Bundesverband Musikindustrie

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.[3]

Bundesverband Musikindustrie
TypeFederal Music Industry Association
HeadquartersBerlin, Germany
German Music Companies
Chairman (CEO)
Dieter Gorny[1]
Key people
Managing Director: Dr. Florian Drücke[2]

Bundesverband Musikindustrie is a member of International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which is based in London, England.[3] IFPI consists of music associations of 70 countries.[3]

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.[4]

Bundesverband Musikindustrie, which is responsible for certifying Gold and Platinum certification awards, is led by Dieter Gorny, who has been the chairman since 2009.[1]


BVMI 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.[5]

BVMI instituted Diamond award on June 1, 2014 and applied the award to titles released starting from January 1, 2013.[6]

Starting also from June 1, 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.[6] 100 streams with the running time of at least 30 seconds or more, are considered as one single download.[6]

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.[5]

The association does not issue awards for 2 x Gold or 4 x Gold which overlie the requirements of platinum certification awards.[5] Sales of both physical and digital, whether it is an album or a single, can be included for certification.

Certifications (Timeline).Edit


Certification Before September 24, 1999 After September 24, 1999 After January 1, 2003[6] After June 1, 2014[6][Notes]
Gold 250,000 150,000 100,000 100,000 (Unchanged)
Platinum 500,000 300,000 200,000 200,000 (Unchanged)
3× Gold 750,000 450,000 300,000 300,000 (Unchanged)
2× Platinum 1,000,000 600,000 400,000 400,000 (Unchanged)
5× Gold 1,250,000 750,000 500,000 500,000 (Unchanged)
3× Platinum 1,500,000 900,000 600,000 600,000 (Unchanged)
Diamond[6] not awarded not awarded not awarded 750,000[Notes]


Certification Before January 1, 2003 Jan. 01, 2003 to June 1, 2014 After June 1, 2014[6][Notes]
Gold 250,000 150,000 200,000
Platinum 500,000 300,000 400,000
3× Gold 750,000 450,000 600,000
2× Platinum 1,000,000 600,000 800,000
5× Gold 1,250,000 750,000
3× Platinum 1,500,000 900,000 1,200,000
Diamond[6] not awarded not awarded 1,000,000[Notes]


Certification Since January 2002
Gold 25,000
Platinum 50,000

Jazz singles or albumsEdit

Certification Since January 1992
Gold 10,000
Platinum 20,000

See alsoEdit



Note that Diamond-award both for the Singles and Albums will be applied to those titles released on/after January 1, 2013.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Dieter Gorny als Vorstandsvorsitzender des BVMI bestätigt (Dieter Gorny confirmed as chairman of the BVMI)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindstie. Archived from the original on 2010-08-16. Retrieved 2010-03-13.
  2. ^ "Bundesverband Musikindustrie: Der Bundesverband Musikindustrie e. V." Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Archived from the original on 2013-11-25. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
  3. ^ a b c "Über Uns: Aufgaben und Ziele" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Archived from the original on 2010-04-04. Retrieved 2010-03-13.
  4. ^ "Unternehmen (The Company)" (in German). Media Control Gfk International. Retrieved 2010-03-13.
  5. ^ a b c "Richtlinien für die Verleihung von Gold/Platin Schallplatten und Awards (Guidelines for Gold and Platinum awards))" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindstie. Archived from the original on 2010-03-28. Retrieved 2010-03-13.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Neuer DIAMOND AWARD für die erfolgreichsten Singles und Alben in Deutschland" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindstie. Archived from the original on 2014-06-26. Retrieved 2014-05-15.