Producers of sound recordings

We represent producers of sound recordings

If you are a producer of sound recordings, you have come to the right place. At GVL, we are the experts at managing your rights as a producer in Germany and abroad, withover 13,000 producers of sound recordings having entrusted us with the management of their rights.

We partner with both major and indie labels, covering a wide range of genres from classical music through to pop, jazz and beyond.

GVL is here for you! It’s as easy at one, two, three! All you need to do is: 1. enter into a rights administration agreement;2.  register your tracks via our online portal (label.gvl), 3. then get your remuneration paid in the course of our annual distribution, if your productions have been used by radio or TV stations.

I have not signed a rights administration agreement yet and require a label code

I want to register my repertoire


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

Neighbouring rights, private copying, Collecting Societies Act: sounds complicated? Maybe Arianne Borbach, known for dubbing Catherina Zeta-Jones, among others, and one of our 160,000 members, can shed a little light into the GVL process (in german):
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Five steps to remuneration


Release your production

You release an analogue or digital music or video production.


Rights administration agreement

Enter into a rights administration agreement with GVL.

With this step, you also automatically apply for your label code for access to the online portal ( You can find an online version of the rights administration agreement here:

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Usage reports

Broadcasters notify GVL of the productions they use.

We examine and verify these reports in order to distribute remuneration to producers.

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Report your repertoire

In addition to the usage reports from broadcasters, you can register your repertoire of music and video productions on a track-by-track basis via the label.gvl portal.

We can only distribute your remuneration entitlements and claims once you have provided the corresponding details.

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Once you have successfully registered your repertoire, GVL can process your contributions and

pay you within the usual distribution cycles once your recordings have been used. If you have any questions, we are happy to help you at

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Non-assignable broadcast reports

Under the Collecting Societies Act, GVL is obliged to publish all uses of sound and audio-visual recordings whose rights holders could not be clearly identified. The following lists contain information about uses from previous years, which we could not allocate to any repertoire registration.

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Track-by-track payment

GVL distributes remuneration to producers of sound recordings based on the broadcast minutes reported for each individual recording. This means that the higher the rate of use and exploitation of your recordings by radio and TV stations, the higher your remuneration entitlement. Each distribution year, we analyse more than 34 million broadcast minutes, or airtime, in order to be able to pay out equitable remuneration to you for the use and exploitation of your repertoire. The different calculation factors of the remuneration levels are not determined by GVL. At the Assembly of Rights Holders, all rights holders elect delegates who decide on the distribution plans.
  • Current distributions
  • Distribution plans
  • Distribution FAQs

International revenue for producers

As far as marketing their sound recordings is concerned, labels no longer stick just to the German market. GVL acts along the same lines. We are not just partners of producers of sound recordings in Germany, but are also increasingly managing their neighbouring rights at an international level - without charging anything extra for this service.

News and events

Here at GVL, it is important to us that our rights holders understand the work of GVL. We hold a number of events and provide a range of information – from practice-oriented workshops or digital online seminars, to face-to-face events and current news and discussions. Here you can find event details and current news for producers. 

Current news


Are you looking for documents and forms?

GVL representation agreement and label code

I want to register my repertoire

Changing personal details (master data)


Questions and answers

Do you have questions about the work of GVL, about distributions, claims, label.gvl or other matters?

You can find our FAQs for producers here.


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In addition to our website, we have other publications you can read online or download as a PDF file.

Contact for producers

We're here to help!
You can reach us on Monday to Thursday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm and on Friday between 9:00 am and 2:00 p.m. (CET).