Bundesverband der Veranstaltungswirtschaft e.V.

Home base of the German Concert and Event Business

Managing Board (Photo Nadine Lischick)

The Bundesverband der Veranstaltungswirtschaft e.V. (bdv) – the Federal German Association for the Concert and Promoters Business, is the professional association for all branches of German concert organising trade and artist representation.

The bdv represents more than 300 german promoters, agents and managers. The association provides the sector with comprehensive representation and consultation. It represents a total revenue of the live entertainment market of around EUR 3.9 billion with more around 122 million sold tickets.

As an association of associations the bdv represents besides its 250 member-companies the ‘Internationaler Fachverband Show-und Unterhaltungskunst’ (International Professional Association for Show and Entertainment Arts) (IFSU) and therefore directly or indirectly over 330 companies in the concert organisation business. The association has a permanent and long-term commitment to the optimization of the basic legal conditions of the economic sector. It is represented in the advisory committee of the artists’ social insurance fund, the supervisory board of “Initiative Musik”, Steuerfachausschuss des Deutschen Kulturrats (Certified Public Accountant’s Institute of the German Cultural Committee, as well as many other bodies that are relevant to the industry, in particular in Berlin and is regularly invited to hearings that are relevant to the industry by the German parliament.

The Federal Association is the initiator and main sponsor of the LEA – The German Live Entertainment Award. The prize, established in 2006, has been used to pay tribute to outstanding performance by companies in the concert and event busines during a gala event in Hamburg and from 2011 onwards in Frankfurt am Main. Alongside a yearly glamorous Gala Night at the Frankfurt Festival Hall, the PRG LEA simultaneously kicks off the Frankfurt Music Trade Fair and Prolight + Sound. The next event will take place on April 4, 2016.