Live rate provisions

New General Tariff

As of 1 January 2017, the new General Tariff applies. The volume discount will thereby be cancelled. The new tariff is based on a sliding scale system that operates through tranches. The license fee to be paid is calculated per event, and, in each case, per day, based on the total receipts or the total amount of wages (whichever is the higher).

You will find the General Tariff here.

In addition, the following rules apply:

License fee provision

For organisers who, based on the General Tariff, organise a minimum of 25 events per year or pay a minimum of € 100,000 per year, it is possible to conclude an ongoing agreement. When the conditions are met, the organiser is eligible for a repayment of 5% based on the license fee to be paid to Buma. Please contact the Live Department for more information.

Tariff Special Event

This tariff applies to events with a duration of at least 2 days and with total receipts above € 1,000,000.00 in which the costs of an overnight stay are included in the ticket price. For calculation of the total receipts, 45% of the price of the tickets including overnight stay may, under certain conditions, be deducted. After that, the license fee will be calculated in accordance with the General Tariff.

Mega Live Act (MLA)

Under specific conditions, concerts are eligible for accelerated processing and distribution. These are called Mega Live Acts (MLA’s). The following cumulative criteria must be met:

  • The receipts for the concert are at least € 75,000;
  • At least 60% of the total number of musical works to be performed by the main act at the concert is written by the performer or performers of such works. So, the performer(s) is (are) also the copyright owner(s) of at least 60% of the musical works to be performed by the main act;
  • Buma/Stemra receives a request for MLA processing at least 28 days prior to the concert. This request can be made by one of the following parties:
    i. Collecting societies;
    ii. Publishers / individual copyright owners;
    iii. Management of an artist (only if this artist is a direct copyright owner);
  • A (provisional) playlist of the main act and the support acts (if applicable), is provided.

This service is only available for separate MLA’s (including support acts). Live performances on festivals and other such events cannot be processed as an MLA.

The royalties collected for an MLA will be distributed within 28 days after the final playlist and the license amount have been received. For accelerated processing and distribution of MLA’s in the Netherlands a 8.5% administration fee is applicable.