Bundesverband Musikindustrie

Bundesverband Musikindustrie
TypeFederal Music Industry Association
HeadquartersBerlin, Germany
German Music Companies
Chairman (CEO)
Dieter Gorny
Key people
Managing Director: Dr. Florian Drücke

The Bundesverband Musikindustrie (English: Federal Music Industry Association), or simply BVMI, represents the music industry in Germany. The association represents the interests of nearly 280 labels and music industry related enterprises, which comprise 90% of the music industry.

Bundesverband Musikindustrie is a member of International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which is based in London, England. IFPI consists of music associations of 70 countries.

BVMI works closely with GfK Entertainment (formerly "Media Control GfK International") (founded in 1976) which is in charge of publishing the music charts in Germany on weekly bases.

Bundesverband Musikindustrie, which is responsible for certifying Gold and Platinum certification awards, is led by Dieter Gorny, who has been the chairman since 2009.


Germany launched its Gold and Platinum award program in 1975, and relies on an independent auditor for the accuracy of the sales required for the awards.

While the BVMI has been the certifying body in Germany for the past few decades, BVMI wasn't always in charge of certifying the records there. Phono Press also known as ZVEI (Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie) was the body in charge of tracking records sales and the certifications. During the 1970s and 1980s, the certification levels for singles in Germany were 500,000 units for Gold and 1,000,000 units for Platinum, while the certification levels for albums were 250,000 and 500,000, respectively.

BVMI instituted Diamond award on 1 June 2014 and applied the award to titles released starting from 1 January 2013.

Starting also from 1 June 2014, BVMI raised its certification-award-levels for the Singles, from the previous 150,000 units for Gold and 300,000 units for Platinum to 200,000 units for Gold and 400,000 units for Platinum. The change in the certification-levels of the Singles was affected by both inclusion of Streaming as well as an increase in sales of downloads that has been seen in recent years. 100 streams with the running time of at least 30 seconds or more, are considered as one single download.

BVMI follows the following pattern to certify records:

  • 1 x Gold
  • 1 x Platinum
  • 3 x Gold
  • 2 x Platinum
  • 5 x Gold
  • 3 x Platinum etc.

The association does not issue awards for 2 x Gold or 4 x Gold which overlie the requirements of platinum certification awards. Sales of both physical and digital, whether it is an album or a single, can be included for certification.

Certifications timeline

Certifications levels are based on the recording release date, using the following thresholds:

Certification levels for albums
Certification Before 25 September 1999 After 25 September 1999 After 1 January 2003 After 1 June 2014
Gold 250,000 150,000 100,000 100,000 (Unchanged)
Platinum 500,000 300,000 200,000 200,000 (Unchanged)
Diamond not awarded not awarded not awarded 750,000
Certification levels for singles
Certification Before 1 January 2003 1 January 2003 to 1 June 2014 After 1 June 2014
Gold 250,000 150,000 200,000
Platinum 500,000 300,000 400,000
Diamond not awarded not awarded 1,000,000
Certification levels for videos
Certification Since January 2002
Gold 25,000
Platinum 50,000
Certification levels Jazz recordings
Certification Since January 1992
Gold 10,000
Platinum 20,000

See also

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