective management organisations in NEUSTART KULTUR of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Each approved artistic project will be supported with EUR 5,000.
GVL is planning to grant scholarships via the scholarship programme of the collective management organisations as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR programme. If its application is approved, GVL will receive €30m from the BKM to award grants to freelance performers.
The Gesellschaft zur Verwertung von Leistungsschutzrechten mbH (GVL) presented its annual accounts for 2020 at its Assembly of Shareholders and Delegates (GuDV) on 22 June 2021. With EUR 216.1m (2019: EUR 215.5m, +0.3%), the annual result is significantly above the estimates at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Gesellschaft zur Verwertung von Leistungsschutzrechten held its first purely virtual Assembly of Rights Holders on 3 and 4 June 2021. Rights holders elected their 22 delegates via a specially set-up online portal for the next four years. GVL’s general management reported on the past election period, provided an outlook and answered questions of the rights holders.
The Gesellschaft zur Verwertung von Leistungsschutzrechten (GVL) continues its financial support to producers of sound recordings in the second year of the pandemic. Today, advance payments relating to the 2020 initial distribution which would ordinarily not take place before September this year have been launched. A total of EUR 41.9m is available in the form of payments on account. These payouts are made together with the subsequent distributions for sound recordings for the years 2017 to 2019.
On 13 November 2020, the GVL Assembly of Shareholders and Delegates (ASD) got together at its third meeting of the year.
The VUT, Association of Independent Music Entrepreneurs - is now the fourth shareholder of GVL, the Gesellschaft zur Verwertung von Leistungsschutzrechten mbH. Additional shareholders are the BVMI, the Bundesverband Musikindustrie e.V. [Federal Association of the Music Industry], the DOV, Deutsche Orchestervereinigung e.V. [German Orchestra Association] and the Bundesverband Schauspiel e.V. [Federal Association of Acting]. As a shareholder, the VUT is going to represent particularly the interests of independent music entrepreneurs in future. Its members include about 1,200 performers which are self-marketing, labels, publishers, distributors, producers etc.
At its ordinary Associates’ and Delegates’ Assembly on 16 June 2020, the Gesellschaft zur Verwertung von Leistungsschutzrechten mbH (GVL) presented its annual financial statements for 2019. Broadcasting remuneration remained GVL's largest source of income, closely followed by revenues from private copying. After special effects due to back payments in the previous years, GVL's income of EUR 215.5 million in 2019 still kept in line with expectations.
GVL has adopted an additional type of short-term assistance: Advance payments to GVL producers of sound recordings were launched today. At the same time, we are working at full speed on advance payments for performers.

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