How to declare music recordings
Application form: Authors' own productions
You are a member of SUISA and have produced a music recording containing only your own compositions. If the production is financed exclusively by the contributing authors, SUISA does not charge any licence fees. But you still have to declare the production to us so that we may issue the necessary authorisation to the pressing plant.
What qualifies as an "own production"?
You are the sole rightsholder of the works to be recorded and you are also financing the production
You are member of a band and have co-authored the works with several other band members. All the band members are financing the production.
Declare on time
Please declare the sound recording to SUISA on the application form for authors' own productions at least 10 days prior to production at the pressing plant.
Once we receive the complete declaration
- we will check the copyright status of the musical work and enter the music recording in our system. No invoice is issued;
- we will send the necessary permission directly to the pressing plant;
- if you send us your email address, we will inform you that the recording can be produced.
Please declare the music recording on the application form for authors' own productions.
Blank media levy
A portion of the proceeds from the blank media levy will be paid to you in the form of a mark-up on your music recording royalties. So if you waive your entitlement to remuneration on music recordings, you are by the same token relinquishing your right to a portion of the proceeds from the blank media levy.
Important: registration of works vs. declaration of sound recordings
You cannot register works using the application form for authors' own productions. Please complete our work registration form.
You can request the official, reproducible SUISA facsimile for sound recordings from our Licensing Media Department once you have declared the new sound recording.