Become a member
Are you a composer, lyricist or arranger of musical works? If so, you can become a member of SUISA.
Does membership make sense for you?
Your musical works are protected by copyright, even if you are not a member of SUISA. SUISA is not responsible for enforcing copyright protection of your works. SUISA’s function is to collect licence fees for the public use of your musical works and pass them on to you.
Joining SUISA therefore only makes sense if your musical works have already been or are about to be performed in public (e.g. in concert), broadcast on radio/TV, or released as audiovisual or sound recordings.
How to become a member
You join SUISA by signing a rights administration agreement. Once this agreement has been finalised, SUISA will manage your rights and ensure that you receive the royalties you are entitled to for the public use of your musical works.
5 Steps to membership
- Complete the application form.
- We will send you a payment slip to pay the one-off admission fee of CHF 200 (incl. VAT). This fee is non-refundable, even if you decide against becoming a member after you have paid it.
- About two weeks after you have paid the admission fee, you will receive a rights administration agreement (=membership agreement) in duplicate, together with any other relevant documents.
- Complete the attached documents, sign one copy of the rights administration agreement and return all the documents to us.
- We shall then send you a confirmation accepting you as an associate member.
Please note that you do not become a SUISA member just by paying the admission fee. The application process is only complete when you receive a confirmation from us with your personal IPI number. SUISA will not manage your rights beforehand.
Important information for bands, DJs and artists
All the songwriters in a band must apply to SUISA individually for membership.
DJs may also become members, provided they compose their own material however, they cannot be members if they only perform musical works composed by others.
Performing artists, i.e. musicians who are not at the same time composers, arrangers or lyricists, cannot become members of SUISA. They should apply to SWISSPERFORM , the collecting society for neighbouring rights.