Executive and Board of Directors

From each professional group, five members are elected to the Administrative Council for a term of three years. The Administrative Council controls the work of the Executive Board and in particular decides what copyright claims are to be administered by VG Bild-Kunst and on what conditions.

The business is managed by a four-member Executive Board. One of these members takes on this work on a full-time basis as Chief Executive Officer, while the other three representatives of the professional groups work part-time and contribute the expertise of their respective group. In practice, the three chairpersons of the professional groups in the Administrative Council are also integrated into the work of the Executive Board and seek to increase the influence of the Administrative Council. This means that the meetings of the Executive Board are attended by seven people:

Professional Group I (Art):

Werner Schaub (Member of Executive Board)

Frank Zeidler (Chairman of Professional Group I in the AC)

Professional Group II (Photography):

Frauke Ancker (Member of Executive Board)

Lutz Fischmann (Chairman of Professional Group II in the AC)

Professional Group III (Film):

Rolf Silber (Member of Executive Board)

C. Cay Wesnigk (Chairman of Professional Group III in the AC)


Chief Executive Officer:

Dr. Urban Pappi

Benefits for Users

A collecting society also brings advantages for those people and institutions wishing to use rights or who have to pay royalty claims: it offers them a contact partner for the rights of a large number of authors and this can help them substantially reduce their administrative costs. Collecting societies are also required by law to publish binding tariffs (price lists) for their rights and claims, so that users can make calculations with a certain degree of reliability.

Our tariffs (English Version)

The most important rights we administer

Reproduction rights

In this field, VG Bild-Kunst grants publishers permits to reproduce the works of visual artists. It checks voucher copies and charges for usage. Receipts are credited directly to the authors’ accounts after deducting their administrative costs and making the social and cultural deductions laid down in the distribution plan. Distributions are made twice a year.

Broadcasting right

VG Bild-Kunst has entered into blanket agreements with the public broadcasting organisations that cover the broadcasting of works of visual art. Its staff members evaluate recordings of the complete television programme and determine whether and when the works were broadcast by which artist on television and so distribute the lump-sum payments to the artists whose works were transmitted.

Resale royalty right

The resale royalty right makes provision for artists to receive a percentage share of the selling price of a work, when it is directly sold a second time by a gallery or the artist after the first sale. To facilitate management of the resale royalty right, VG Bild-Kunst and the art trade associations have jointly set up the Ausgleichsvereinigung (AV) Kunst, which is operated as a GbR (company established under civil law) and an independent department in VG Bild-Kunst. Galleries, auction houses and art dealers, who are not members of AV Kunst, must each year provide information about sales made in the past year that were subject to the resale royalty right and these are settled individually.

Statutory Royalty Claims

For the statutory royalty claims of all the professional groups, VG Bild-Kunst has concluded general agreements covering the lump-sum royalties payable for usage. These royalties are distributed in accordance with the distribution plan on the basis of works notified by members. Royalties are distributed to the rights owners once a year.

Search for Artists

Any users wishing to know what artists are represented by VG Bild-Kunst in the field of visual art, can use our Search for Artists facility. We do not offer this service for the fields of photography and film, because in these sectors we almost exclusively administer statutory royalty claims.

More about our Search for Artists facility

Sister Societies Abroad

VG Bild-Kunst does not just represent its own members. Its also claims to offer as comprehensive repertoire as possible in its various fields of activity and for this reason maintains relations with all the relevant foreign collecting societies operating in the visual sector.

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