Live rate provisions

General Tariff Live Events

The general tariff for Live Events is based on a sliding scale system that operates through tranches. The amount due under this tariff is a percentage of the receipts. The license fee is being calculated per day, per event and is based on the total receipt or the total amount of wages / buy-out fee – whichever is the higher. The current tariff scheme has been introduced as off January 1st, 2017.

You will find the General Tariff here.

In addition, the following options are available:

License fee provision

For organizers who, on the basis of the General Tariff, organize events at least 25 times a year or have a minimum remittance of € 100,000 per year, there is a possibility to conclude a continuous general agreement. If the conditions, stated in de the agreement and the general conditions, are met, the organizer will be eligible for a 5% service fee. This reimbursement for expenses involves a shift of administrative responsibilities from Buma to the organizer and is considered as a fee for services rendered. The amount is debited on each invoice to the organizer.

Mega Live Act (MLA)

Under specific conditions, concerts are eligible for accelerated processing and distribution. These are called Mega Live Acts (MLA’s). Application of the MLA takes place at the request of the entitled party and only if the following conditions are 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).

The gross royalties collected for an MLA will be distributed within 28 days after the final playlist and the gross license amount have been received. For accelerated processing and distribution of MLA’s in the Netherlands, a 8.5% administration fee is applicable. No other deductions are applied.

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.

Please contact our live events department / +31 23 799 7801for more information.