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Attend the SUISA General Assembly 2017 and take part in the decision-making process

SUISA’s ordinary General Assembly shall take place on Friday, 23 June 2017 in the Kaufleuten Festsaal in Zurich. How did financial year 2016 go? Who will be newly elected into the Distribution and Works Committee? What’s next for the “Service Public” at SRG? What are the aims of the recently created JV Mint Digital Services? Text by Dora Zeller

Attend the SUISA General Assembly 2017 and take part in the decision-making process

SUISA members entitled to vote may register for their attendance and participation in the General Assembly until 20 June 2017. (Photo: Juerg Isler, isler-fotografie.ch)

Closure of financial year 2016. The management report, financial statements, profit and loss accounts, cash flow statements including annex, and auditors’ report will be submitted to the General Assembly for approval. Furthermore, management will report on the development of the current financial year, providing an outlook on the coming months, with a focus on Mint Digital Services.

The Joint Venture with the US collective management organisation for music rights, SESAC, will take on the invoicing and administration of the online licensing activities of SESAC and SUISA. The recently founded JV will offer its services also to other market players such as (major) publishers or foreign collective management organisations.

By-elections, politics and promotion

Alex Kirschner retires from the SUISA Distribution and Works Committee. Jonas Zellweger has been nominated as a replacement. Jonas Zellweger is a composer and orchestrates film and advertising music; he also performs live as a theatre musician. He has been a SUISA member since 2009.

Géraldine Savary, Ständerätin (federal councillor) and SUISA Board member, will comment on the ongoing political debates in relation to the financing of SRG (Swiss Broadcasting Corporation) and the “Service Public”. This includes, among other topics, the “No-Billag” initiative and the abolishment of the special category channels of SRG. Both discussion items are relevant for Swiss music creators. They could have an impact on the income of SUISA and therefore the royalties which would be due for distribution to the rightsholders.

Special guest at the SUISA GA will be Jürg Stahl, President of the National Council. The currently most senior Swiss politician is characterised by his diversity: well-integrated in sports, well-connected in politics, well-versed in commercial matters. Whether he has any, and if so, which relations he has to the Swiss cultural and music scene will be revealed during his opening speech.

FONDATION SUISA, SUISA’s foundation for music promotion, is also going to report on its activities of the previous year and will award this year’s foundation prize which is worth CHF 25,000.

Zivilschutz-Big-Band Winterthur

The SUISA GA 2017 will be started off with a performance by the Zivilschutz-Big-Band Winterthur, plus Marie Louise Werth (vocals), Rainer Bischof (Euphonium) and Urs Schnell (flute), conducted by Reto Parolari. (Photo: ZS-Bildarchiv)

How to get there / Catering

Attendees are advised to use public transport for their journey to the General Assembly. There are no reserved parking spaces available. Parking garages Talgarten and Gessnerallee are about 3-15 minutes walk away from the Festsaal Kaufleuten. Coffee and “Gipfeli” will be offered prior to the General Assembly. After the assembly, a buffet lunch will be available.

Further information:
www.suisa.ch/generalversammlung

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SUISA’s ordinary General Assembly shall take place on Friday, 23 June 2017 in the Kaufleuten Festsaal in Zurich. How did financial year 2016 go? Who will be newly elected into the Distribution and Works Committee? What’s next for the “Service Public” at SRG? What are the aims of the recently created JV Mint Digital Services? Text by Dora Zeller

Attend the SUISA General Assembly 2017 and take part in the decision-making process

SUISA members entitled to vote may register for their attendance and participation in the General Assembly until 20 June 2017. (Photo: Juerg Isler, isler-fotografie.ch)

Closure of financial year 2016. The management report, financial statements, profit and loss accounts, cash flow statements including annex, and auditors’ report will be submitted to the General Assembly for approval. Furthermore, management will report on the development of the current financial year, providing an outlook on the coming months,...read more

SUISA expects significant rise in streaming collections

At the top of the agenda for the SUISA Board meeting in December 2016 was the budget for the following financial year. It was with satisfaction that the Board established a continuation of the positive developments from the past years in relation to the collections (+3.2%). Expenditure remains stable and the distributable amount increases slightly (+2.91%). Report from the Board by Dora Zeller

SUISA expects significant rise in streaming collections

The remuneration pot for streaming exploitations is expected to fill up for authors and publishers even more: In its budget for financial year 2017, SUISA expects an increase in the online sector income of +13.4% compared to the previous year. (Photo: Manu Leuenberger)

The budget for financial year 2017 includes higher collections arising from broadcast and performing rights as well as compensation claims. An increase of approx. 11% is expected from tariffs CT 4i (smart phones) and CT 12 (set top boxes rental). A significant rise is also expected in the online sector, especially streaming (+13.4%). Due to the market developments, it is expected that reproduction rights are due to decrease (-3.8%). Regarding income from abroad, the amounts in the budget are also lower than previously (-4.5%).

Board and Management of SUISA also plan long-term: Apart from the roadmap for 2017, financial planning and strategy until 2020 were discussed. The Board discussed and ratified the drafts presented by Management.

Cost deductions stay the same

Another recurring agenda item for the end of the year are the cost deductions. The Board resolves which deductions will be taken in the subsequent year from collections in the current year. For Switzerland and the online sector, the percentages are between 10 and 15% just like in the previous year. An exception are the cost rates for the reproduction sector, in particular tariffs PI and VI which are subject to the Cannes Agreement (7.025% and 9.025%).

Furthermore, the percentage deducted from income from abroad in the last few years on the basis of reciprocal representation agreements was examined. Since various sister societies apply higher deductions, the pros and cons of an increase were thoroughly considered. The Board members decided, however, to keep deduction levels at 4%.

Benvenuti a Lugano

For the autumn meetings 2017, the Board members of SUISA will not travel to Lausanne, as they did before, but to Lugano instead. Why not hold the General Assembly in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland? In line with SUISA’s planning it could happen in 2021.

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Alex Kirschner, composer for advertising and film music, steps back from his post in the Distribution and Works Committee (VWK) in summer 2017. Jonas Zellweger – SUISA member since 2009 – applies for the vacant seat; he is active in the same music category. The Board is going to unanimously propose his candidature to the General Assembly for election.

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At the top of the agenda for the SUISA Board meeting in December 2016 was the budget for the following financial year. It was with satisfaction that the Board established a continuation of the positive developments from the past years in relation to the collections (+3.2%). Expenditure remains stable and the distributable amount increases slightly (+2.91%). Report from the Board by Dora Zeller

SUISA expects significant rise in streaming collections

The remuneration pot for streaming exploitations is expected to fill up for authors and publishers even more: In its budget for financial year 2017, SUISA expects an increase in the online sector income of +13.4% compared to the previous year. (Photo: Manu Leuenberger)

The budget for financial year 2017 includes higher collections arising from broadcast and performing rights as well as compensation claims. An increase of approx. 11% is expected...read more

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Distribution and Works Committee: SUISA Board proposes 15 candidates

During the SUISA General Assembly on 19 June 2015 in Fribourg, 15 new representatives are elected to the Distribution and Works Committee at SUISA. Since the opening of the nomination process in September 2014 more than 120 composers, lyricists and publishers have applied or have been proposed by SUISA. After a selection process lasting several months, the SUISA Board now proposes 15 candidates to the General Assembly for election.

Distribution and Works Committee: SUISA Board proposes 15 candidates

The members of the Distribution and Works Committee are elected by the SUISA General Assembly. During the GA on 19 June 2015, 15 candidates are standing for election. (Photo: Manu Leuenberger, with illustrations by: Marylia / Shutterstock.com)

The selection process wasn’t easy, strictly speaking: Following the tender process last September, more than 120 personalities from the Swiss music scene – composers, lyricists and publishers – were available to choose from to succeed the retiring 15 members of the SUISA Distribution and Works Committee (VWK). Candidacies from all musical genres and parts of Switzerland as well as Liechtenstein were submitted.

Selection by the SUISA committee and Board

From December 2014 onwards, the SUISA VWK nomination committee, consisting of SUISA Board members and management representatives as well as one representative from the membership department dedicated themselves to review the dossiers that had been submitted. During the selection process, care was taken to consider that the future set-up of the VWK should allow for the maximum possible types of genre and that all language regions of Switzerland and Liechtenstein would be represented. Furthermore, the committee should consist of composers, lyricists and publishers. Finally, it is important to ensure a good cross-section in terms of age and gender.

After several meetings and personal discussions with some of the candidates, the nomination committee created a list with potential candidates for succession. Said list was presented to the SUISA Board which has finally agreed to 15 people in its session on 09 April 2015.

The 15 candidates for the by-election

The Board is going to propose the following candidates for election at the SUISA General Assembly on 19 June 2015:

Nik Bärtsch – pianist, composer and music producer (Zurich/ZH)
Walter Boss – wind music composer and conductor (Vaduz/FL)
Bruno Brodt – Landler and wind musician (Zizers/GR)
Pascal Brunko – sound engineer, composer, producer and publisher (Valangin/NE)
Ursina Giger – singer songwriter (Zurich/ZH)
Stephan Kohler – DJ and producer of electronic music (Lausanne/VD)
Grégoire Liechti – Publisher (Geneva/GE)
Ann Kathrin Lüthi – composer and singer (Zurich/ZH)
Xavier Samuel Michel – author, composer and publisher (Geneva/GE)
Guido Röösli – author and publisher (Lucerne/LU)
Marco Santilli – clarinettist, composer and singer (Niederhasli/ZH)
Jörg Schneider – composer (Lengnau/BE)
Philipp Schweidler – music producer, composer and publisher (Zurich/ZH)
Mathias Spohr – serious music composer and musicologist (Zurich/ZH)
Thomas Zbornik – composer and publisher (Arth/SZ)

You can access detailed profiles of the candidates in the invitation sent to you by letter for the SUISA General Assembly, or here (pdf, 0.25 MB, in German).

SUISA members can choose to stand for election for the Distribution and Works Committee during the General Assembly in June.

This is how the VWK members are elected

Once the election of the new VWK members is due, SUISA will publish it via its publication channels, write to associations and directly contact the candidates. Any dossiers that are submitted will be reviewed by the VWK nomination committee. The committee consists of:

  • the President of the Distribution and Works Committee,
  • the Vice-President of the SUISA Board,
  • the President of the SUISA Board Committee for Tariffs and Distribution as well as
  • The SUISA Director responsible for the ”Members and Distribution” department.

The committee proposes a selection of suitable candidates to the SUISA Board. The Board subsequently decides which candidates will be proposed for election during the General Assembly.

Tasks of the distribution and works committee

The VWK is mainly concerned with distribution-related issues which are regulated in the distribution rules. The committee

  • Examines the provisions of the distribution rules and their effects on the distribution results;
  • Proposes amendments to the distribution rules to the Board;
  • Handles appeals against decisions of the management on the classification of broadcasting programmes and the eligibility for protection of works and arrangements of free works;
  • Has an advisory function in relation to the assessment of unauthorised arrangements of protected works and cases of plagiarisms.

The VWK is elected by the members at the General Assembly. In line with the Articles of Association, item 9.4, it may also be entrusted with additional tasks. Each committee member has one vote, absent members cannot be represented by other committee members.

Based on the SUISA Articles of Association, the VWK must have no more than 22 members. It counts both authors and publishers among its members and is newly elected every four years. The period of office is four years. Members can only be re-elected three times.

The current VWK members can be looked up here.

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During the SUISA General Assembly on 19 June 2015 in Fribourg, 15 new representatives are elected to the Distribution and Works Committee at SUISA. Since the opening of the nomination process in September 2014 more than 120 composers, lyricists and publishers have applied or have been proposed by SUISA. After a selection process lasting several months, the SUISA Board now proposes 15 candidates to the General Assembly for election.

Distribution and Works Committee: SUISA Board proposes 15 candidates

The members of the Distribution and Works Committee are elected by the SUISA General Assembly. During the GA on 19 June 2015, 15 candidates are standing for election. (Photo: Manu Leuenberger, with illustrations by: Marylia / Shutterstock.com)

The selection process wasn’t easy, strictly speaking: Following the tender process last September, more than 120 personalities from the Swiss music scene – composers, lyricists and publishers –...read more

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Generalversammlung 2015: Meine SUISA, deine SUISA, unsere SUISA!

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Save the date: SUISA-Generalversammlung am Freitag, 19. Juni 2015 in Freiburg

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  1. Fournier says:

    Bonjour!
    Question:
    Pourquoi organisez-vous chaque année l’assemblée générale de Suisa
    lors du week-end de la fête de la musique?
    Souhaitez-vous qu’il y a ait le moins de musiciens possible qui y participent?
    C’est un des week-ends les plus occupés pour la plupart des musiciens que je connais…!
    C’est aussi mon cas, donc je ne pourrai pas venir..!
    Dommage.
    Salutations!
    sylvain

    • Manu Leuenberger says:

      Cher Sylvain

      Merci beaucoup de votre commentaire. Par le passé, l’Assemblée générale de SUISA a eu lieu lors de différents week-ends de juin. Il est difficile d’éviter les dates où se déroulent des événements musicaux. Le mois de juin est très riche en événements culturels. Il n’est pas possible d’organiser l’Assemblée générale plus tôt dans l’année, car les comptes annuels doivent être disponibles et parce que nous avons besoin d’un certain temps de préparation. Après le mois de juin, nous tomberions sur la période des vacances d’été.

      Il est souhaitable qu’un maximum de membres ayant le droit de vote puissent s’exprimer lors de l’Assemblée générale. C’est précisément en raison des nombreuses manifestations musicales ayant lieu le week-end que quelques membres ont souhaité que l’AG ait lieu le vendredi et non le samedi. Dans ces conditions, l’Assemblée générale de cette année aura lieu un vendredi matin, le 19 juin 2015, à 11h.

      Le choix du vendredi doit permettre la participation à l’AG des membres qui se produisent le samedi ou le dimanche. Nous serions donc heureux si, malgré votre engagement dans le cadre de la Fête de la musique, vous parveniez à vous libérer le vendredi matin pour participer à l’AG.

      Avec nos sincères salutations, Manu Leuenberger / Communication SUISA

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  1. Giorgio Tebaldi says:

    Gentile signore. La prego di inviarci un breve e-mail a vwk@suisa.ch. La contatteremo al più presto possibile. Cordiali saluti, Giorgio Tebaldi

  2. vorrei candidarmi, grazie

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