After reading the title of this article you may find yourself asking: "Why was this decided by a court?" or "What does this decision mean?" Well, the fact of the matter is that this distinction represents a major victory for German club operators and their patrons. 

Under the old classification, club nights were not considered concerts in Germany. This meant that operators would have to pay 19% in taxes on ticket sales. Now, after being classified as concerts, they will only pay a 7% tax. It goes without saying why this is beneficial to the German nightlife industry and many have already begun celebrating the ruling. 

The decision was made on the basis of whether or not the "average" club attendee is actually there for the music. Unsurprisingly, they found that the music a primary piece of the gatherings and ruled accordingly.

Nighttime.org noted that ruling judges explained how DJs are real musicians due to their ability to create unique works with their equipment and song selections. "The DJs not only play sound carriers from other sources, but also perform their own new pieces of music by using instruments in the broader sense to create sequences of sounds with their own character," the report reads.

Needless to say, the reclassification reinforces the validity of the German dance music scene and will greatly benefit its artists, promoters, and music industry professionals.

Source: Sueddeutsche Zeitung

Related

General

Guests of Swiss Club to Quarantine for 10 Days Following COVID-19 Exposure

Less than a month after Switzerland's clubs reopened, a breakout has taken place at a Zurich venue.

Livestream

Geofenced Streams Could Lead to Virtual Concert Tours

Michael Brun is exploring a new way for artists to make money during the pandemic-induced live music shutdown.

Index Rave

German Club Index is Hosting Immersive "Drive-In Raves"

Social distancing has sparked some innovative solutions for ravers eager to attend events.

socialdistanceparty-1

[WATCH] German Venue Holds First Social Distancing Club Event

A German open-air club pulled off a socially-distanced event complete with live entertainment.

General

German Scientists to Use "Fluorescent Disinfectant" and "Tracking Machines" in Test Concert for COVID-19 Research

In something out of a "Black Mirror" episode, attendees will be outfitted with miniature "contact tracer" devices via chains around their necks.

Concert

Eventbrite Executive Sees Potential in Virtual Concerts Post-COVID

Lanny Baker of Eventbrite shared his insights into the future of the live music industry in a recent earnings call.

Martin Garrix performing at Ushuaïa Ibiza.

Spain's Bars and Clubs are Beginning to Reopen, but Ibiza's Club Circuit Remains Shut

By decree, clubs in the Balearic Islands have been ordered to remain closed for the time being.

Official Radius Press Photo

Chicago Welcomes Radius, A New Concert Venue, To Its EDM Scene

Opening in early 2020, the club's first set of shows includes Dillon Francis, Tchami and Carl Cox.