The Federal Association of the Concert and Event Industry (BDKV) is the professional association of all branches and genres of the German concert and event industry as well as the service professions in the artist support field. It was founded in 2018 with effect from 1 January 2019. It was formed by the merger of the Federal Association of the Event Industry (bdv), which had existed since 1985, and the Association of German Concert Promoters (VDKD), which had already been founded in 1946.
The BDKV’s approximately 450 member companies as well as the members of its affiliated International Association for Show and Entertainment Art (IFSU) (www.ifsu.de) represent, from an economical perspective, the most significant part of the national cultural and creative industries: At over 120 million tickets sold, the German concert and event industry has an annual turnover around 5 billion euro. → more on market data.
Numerous companies from events-related sectors support the association as sponsoring members.
Zahlreiche Unternehmen aus veranstaltungsaffinen Wirtschaftsbereichen unterstützen den Verband als Fördernde Mitglieder.
The BDKV is continuously and comprehensively involved in optimizing the industry’s legal framework. It is represented through its Managing President on the Advisory Board of the Artists Social Security Fund and on the Supervisory Board of Initiative Musik. It is a member of the Live Entertainment Award Committee, the German Music Council the New Bach Society and the European Live Music Association (ELMA) .
The BDKV is the sole shareholder of the Society for the Management of Organizational Rights (Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Veranstalterrechten GmbH – GWVR) ( www.gwvr.de ). As a collecting society, the GWVR exercises the organizer’s ancillary copyright according to Section 81 UrhG (German Copyright Act). It asserts claims for its members anywhere where event recordings, e.g. by publishing sound or video recordings, are used on radio, television, YouTube or Spotify. → more on the GWVR.
The BDKV, through the Live Entertainment Award VeranstaltungsGmbH, organizes the annual award ceremony for the German Live Entertainment Award LEA. Since the first prize-giving in 2006, the LEA has become one of the most important cultural awards. The award allows the event industry to honour not only the performing artists, but also the organizers, managers, agents and venue operators for the first time. → more on the LEA
On the basis of the Artists Social Security Act, members of the BDKV BDKV can settle the artist’s social contributions through the Compensation Association-Concert and Event Industry (Ausgleichsvereinigung-Veranstaltungswirtschaft – BDKV-CA). The CA is based on a contract with the Artists Social Security Fund and is an unincorporated department of the BDKV. Upon joining the CA, the fund and the pension insurance are no longer responsible for the participant. The artist’s social contribution is settled exclusively with the CA. For this reason, the BDKV handles around half a million euros a month in artists’ social security contributions. → more on the BDKV-CA.
The BDKV’s statutory objective is to promote its members professional interests and to represent these towards third parties, in particular authorities and politicians. Therefore, the association is particularly committed to optimising the industry’s legal framework. Above all, however, it sees itself as a broad-based service company that wants to benefit its members to the greatest extent possible. In this regard, we are aware that for many association members, the economic benefits, legal advice and further training opportunities especially are the main factor that binds them to the association.
An essential service provided by the BDKV is the education and further training of its members.
In 2001, the predecessor association bdv initiated the restructured apprenticeship as an
“event manager”. Between 1999-2001, the BDKV’s Managing President, as Federal Commissioner, worked intensively on the procedure to restructure the profession. In 2015, the bdv started the initiative “educate better!”, which the BDKV has continued.
As a partner of the Hamburg Music Business Association, the BDKV organises the Live Entertainment Summer School, which has been taking place since 2017 (www.hamburgmediaschool.com )
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