Open budgets

Distribution open budgets

In 2021, GVL for the first time distributed remuneration for productions that belong of the so-called "open budgets" that had not yet been remunerated by then.  

These GVL sub-budgets include:  

  • Radio jingles (station promos) 
  • Radio advertising 
  • Music in radio plays 
  • Television docusoaps 
  • Individual television contributions (such as live music performance, live comedy performance, fictional scenes or cartoon scenes in non-fictional formats e.g. "Aktenzeichen XY", children's programmes, shows) 
  • TV jingles (station promos) 
  • Television advertising 
  • Documentary cinema films on television (cinema productions that have also been broadcast on television) 
  • Television documentary productions (produced for television) 
  • Title and background music (for all of the above, except for documentary productions) 

The GVL budgets mentioned here account for less than 3% of the total GVL distribution sum for performing artists per year. GVL cannot provide broadcasting data from TV and radio stations for these categories. The distribution amounts are mainly derived from private copying levies.  

Registered contributions to the sub-budgets for the years 2010-2014 were remunerated in April 2021. Remuneration for the 2015-2016 usage years took place in December 2021. The reporting deadline for the years 2017 and 2018 is 30 June 2022, with distribution planned for the second half of 2022. We will inform you about further dates and deadlines in due time.  

In the interest of a timely release of reserves in favour of the beneficiaries, the boards of GVL, in agreement with the DPMA, have decided to distribute the full remuneration for the open budgets in a simplified procedure. 

To make it easy for you to submit your notifications, you will find the menu item "Open Budgets" in your my.gvl account during the notification period. There, you can register your contributions via a simple online form. The alternative of making the production data for the ten different sub-budgets completely available in the portal would unnecessarily delay the distribution and be much more costly.  

We have compiled extensive questions & answers (FAQ) for you on the topic of open budgets and your reports and will add to them on an ongoing basis. You can find the FAQs here. Please familiarise yourself with the reporting procedure in order to avoid incorrect or irrelevant reports.  

Reporting instructions

  1. Log in to my.gvl as usual with your contract number and password. The menu item "Open Budgets" will automatically redirect you to the notification form. Your personal details will already appear in the form. The notification form is only available in German, please use the glossary with the English translations to complete it.   
  2. Provide the information on the respective production and select the broadcaster(s) and the broadcast frequency. Then enter the nature of your contribution(s) to the production. 
  3. You can submit a maximum of two contribution registrations per production. If you submit two contributions, one entry must be instructional (e.g. as "artistic producer") and the other one must be a performing role (e.g. as "instrumental musician"). Exceptions to this are the sub-budgets „Individual television contributions“ and „Music in radio plays“, where only a single contribution is possible. The same applies to participation reports by choir-/orchestra representatives, who can report only one contribution in a performing role. 
  4. If you have made multiple contributions to sequels or series in terms of a production, please send us a notification as a bundle for each year, not for each individual episode. This concerns the sub-budgets individual television contributions, docusoaps and opening title and background music. Please also be sure to follow the instructions listed here.  
  5. Please note that in the case of acting and dubbing, there has to be a change of roles which has been reported accordingly in the respective production script. A change of roles occurs if you, during your artistic work performance enter into the figure of another person or another being. Performances as advertising testimonials do not constitute an artistic activity within the meaning of the Secondary Exploitation Act. Rule of thumb: The contributions of a narrator are only relevant from a neighbouring rights perspective if they reflect an artistic interpretation of a work which can be protected by copyright. The mere rendition of a work protected by copyright is not enough. An interpretation is a shaping personal rendition with a proper artistic value which can incite mood or feelings. A significant indicator is the narrator’s change of role or identity. The mere linguistic communication of factual information such as those transmitted by a news reader does not give rise to neighbouring rights of a performer. 
  6. If possible, upload proof of your participation. Since we have to check the submitted reports in the interest of all beneficiaries, we ask for your assistance here. Attach as meaningful evidence as possible. This means: your name, the name of the production and your activity should be recognisable on the document. In the case of acting, dubbing and voice-over work, the change of role specified in the script must be proven (script excerpt).   
  7. Please enter your information in the form as carefully as possible. Subsequent corrections are not possible. We cannot process information that cannot be identified.  
  8. You will then receive a confirmation email with the information you entered in the form. Please keep this mail. Reports that you have submitted via the form will NOT be documented in the "Registered" section of the my.gvl portal. 
  9. We will check your reports. If we have any queries regarding your reports, we will contact you directly by e-mail.