Once a musical work has been written and composed, the question is how it reaches its audience. This is where music publishers come into play. In partnership with authors, music publishers distribute and promote authors’ works. They exploit such works in different artistic forms for commercial purposes. One could say that the publisher of a work is its manager. A publisher’s most important asset is his network of contacts with other publishers and producers.
Responsibility for intellectual property
Publishers carry a rather large responsibility since they exploit intellectual property for commercial purposes. Authors hold both material and non-material rights in their works. The publisher, acting as a creative music custodian, needs to ensure that the author’s works are distributed and exploited in the author’s interest.
Join SUISA – become a member
If you administer your own works or the works of others in a fiduciary capacity, you can become a member of SUISA. SUISA is present wherever your music is used. We administer your rights and ensure that you are fairly remunerated for the use of the works you publish.
You first join SUISA as an associate member. Once you have been an associate member for at least one year, you can become an ordinary member, with full voting and election rights, if and when you have received at least CHF 2,000 in royalties.
SUISA charges a one-off membership fee of CHF 400, including VAT.
Domestic and foreign royalty income
SUISA has entered into reciprocity agreements with more than 100 foreign collecting societies worldwide. This ensures that you also receive royalties for the use abroad of the works published by you. We pay your royalties from domestic and foreign uses on scheduled settlement dates.
When should you become a member?
You should only join SUISA once the works published by you have been used in public or if they are to be used in the foreseeable future. Only then can we collect the royalties you are entitled to.