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Tariff PN – Radio spots, audio Guides, advertising sound recordings

Who/what does Tariff PN apply to?

Tariff PN covers music recorded on sound carriers not intended for the public and applies to producers of radio spots, audio guides, or sound recordings for background music, for example.
Who is responsible for declaring the sound recording or radio spot?

The producer or the principal is responsible for the declaration. The principal is the person or company who finances the production of the sound recording and has the corresponding right of disposal.

Declare In Time

If the radio spot uses mood music (see below) or commissioned music, the spot can be declared up to 10 days after it is produced. In all other cases, it must be declared at least 10 days before it is produced.

To declare a sound recording, please use the PN questionnaire.

Applying for usage rights

If you use music in combination with pictures, films or advertising, you have to obtain a licence from the rightholders of the musical work (authors) and the recording (performing artist, producer/label). This may involve additional costs which must be negotiated directly with the rightholders.

Important: Permission subject to reserves!

SUISA issues the licence subject to production, performance and synchronisation rights. These rights must be obtained directly.

Mood Music – what is Mood Music?

Mood music (also referred to as library, production, archive or stock music) is music from catalogues which are offered solely for the purpose of adding sound to film and to sound and audiovisual recordings. Mood music catalogues are available from the publishers and, increasingly, from special websites.

Advantages of mood music

The advantage of mood music is that the producer or user can obtain a licence to use the music directly from SUISA. He does not have to contact the various rightholders (author, publisher, label) directly.

SUISA number: declaration to the radio broadcasting station

Each radio spot is assigned a SUISA number. This number is on the invoice. The number must be communicated to the radio broadcaster. Based on the list of numbers provided by the radio broadcaster, SUISA can distribute the revenues for broadcasting rights to the beneficiaries.

Broadcast of the radio spot

If known, send us the name of the broadcaster and the number of broadcasts. This facilitates the proper distribution of revenues to the authors.

Commissioned music

If you commission a composer to write the music for your radio spot and the composer belongs to a collective administration society, you cannot settle the mechanical rights directly with the composer. The rights have to be paid to SUISA. 



Reproduction of sound recordings not intended for the public

Fact Sheets

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Fact Sheets
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Information for Producers of Music Recordings (Tariffs PI and PN)





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