Results of the SUISA General Meeting 2020

For the first time in SUISA's history, the General Meeting was held in written form due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year. For the first time in the Cooperative's history, SUISA members were able to vote and elect by post and, in the case of some members from abroad, by e-mail.


A total of 1576 valid ballots were received. 

 

The main results of the SUISA General Assembly 2020:

  • Emergeny support fund approved: The SUISA General Meeting approved the emergency support fund by a large majority. This fund substitutes copyright royalties that SUISA members lose due to the cancellation of events and closure of businesses ordered by the authorities. The relief measure was approved by the SUISA Board of Directors in April in view of the current precarious situation for music professionals. 
  • Melanie Oesch elected to the Board: SUISA members also elected the Swiss yodeller, singer, composer and publisher Melanie Oesch to the Board for the current term of office until 2023. Melanie Oesch is, as part of Oesch's die Dritten, one of the most successful representatives of traditional folklore music. She replaces Reto Parolari, who passed away unexpectedly last December. 
  • Michael Hug elected to the Distribution and Work Committee: Music publisher Michael Hug was elected to SUISA's Distribution and Works Committee (VWK), also for the current term of office until 2023. He replaces Grégoire Liechti, who was elected to the SUISA Board of Directors last year.
  • Annual accounts approved: SUISA's members also approved the 2019 annual accounts. Last year SUISA achieved the best result in its history and is able to distribute CHF 135 million to composers, lyricists and publishers of mu-sic. Thanks to a favourable cost deduction of 13.07% on the statements of account to rights holders, SUISA is able to distribute about 87 of 100 Swiss Francs of its income to composers, lyricists and publishers of music.

 

All the results of the votes and elections of the SUISA General Assembly 2020

(Due to abstentions, the total number of votes in favour and against does not amount to 1576)

Ballots sent out 11611
Ballot received 1592
Invalid ballot 14
Blank ballot papers 2
Total valid ballot 1576
Voting/ election item Anzahl Stimmen
Yes No
1. Minutes of the 2019 General Meeting
The Board of Directors moves for approval of the minutes.
1558 2
2. 2019 Annual Report
2.1 Management report, 2019 financial statements and report by the statutory auditors on the 2019 financial statements
The statutory auditor recommends approval of the annual financial statements and the management report.
The Board of Directors moves for approval of the management report and the annual financial statements, and requests acknowledgement of the statutory auditor's report.
1561 2
2.2 2019 consolidated financial statements and report by the statutory auditors on the 2019 consolidated financial statements
The statutory auditor recommends approval of the consolidated financial statements.
The Board of Directors moves for approval of the consolidated financial statements and requests acknowledgement of the statutory auditor's report.
1554 2
3. Approval of the actions of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee
It is proposed that the General Meeting approve the actions of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for the 2019 financial year.
1547 7
4. Election of the statutory auditor
The Board of Directors proposes the re-election of BDO AG in Zurich as the statutory auditor for the 2020 financial year.
1548 10
5.
5.1
By-election to the Board of Directors for the current term of office until 2023/strong>
The Board of Directors proposes the election of Melanie Oesch to replace the late Reto Parolari.
1513 16
5.2 Number of votes for other candidates 24 -
6.

6.1
By-election to the Distribution and Works Committee for the current term of office until 2023
The Board of Directors proposes the election of Michael Hug to replace Grégoire Liechti, who has resigned.
1539 5
6.2 Number of votes for other candidates 8 -
7. Emergency support fund for financial losses of SUISA members and principals
The Board moves for approval of the establishment of a CHF 1.5 million aid fund. The fund is intended to compensate those members and principals that have verifiably lost SUISA income due to the coronavirus crisis and who are suffering hardship.
1486 66

Melanie Oesch new on the SUISA Board of Directors

Melanie Oesch is, as part of Oeschʼs die Dritten, one of the most successful representatives of traditional folklore music. Melanie Oesch is 33 years old and has been a member of SUISA since 2006.

 

Blog post:  https://blog.suisa.ch/en/suisa-general-meeting-emergency-fund-for-authors-and-publishers-approved/

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