How royalties are distributed

Songwriters, composers and publishers do not earn a salary when they create their works – they earn their living from the use of their works in public. Many users are not aware of this.

As a collective management organisation, we see to it that music creators duly receive their royalties.  Royalties are calculated as accurately and efficiently as possible to reflect the actual use of their works. We collect the necessary data from the programme information reported by users. This ensures that even  authors whose works are not often performed or are only performed in small circles receive the royalties to which they are entitled. SUISA has one of the most accurate and equitable distribution systems in the world.

If you wish, you can also inform us in writing about the uses of your works. For more details, please consult: Reporting performed works.

SUISA settlements 

Settlement

Settlement schedule

1st quarterly settlement 2022  15 March 2022
Domestic performance rights, tariffs: D, K, Z (3rd Quarter 2021)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariff: A (SRG Radio & TV 3rd Quarter 2021)
Domestic mechanical rights, tariffs: PA, PI, PN, VI, VN (3rd Quarter 2021)
1st foreign settlement 2022 Mid-March
1st video-on-demand settlement 2022 Mid-March
1st online settlement (Downloads & Streaming) 2022 End of March
1st adjustments settlement 2022 End of March
2nd quarterly settlement 2022 15 June 2022
Domestic performance rights, tariffs: B, C, D, E, H, Hb, HV, K, Z (2021)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariff: A (SRG Radio & TV 4th quarter 2021)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariff: A (SRG commercials 2021)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariffs: S, Y (2021)
Domestic mechanical rights, Tariffs: PA, PI, PN, VI, VN (4th quarter 2021)
Domestic mechanical rights, central licensing (2nd semester 2021)
2nd foreign settlement 2022 Mid-June
2nd online settlement (Downloads & Streaming) 2021 End of June
Publishers’ pension benefits Early July
Authors’ pension benefits Mid-July
3rd quarterly settlement 2021 15 September 2022
Domestic performance rights, tariffs: D, K, Z (1st quarter 2022)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariff: A (SRG Radio & TV 1st quarter 2022)
Advertising windows (2020)
Domestic mechanical rights, tariffs: PA, PI, PN, VI, VN (1st quarter 2022)
3rd  foreign settlement  2022 Mid-September
Blank media levy (CT4), settlement 2022 Mid-September
Sub-publisher shares cable networks, settlement 2022 Mid-September
2nd video-on-demand settlement 2022 Mid-September
3rd online settlement (Downloads & Streaming) 2022 End of September
2nd adjustments settlement 2022 End of September
Re-recording rights settlement, 2022 End of October
4th quarterly settlement 2022 15 December 2022
Domestic performance rights, tariffs: D, K, Z (2nd quarter 2022)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariff: A (SRG Radio & TV 2nd quarter 2022)
Domestic mechanical rights, tariffs: PA, PI, PN, VI, VN (2nd quarter 2022)
Domestic mechanical rights, central licensing (1st semester 2022)
4th foreign settlement 2022 Mid-December
4th online settlement (Downloads & Streaming) 2022 Mid-December

SUISA settlements 

Settlement

Settlement schedule

1st quarterly settlement 2023  15 March 2023
Domestic performance rights, tariffs: D, K, Z (3rd Quarter 2022)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariff: A (SRG Radio & TV 3rd Quarter 2022)
Domestic mechanical rights, tariffs: PA, PI, PN, VI, VN (3rd Quarter 2022)
1st foreign settlement 2023 Mid-March
1st video-on-demand settlement 2023 Mid-March
1st online settlement (Downloads & Streaming) 2023 End of March
1st adjustments settlement 2023 End of March
2nd quarterly settlement 2023 15 June 2023
Domestic performance rights, tariffs: B, C, D, E, H, Hb, HV, K, Z (2022)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariff: A (SRG Radio & TV 4th quarter 2022)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariff: A (SRG commercials 2022)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariffs: S, Y (2022)
Domestic mechanical rights, Tariffs: PA, PI, PN, VI, VN (4th quarter 2022)
Domestic mechanical rights, central licensing (2nd semester 2022)
2nd foreign settlement 2023 Mid-June
2nd online settlement (Downloads & Streaming) 2023 End of June
Publishers’ pension benefits Early July
Authors’ pension benefits Mid-July
3rd quarterly settlement 2023 15 September 2023
Domestic performance rights, tariffs: D, K, Z (1st quarter 2023)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariff: A (SRG Radio & TV 1st quarter 2023)
Advertising windows (2021)
Domestic mechanical rights, tariffs: PA, PI, PN, VI, VN (1st quarter 2023)
3rd  foreign settlement  2023 Mid-September
Blank media levy (CT4), settlement 2023 Mid-September
Sub-publisher shares cable networks, settlement 2023 Mid-September
2nd video-on-demand settlement 2023 Mid-September
3rd online settlement (Downloads & Streaming) 2023 End of September
2nd adjustments settlement 2023 End of September
Re-recording rights settlement, 2023 End of October
4th quarterly settlement 2023 15 December 2023
Domestic performance rights, tariffs: D, K, Z (2nd quarter 2023)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariff: A (SRG Radio & TV 2nd quarter 2023)
Domestic mechanical rights, tariffs: PA, PI, PN, VI, VN (2nd quarter 2023)
Domestic mechanical rights, central licensing (1st semester 2023)
4th foreign settlement 2023 Mid-December
4th online settlement (Downloads & Streaming) 2023 Mid-December

When the rightholders of a work cannot be identified, the relevant royalties are generally set aside for five years. During that time, SUISA endeavours to obtain the necessary information to enable distribution. If this is not successful, the reserved amounts are applied to benefit  rightholders in the five years after they were set aside. The distributable amounts released after five years are applied either to supplemental distributions or to cover costs. 

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