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We represent performers

Are you a performing artist and your recordings are broadcast on the radio or on TV? Then you've come to the right place! As fiduciary trustees, we collect about EUR 200 million each year on behalf of all GVL rights holders and pay out the remuneration that is due to them.

Your income sources are diverse: They range from collections for radio or TV broadcasts, revenues from public performance e.g. in bars or cafés to private copying fees such as from the sale of smartphones or other storage media.

Here’s what you have to do to get your money: Sign a free GVL rights administration agreement online and let us know which productions you were involved in.

Registering your contribution is worth it - also in the long run!

It can also be worth your while to register your contributions if you did not have any new productions recently. After all, it could mean that you are eligible for a payment whenever one of your artistic productions is broadcast on the radio or on TV.


How does GVL operate and how can I earn money through it?

Neighbouring rights, private copying, Collecting Societies Act: sounds complicated? Maybe Daniela Hoffmann, known for dubbing Julia Roberts, among others, and one of our 160,000 members, can shed a little light into the GVL process (in german):
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How does GVL work? Dubbing actress Daniela Hoffmann, German voice of Julia Roberts, explains.

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. For more info, please click here:

What does GVL do and why is it interesting to performers?

We manage so-called secondary exploitation rights on behalf of our members and collect the resulting statutory remuneration in order to pass it on to the performers, producers and event organisers. So, GVL is collectively managing secondary exploitation rights on behalf of its rights holders while primary exploitation is governed by individual contractual provisions between the rights holders and the rights users.

A typical example for a secondary exploitation is a radio broadcast of songs that have already been published on sound recordings. If films are exclusively shown in the cinema there is no secondary exploitation. Even in the case of a TV broadcast, a secondary exploitation situation only arises via private recordings, cable re-transmission or a public performance, for example. The entire online sector, however, such as exploitation via streaming portals and media libraries is covered by provisions arising from non-collective (individual) rights so that it is sadly not possible to generate any remuneration here.

More on the legal basis for our activities

Great bandwidth of types of contribution relevant for distribution

We at GVL want to do justice to the diversity of artistic creation. That is why we pay out for many different contribution roles. That makes GVL interesting for:

Stage directors Actors Dancers Conductors
Studio conductors Music video clip creators Instrumentalists Dubbing actors
Music video clip directors Singers Dubbing directors Literary directors
Artistic producers Stunt actors / stunt doubles Artistic narrators dubbing artists in an ensemble

More information about the contribution roles?


What do I receive remuneration for?

We pay you for your diverse artistic contributions in three different types of production. The decisive factor here is that they were broadcast on a TV or radio station that is analysed by GVL.

Advantages at a glance:

This is what GVL offers to its members:

Become a GVL member

Have we sparked your interest? Then just go ahead and sign a rights administration agreement with us online! Our contract department will capture your details and e-mail you the rights administration agreement ready for signature as soon as possible. Now only your signature is needed so that you can manage your neighbouring rights together with us.


Do you have questions about GVL? We're happy to help!
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