SUISA

Brief

SUISA is the Cooperative Society of Music Authors and Publishers in Switzerland. Established as a cooperative association in 1923, it now numbers about 30,000 composers, lyricists and music publishers. SUISA collects the royalties to which its members are entitled for the public use of their works in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Through reciprocity agreements with over 100 sister societies worldwide, SUISA manages the rights of 2 million right-holders. SUISA employs 200 people in its offices in Zurich, Lausanne and Lugano.

SUISA manages what are known as “small rights”. These include non-dramatic musical works, concert versions of dramatic works and musical works for feature and television films. SUISA issues licences authorising its clients – concert organisers, record producers, broadcasting companies and other users – to perform, broadcast, disseminate and reproduce music. “Grand rights”, which include operas and musicals, are administered by SSA - Société Suisse des Auteurs.