In 2017, SUISA and SESAC, a US music rights organisation, established MINT Digital Services as a joint venture. MDS handles accounting and administration for the online business of Sesac Digital and SUISA Digital.
SUISA Digital is a fully-owned subsidiary of SUISA specialising in multi-territorial licensing. SUISA Digital and Mint also offer their services to publishers (for their Anglo-American repertoires) and collective management organisations.
How do I collect my money?
Make sure your works are duly registered with SUISA before they are made available online.
SUISA settles with the individual DSPs (Digital Service Providers) at irregular intervals, but no earlier than six months after the use (streaming / downloading). See here for the list of paid settlements per DSP, country, and period. (Link to the list of DSPs and their settled payments).
Why haven’t I received any money?
If you registered your works in a timely manner but still have not received payments for streams (and periods) in respect of DSPs with which we have an agreement, it is likely that your work could not be identified by the matching system. Make sure that the corresponding metadata are properly recorded with the DSPs. Alternatively, it is possible that there were too few streamings to account a settlement. Settlements will not be prepared for total revenues of less than CHF 5.-
How is the amount made up?
The amount of the fee depends on the contractual terms and conditions and on the type of subscription the user has with the streaming service. Streams under a premium subscription will produce higher fees than streams under a free-of-charge subscription. The fee per stream varies significantly from one service to another, from one subscription to another, and from one accounting period to another. In Switzerland the range goes from CHF 0.003 to CHF 0.0005 per stream. In other countries, however, the variance is even greater, and can range from 0.005 to 0.0000004 per stream.
SUISA Digital is in negotiations or already has contracts with over 50 DSPs for a total of 179 countries, including:
- Amazon Music
- Apple Music
- Apple iTunes
- Audible Magic
- Beatport – Download
- Beatport Link / Beatsource
- Better Day
- DJ City
- Huawei Music
- Juno Download
- JOOX (Tencent)
- Line Music
- Linn Records
- Lucky Voice
- Melody VR
- Tag Mix
- Ultimate Guitar
Do members have to contact MINT for online uses of their works?
No. SUISA members are not affected by the change. SUISA remains their contact and will continue to send members their settlement statements. MINT Digital Services simply provides services to SUISA.
Following the association with SESAC, the US company, will members receive more money more quickly from uses in the USA?
No. The joint venture with SESAC has no effect on revenues from the USA. The joint venture only concerns online uses outside the United States. However, SUISA continuously strives to improve the collection of revenues from the US and from other countries.
Can SUISA negotiate better terms with online platforms through MINT?
Better contractual terms could possibly be negotiated with certain online platforms, but the platforms are free to decided whether to negotiate inidividually with the two licensing entities of SUISA and SESAC or with both companies together. In the latter case, SUISA Digital Licensing might profit from SESAC's larger repertoire – and obtain improved terms and conditions as a result.
SUISA and SUISA Digital Licensing regularly review and negotiate their contracts with the online platforms. The objective is always to obtain the best possible terms and conditions for authors and publishers.
Complete and correct data and information about works, rights and territories are essential for reliable, efficient and timely management of online rights by SUISA, MINT and SUISA Digital Licensing.
Inaccurate or dubious data and information may be reported
- DSPs should contact our Administrator MINT Digital Services: email@example.com
- SUISA members should contact the membership department respectively as follows: authors at firstname.lastname@example.org, publishers at email@example.com.
- Non-SUISA members should contact the collecting society to which they are affiliated.
- Other rights holders should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org