VG Bild-Kunst was founded in Frankfurt am Main in 1968 as an association of creators of visual art. It is charged with the administration of the rights and claims of its members and so does not pursue any commercial interests of its own. VG Bild-Kunst is financed solely from its own income; membership itself is free and you can become a member by concluding an administration agreement. All proceeds after deducting administrative costs are distributed to the beneficiaries in full.
In 2013, it distributed some Euro 54 million to its rightholders in Germany and abroad.
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