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German Nightclubs Agree Fees With GEMA

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Earlier in the year we revealed how our German counterparts over at DE:BUG did us proud in revealing to the rest of the world the strain that electronic music is being put under in the Fatherland by the unwieldy and quite frankly ridiculous institution that is the GEMA. Not content with sabotaging underground electronic music in sunny Deutschland it now seemed the GEMA were gaining even more ludicrous powers that saw them stretching their tentacles towards more foreign climbs under fairly tenuous reasoning. 

Now it seems a compromise to their aggressive anti-nightclub  policies has been reached with a new deal that appears set to save many nightclubs from otherwise inevitable closure.  With clubs such as iconic Berlin nightspot Watergate threatened under the previous proposals on the fees they have to pay to play songs we’re glad that many of our favorite venues will still be around in 2014. With Watergate claiming that the new rates would have seen them paying €140,000 per year instead of €10,000 anything other than a rethink from GEMA would have seemed ridiculous in our mind.

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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