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23. February 2021

Ghost Festival – The big silence

The Ghost Festival, the biggest concert event ever to be held in Switzerland will take place over the next weekend. The line-up includes around 300 bands and artists. However: There are neither performances, nor music or light shows. The Ghost Festival which was conceptualised as an initiative of solidarity for the Swiss music scene, is emblematic for the disastrous situation creators and artists find themselves in during the corona crisis. SUISA supports the festival as a sponsor. It had a video interview with Baldy Minder, the co-organiser of the festival regarding the facts behind the non-festival (Picture: Giorgio Tebaldi)

16. February 2021

Music and culture are part of your daily needs – it’s not enough to just open the food shops!

A year ago, on 28 February 2020, the first restrictions for cultural events were adopted. Initially events were limited to 1,000 people, then the first lockdown occurred in mid-March. Thanks to precautionary measures, small rule relaxations were granted in the summer, but they were gradually reversed in autumn. Since mid-January 2021, we have been stuck in the second lockdown: without music events, without access to real – non-virtual – cultural experiences. (Photo: Beat Felber)

12. February 2021

Planning ahead in a crisis situation

Advance planning is particularly important in times of crisis. During the December 2020 meetings of the Board, SUISA looked at the key issue, budgetting, and other relevant topics for the future. (Photo: Tabea Hüberli & Dirk Hoogendoorn)

25. November 2020

Negotiating in the age of corona … and with corona

Negotiating is one of SUISA’s key functions. SUISA negotiates tariffs and contracts inter alia. It must safeguard the interests of its members, ensure their legitimate demands are understood and accepted, and obtain the best possible terms for musical creation. It does this through discussion and compromise: in a nutshell, through human relations. But last spring, a new player invited itself to the negotiating table: Covid-19. (Photo: Tabea Hüberli & Dirk Hoogendoorn)

20. November 2020

Legal consequences of concert cancellations for Covid-19

Regrettably, owing to the coronavirus, some musical events have had to be cancelled. What are the consequences of such cancellations for the artists and organisers concerned? Is the artist still entitled to the contractual fee? (Photo: Disq)


17. February 2021

“Jerusalema Dance Challenge”: These are the rights you need for the music in the video

Over the last few months, dance videos with the song “Jerusalema” by the South African artists DJ Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode went viral on the web. This article explains what the conditions for using the music in the videos are and which rights are actually involved.

19. January 2021

Mint Digital Services and SUISA Manage Online Business for Greek Collecting Society AUTODIA

Mint Digital Services, SUISA and the Greek copyright society AUTODIA have signed an agreement for the international online licensing and administration of composers, lyricists and publishers.


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