You want to become a member of AKM and/or austro mechana? There may be questions going through your mind. We have some answers for you right here.
Composers, songwriters, editors/arrangers and music publishers.
Solely performing artists (singer, musicians) cannot become member of AKM. Their rights are covered in the Collecting Society for artists, sound carrier- and music video producers LSG.
No. You may join even if your work was created with other authors.
No, neither Austrian citizenship nor a permanent residence in Austria are necessary to join AKM and/or austro mechana.
Both AKM and austro mechana charge only a one-time payment, there is no other membership fee.
|Authors & Composers||AKM||austro mechana|
|Regular single admission fee||EUR 78||EUR 55|
|Reduced fee for pupils, apprentices, students up to the age of 20||EUR 12||-|
|Regular single admission fee||EUR 130 (excl. VAT)||EUR 55|
„Wahrnehmungsvertrag“ means collection agreement, it is a very important document. By signing this document you entrust the management of your rights to AKM. The contract covers all works you already have created and will create in future as long as the contract is in place.
In order to become a member it is necessary that you register at least one work with us, independent of a previous registry by a co-author or music publisher.
AKM and austro mechana cover different rights of usage. AKM ensures that music authors get royalties when their works are performed publicly (live or mechanical performance), broadcasted on radio or TV or online.
Austro mechana ensures that music authors get royalties when their works are distributed via sound carrier mediums or other types of copies (eg CDs, recordings of radio- or TV stations for transmission purposes, downloads or streaming) and when CDs, DVDs, Blue-Rays etc are sold or otherwise distributed.
Therefore, if you wish to fully exercise your rights, you should join both AKM and austro mechana. Simply fill out the forms provided by austro mechana and AKM and submit them to AKM.