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Can the blockchain and the bass strike a harmonious chord?

Technological developments that affect the music industry are a constant focus of SUISA’s management committees. Blockchain technology was one of the many important topics on the agenda at the board meetings in October 2018. Report from the Board by Dora Zeller

Can the blockchain and the bass strike a harmonious chord?

To what extent is blockchain technology in harmony with the interests of music copyright holders and publishers? (Photo: Daphne.t / Shutterstock.com)

At the autumn meetings of the SUISA Board of Directors in Lausanne, musician and researcher Steffen Holly from the German Fraunhofer Institute provided a glimpse into the world of blockchain technology. He showed how blockchain was born from of a combination of existing IT possibilities, using practical examples to illustrate the theory behind the system. He also showed how the development of the music industry and technology are closely related: new instruments give rise to new music, new demand and new technical possibilities. Who would have thought it would be possible to rent music? But streaming services are now licensed by SUISA.

The scientist also recommended assessing whether blockchain is a viable solution for every business model. In other words, critically examining whether the blockchain and the bass really can strike a harmonious chord. He provided some prominent real-world examples (Airbnb, Uber, car rental) and also made reference to musicnow.eu. Launched on the basis of the EU Collective Rights Management Directive, this project aims to use blockchain technology to facilitate collaboration between authors, artists, collecting societies and content users.

Technological developments are a permanent area of focus for SUISA’s Board of Directors and management team. In the recently adopted Strategy 2020, SUISA states its intention to step up its research and development under the heading “New technologies give rise to new forms of use”. Following Steffen Holly’s presentation, the collecting society is looking to engage in dialogue with a member of the musicnow.eu project.

Status of tariff negotiations and personnel changes

In addition to addressing the forward-looking topic of blockchain, Vincent Salvadé reported on the current status of the tariff negotiations between the collecting societies and the user organisations. In recent months, the Federal Arbitration Commission has approved the VN (audio-visual media for screening, broadcasting, online use) and CT 3c (public viewing) tariffs. Approval of CT 4i (integrated digital storage media) is pending, while GT 12 (set-top boxes, virtual video recorders) was appealed by the broadcasting companies.

Other important items on the agenda related to the HR department and the 2019 board elections. Monica Hernandez took over as Head of Human Resources/Training & Development in mid-June. Thanks to her dedication, extensive expertise and wealth of experience, she has quickly settled into her new role. Her colleagues value her professionalism, service mindset and customer-oriented approach, as well as her open, positive attitude.

General board elections will be held at the 2019 Annual General Meeting. With the exception of Bertrand Liechti and Marco Zanotta, who are both stepping down after serving for the maximum period, all directors are eligible for a further term of office. The Board of Directors has appointed a Nomination Committee to look for suitable successors. Its members reported on the status of this search for candidates.

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A bird’s eye view of SUISA’s 2018 General AssemblyA bird’s eye view of SUISA’s 2018 General Assembly On 22 June 2018, 208 voting members streamed into the Bierhübeli in Bern. They were there to participate in shaping the destiny of their cooperative society, and to take advantage of the opportunity to network and exchange information. Members, Board members, Executive Committee members, guests from cultural and political spheres, and SUISA staff – all were attending the SUISA’s 2018 Ordinary General Assembly. Read more
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Technological developments that affect the music industry are a constant focus of SUISA’s management committees. Blockchain technology was one of the many important topics on the agenda at the board meetings in October 2018. Report from the Board by Dora Zeller

Can the blockchain and the bass strike a harmonious chord?

To what extent is blockchain technology in harmony with the interests of music copyright holders and publishers? (Photo: Daphne.t / Shutterstock.com)

At the autumn meetings of the SUISA Board of Directors in Lausanne, musician and researcher Steffen Holly from the German Fraunhofer Institute provided a glimpse into the world of blockchain technology. He showed how blockchain was born from of a combination of existing IT possibilities, using practical examples to illustrate the theory behind the system. He also showed how the development of the music industry and technology are closely related: new...read more

A bird’s eye view of SUISA’s 2018 General Assembly

On 22 June 2018, 208 voting members streamed into the Bierhübeli in Bern. They were there to participate in shaping the destiny of their cooperative society, and to take advantage of the opportunity to network and exchange information. Members, Board members, Executive Committee members, guests from cultural and political spheres, and SUISA staff – all were attending the SUISA’s 2018 Ordinary General Assembly. Text by Dora Zeller

A bird’s eye view of SUISA’s 2018 General Assembly

Voting in the packed hall of the Bierhübeli in Bern during SUISA’s General Assembly on 22 June 2018. (Photo: Manu Leuenberger)

Swiss Ländlermix, an ad hoc group consisting of Bruno Brodt, Jost Ribary, Dani Häusler, René Wicky, Robin Mark, Jacqueline Wachter, Kurt Albert and Stefan Schwarz, opened the General Assembly with a surprise folk-music medley. This cross-section of traditional and contemporary Swiss folk music got the public into the proper mood for the meeting.

Swiss Laendlermix

The General Assembly opened on a musical note with a medley of traditional and contemporary Swiss folk music by the ad hoc group “Swiss Ländlermix”. (Photo: Sibylle Roth)

Before the statutory business, a short film was presented showing the social media platforms launched at the beginning of the year. Apart from the SUISAblog, there are now SUISA Music Stories on Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube.

After the film, the General Assembly approved the annual report, management report, financial statements, cashflows, Notes and auditor’s report for the 2017 financial year. The Board and the Auditor were granted discharge for the reporting year, and the auditing mandate was renewed for 2018.

Amendment of the Articles and election of the Complaints Committee

The main business of the Assembly was the amendment of the Articles of Association. Andreas Wegelin explained why the Articles should be aligned with the Liechtenstein Collecting Societies Act and the EU Directive on Collective Rights Management (CRM Directive). He mentioned the main changes, namely: non-discrimination rules, additional powers to the General Assembly, and greater influence for members. After various suggestions, questions and clarifications, the General Assembly approved the proposed amendments with no negative votes.

The General Assembly also approved the list of candidates for election to the new Complaints Committee. Board members Marco Neeser and Christian Fighera, as well as Danièle Wüthrich-Meyer as external representative (Vice President of the Federal Competition Commission), were elected by a large majority. The same applied for substitutes Roman Camenzind and Zeno Gabaglio (both members of SUISA’s Board) and for external representatives Daniel Alder and Gregor Wild (both attorneys-at-law and members of the Federal Arbitration Commission). Bernhard Wittweiler, Head of SUISA’s Legal Department, was designated Chair of the Complaints Committee. He is a member ex officio of the Complaints Committee and does not have to be elected by the General Assembly.

Natalie Riede

Publisher Natalie Riede (in the picture), a representative of the Swiss electronic music scene, was elected to the Distribution and Works Committee. (Photo: Manu Leuenberger)

Natalie Riede was elected to the Distribution and Works Committee where she replaces Guido Röösli. Through her publishing house, Black Music Management, Natalie Riede has been member of SUISA since 2014; her main focus is on electronica and she represents the Swiss electronic music scene.

In her presentation as Guest Speaker, Danièle Wüthrich-Meyer, President of Swissperform, outlined the activities of the five collective administration societies from the formal, statutory perspective, from the consensual contract- and Articles-based perspective, and from the factual angle.

Podium

SUISA’s Executive Committee reported on the 2017 business year. On the podium, from left to right: Irène Philipp Ziebold, Vincent Salvadé, President Xavier Dayer, Vice-President Marco Zanotta and Andreas Wegelin at the lectern. (Photo: Sibylle Roth)

Vincent Salvadé and Irène Philipp then provided information about the current business year. Andreas Wegelin reported on the Mint Digital Services joint venture and explained a number of current political developments which were liable to impact SUISA’s business activities. Lastly, Urs Schnell, Director of FONDATION SUISA, reported on the business year of SUISA’s foundation for musical promotion.

SUISA’s President, Xavier Dayer, closed the General Assembly, which had been as substantial as it was interesting, at about 2 pm. He indicated that the next General Assembly would be held on Friday, 21 June 2019, in Biel.

After the meeting, participants were invited to a buffet lunch in the garden of the Bierhübeli, where they had the opportunity to exchange views and pursue discussions with other participants and with SUISA staff members.

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On 22 June 2018, 208 voting members streamed into the Bierhübeli in Bern. They were there to participate in shaping the destiny of their cooperative society, and to take advantage of the opportunity to network and exchange information. Members, Board members, Executive Committee members, guests from cultural and political spheres, and SUISA staff – all were attending the SUISA’s 2018 Ordinary General Assembly. Text by Dora Zeller

A bird’s eye view of SUISA’s 2018 General Assembly

Voting in the packed hall of the Bierhübeli in Bern during SUISA’s General Assembly on 22 June 2018. (Photo: Manu Leuenberger)

Swiss Ländlermix, an ad hoc group consisting of Bruno Brodt, Jost Ribary, Dani Häusler, René Wicky, Robin Mark, Jacqueline Wachter, Kurt Albert and Stefan Schwarz, opened the General Assembly with a surprise folk-music medley. This cross-section of traditional and contemporary Swiss folk music got the...read more

131.4m Swiss Francs for composers, lyricists and publishers

It was with satisfaction that members of the SUISA Board approved the results of the previous year during their meeting at the end of March 2017. The total turnover was 3.2% higher than that of the previous year. An overall amount of CHF 131.4m can be paid out to rights holders. The Board has, in addition, decided that a supplementary distribution of 7% shall be carried out on top of all regular distributions in 2018. Report from the Board by Dora Zeller

131.4m Swiss Francs for composers, lyricists and publishers

SUISA managed to yield a total turnover of CHF 159.2m in 2017, including secondary income. Due to the positive outcome, composers, lyricists and publishers receive CHF 2.5m more in royalties for their artistic performances than in the previous year. (Photo: Tabea Hüberli)

Apart from the delightful business result, the Board also received reports on the distribution of the collections of the last year in its meetings in March. As such, CHF 21m were paid to authors and CHF 38.7m to publishers. Transfers to sister societies amounted to CHF 53m.

Further distribution topics featured on the agenda: On the one hand, the Board decided that a supplementary distribution of 7% shall be carried out on top of all regular distributions in 2018. On the other hand, the governing body determined a minimum amount for the distribution of the collections from exploitations by broadcasters. Pursuant to the distribution rules, the distribution per private broadcaster follows the ratio of the licence fee that these broadcasters pay. The prerequisite for this is that the licence fee collected from the broadcaster must be higher than the amount determined by the Board each year. Furthermore, the station logs must be submitted electronically. Last year, the Board had lowered the minimum amount from CHF 15,000 to CHF 5,000. The Board took the decision to maintain this threshold.

General Assembly of SUISA on 22 June 2018 in Berne

The Board members also dedicate a lot of time to the preparation of the General Assembly. It takes place on Friday, 22 June 2018, in Berne. Apart from statutory business, the revision of the Articles of Association is an item on the agenda for the GA. The Articles of Association shall be adapted to the provisions of the EU Directive, which have been implemented into national law in Liechtenstein. Furthermore, such an adaptation is important so that SUISA can continue to carry out cross-border licensing of online usages within the European Union.

A synoptic representation of the changes to the Articles of Association will be posted to the members who are entitled to vote together with the invitation for the GA. The notes to the invitation include further details on the reasons for the intended changes to the provisions. One important issue is the duty to provide members with a complaints procedure. SUISA therefore plans to set up a Complaints Committee. The Board will propose the designated persons to the General Assembly for election.

Further elections are due for the Distribution and Works Committee. Guido Röösli retires and the Board has nominated Natalie Riede for the seat that has become available. She is a young publisher and represents the Swiss electronic music scene.

Mint Digital Services, the joint venture

The Board turned to the international stage with regards to the subject Mint Digital Services. A representative of US partner SESAC explained to Board members what it would take – in his opinion – to be successful in a competitive environment: Tenacity and negotiating skills, paired with intelligent IT software and high data quality are, from his point of view, the necessary tools. These qualities are combined under the joint venture Mint which was launched last year.

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It was with satisfaction that members of the SUISA Board approved the results of the previous year during their meeting at the end of March 2017. The total turnover was 3.2% higher than that of the previous year. An overall amount of CHF 131.4m can be paid out to rights holders. The Board has, in addition, decided that a supplementary distribution of 7% shall be carried out on top of all regular distributions in 2018. Report from the Board by Dora Zeller

131.4m Swiss Francs for composers, lyricists and publishers

SUISA managed to yield a total turnover of CHF 159.2m in 2017, including secondary income. Due to the positive outcome, composers, lyricists and publishers receive CHF 2.5m more in royalties for their artistic performances than in the previous year. (Photo: Tabea Hüberli)

Apart from the delightful business result, the Board also...read more

SUISA General Assembly 2018: Your opinion counts!

SUISA’s ordinary General Assembly takes place on 22 June 2018 in the Bierhübeli in Bern. It will be opened with a music performance by the ad hoc formation Swiss Ländlermix in line with the theme; “Folk music – Switzerland crossways”. Important business items on the agenda are the review of the Articles of Association, the new Complaints Committee and an election of a substitute for the Distribution and Works Committee. Danièle Wüthrich-Meyer, President of Swissperform will attend as guest speaker. Text by Dora Zeller

SUISA General Assembly 2018: Your opinion counts!

Up to 19 June, members who are eligible to vote can register for SUISA’s General Assembly, which is to be held on 22 June 2018 in the Bierhübeli in Bern. (Photo: Manu Leuenberger)

SUISA’s General Assembly 2018 is determined by the review of the Articles of Association. The music business is changing: increased competition levels, new technologies, international networks, tougher regulations. SUISA wants and has to keep up with the developments and create a base for the successful advancement of the cooperative society.

Changes to the Articles of Association are therefore going to be proposed to the General Assembly. By way of the proposed amendments, SUISA’s Articles of Association will be brought in line with the Act on Collective Management Organisations (CMO Act) of Liechtenstein which has been ratified in March 2018, and thus with the European Directive on the Collective Management of Copyright.

Strengthening members’ rights and online business

The EU Directive which has in the meantime been implemented into national law in Liechtenstein, contains provisions which entail a strengthening of members’ rights. Apart from rules on transparency and for supervision of the collective management organisations, a significant point covers the making available of a complaint procedure for members. SUISA intends to create a Complaints Committee with well-versed persons from the music sector and legally adept experts. It will suggest committee members for election.

Apart from the above, it is necessary to adapt the Articles of Association to the EU Directive in order to continue to be able to licence online exploitations at cross-border level in the European Union. SUISA has been licensing music of SUISA members at pan-European level since 2013 in the online sector, partially even far beyond Europe’s borders.

Pursuant to the EU Directive, collective management organisations must meet certain standards in order to be able to carry out cross-border licensing. By way of revising the Articles of Association, the conditions will be met that SUISA can directly negotiate with and collect from online providers such as iTunes or Spotify regarding exploitations outside Switzerland and Liechtenstein, too. The online business is a focus of SUISA’s strategy for the immediate future. For this purpose, Mint Digital Services were founded together with SESAC (USA).

Statutory business

It features on the agenda each year: statutory business. The annual report, management report, financial statements, profit and loss accounts, cash flow statements, the annex to the annual accounts as well as the auditors’ report will be submitted to the General Assembly for approval. After that, the Board’s and the auditors’ activities are ratified, and an election determining the auditors for the current financial year takes place.

As usual, there will be an interim report on the current financial year. Management will report on the financial development in the first semester. Furthermore, those in charge of FONDATION SUISA will provide an overview of the activities of the foundation in 2017 at this year’s General Assembly.

Elections and guests

Natalie Riede will be proposed to the General Assembly for election into the Distribution and Works Committee as a substitute for Guido Röösli who is stepping down. She represents the Electronica sector, runs her own publishing company and has strong roots in the club scene.

There are multiple opportunities at the General Assembly to enter into conversation with many invited guests, e.g. representatives of music user associations, institutions or copyright experts. SUISA was able to secure a guest presentation by Danièle Wüthrich-Meyer. She is the President of Swissperform, the collective management organisation for neighbouring rights in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein.

How to get there / Catering

We recommend that participants take public transport to get to the Bierhübeli. The bus from Bern train station stops directly outside the event location. There are no parking spaces available. The Park & Ride car park Neufeld is within 10 minutes walking distance from the Bierhübeli. Coffee and Gipfeli will be offered prior to the General Assembly. After the assembly, a buffet lunch will be available.

SUISA Annual Report 2017On 24. May 2018, SUISA’s 2017 annual report has been published. It is available online or can be ordered as a printed version at: www.suisa.ch/annualreport
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SUISA’s ordinary General Assembly takes place on 22 June 2018 in the Bierhübeli in Bern. It will be opened with a music performance by the ad hoc formation Swiss Ländlermix in line with the theme; “Folk music – Switzerland crossways”. Important business items on the agenda are the review of the Articles of Association, the new Complaints Committee and an election of a substitute for the Distribution and Works Committee. Danièle Wüthrich-Meyer, President of Swissperform will attend as guest speaker. Text by Dora Zeller

SUISA General Assembly 2018: Your opinion counts!

Up to 19 June, members who are eligible to vote can register for SUISA’s General Assembly, which is to be held on 22 June 2018 in the Bierhübeli in Bern. (Photo: Manu Leuenberger)

SUISA’s General Assembly 2018 is determined by the review of the Articles of Association. The music...read more

Wanted: New member for the Distribution and Works Committee

Due to a mid-term resignation, a seat on SUISA’s Distribution and Works Committee needs to be filled. We are looking for a SUISA member who is a publisher, active in the rock/pop, jazz or electronic genre and originates from the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Text by Irène Philipp Ziebold

Wanted: New member for the Distribution and Works Committee

Bang in the midst of it rather than watching from the sidelines – SUISA is looking for a member that holds voting and election rights willing to co-design the distribution of collections in the Distribution and Works Committee. (Photo: Manu Leuenberger)

SUISA authors and publishers have the opportunity as members of the Distribution and Works Committee (VWK) to directly shape the distribution of the collections arising from works usage. The Distribution Regulations are the authoritative documentation governing the issue of who ultimately gets how much money and for which usage of their works. The Distribution Regulations are also the centre of attraction of the meetings of the VWK which takes place twice a year, where VWK members are presented with any pending changes in the rules for discussion and co-determination. The final resolution regarding the respective change shall be made by the Board.

Music genres, regions, authors and publishers – it’s all in the mix

Based on the above mentioned criteria regarding the search of a successor for the member that has stepped down, the goal is to ensure that the VWK’s composition is as balanced as possible in future since this is a central point for its work. In the Committee, there are thus many different music genres as well as all linguistic regions of Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein that must be represented. Furthermore, the VWK must consist of composers, music publishers as well as lyricists. Finally, the Committee should also exhibit the best possible mix regarding age and gender.

Further requirements for becoming a member of the VWK

Only SUISA members who hold a right to vote and elect can be appointed into the Committee. The (future) VWK member must – apart from the direct relationship to music – understand the effect of current decisions on the future. Members of the VWK may therefore not just focus on their own business areas, but must represent the interests of all authors and publishers. After all, being a Committee member takes time: The meetings of the VWK do take up a whole day (2x per annum) – including travel time and joint lunch. Members are also required to prepare accordingly for the meetings; this includes reading comprehensive and exhaustive materials which are provided in the run-up of the meeting.

Tasks of the distribution and works committee

A maximum of 22 members make up the VWK; they are elected for a term of four years by the General Assembly. The selection of the candidates proposed for election will be made by the Board. A re-election is limited to three terms in office.

The VWK fulfils the following tasks as per the SUISA Articles of Association by

  • checking the provisions of the Distribution Regulations and their implications on distribution proceeds;
  • proposing amendments to the Distribution Regulations to the Board;
  • as a first instance, handling appeals against Executive Committee decisions on the classification of broadcasting programmes, copyrightability of works and arrangement of non-protected works;
  • in an advisory capacity, evaluating unauthorised adaptations of protected works and cases of plagiarism.

The VWK is a Committee of the SUISA General Assembly. In other words: The General Assembly may allocate additional tasks to the Committee.

Candidate entries

Since the by-elections take place during the SUISA General Assembly on 22 June 2018 and the preparatory process does take up some time, we kindly ask interested candidates to send their application no later than Monday, 26 March 2018 to the following address:

SUISA, Stephanie Fikatas, Bellariastrasse 82, 8038 Zurich
E-mail: stephanie.fikatas (at) suisa (dot) ch

For further information please contact Mrs. Irène Philipp Ziebold, Director of Member Services and Distribution (Phone: +41 44 485 68 00).

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Due to a mid-term resignation, a seat on SUISA’s Distribution and Works Committee needs to be filled. We are looking for a SUISA member who is a publisher, active in the rock/pop, jazz or electronic genre and originates from the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Text by Irène Philipp Ziebold

Wanted: New member for the Distribution and Works Committee

Bang in the midst of it rather than watching from the sidelines – SUISA is looking for a member that holds voting and election rights willing to co-design the distribution of collections in the Distribution and Works Committee. (Photo: Manu Leuenberger)

SUISA authors and publishers have the opportunity as members of the Distribution and Works Committee (VWK) to directly shape the distribution of the collections arising from works usage. The Distribution Regulations are the authoritative documentation governing the issue of who ultimately gets how...read more

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New members on the SUISA Board

At SUISA’s General Assembly on 19 June 2015 in Fribourg, Marie Louise Werth and Zeno Gabaglio were elected to the Board of SUISA. They replace Monika Kaelin and Massimiliano Pani who retired from the Board and had received a heartfelt farewell with a big thank you for their contributions in the supreme committee of SUISA. Who are the new Board members? An introduction to the newly elected members in the interview and the short biographies.

New members on the SUISA Board

Marie Louise Werth and Zeno Gabaglio after their election to the Board of SUISA during the General Assembly of the cooperative society in 2015 in the hotel “NH Fribourg”. (Photo: Robert Huber)

Marie Louise Werth, SUISA member since 1988

What is your motivation to contribute to the SUISA Board?
Art is the purest form of love. It is immortal and dedicated to pleasure. Enough reasons to meet it with respect and to serve it with a lot of lifeblood. With this in mind, I am very much looking forward to the new challenges – and duties as a SUISA Board member.

What kind of knowledge and experience do you bring to the table for your Board activities?
I have spent the last 20 years as a member of the Distribution and Works Committee;
they were very educational and interesting. As a thorough-bred musician with over 30 years of stage presence, I was able to collect valuable experience which I look forward to incorporate into my new role at SUISA.

What kind of topics do you expect will be closest to your heart as a SUISA Board member?
As a creator and artist, my central goal is the protection of copyright as well as a fair distribution of the due remuneration to each member for the “intellectual property” that SUISA has been entrusted with. Cultural promotion funds in general as well as a healthy transparency – and positive grassroots behaviour of the SUISA vis-a-vis the public is also close to my heart.

Which piece of music would you have liked to have composed yourself and why?
The ingenious composition “Happy Birthday to you” / “Good morning to you” of the Hill sisters Mildred J. and Petty Smith is something I would have loved to have put to paper myself – I think there is hardly any other song that is tirelessly being played day in, day out, worldwide, and is celebrated like this one, and that has the wonderful power at the same time to release emotions in a jiffy.

Marie Louise Werth, born in 1963, grew up in Disentis and has been living in the Canton Obwalden since 1991. She studied piano and organ at the Conservatory Zurich In 1987 she acquired the teaching diploma for piano, followed by a 5-year education as a singer in Lucerne. Simultaneously, she had great success with the band “Furbaz” between 1987 and 1989. With her own composition “Viver Senza Tei”, they won the national Concours Eurovision de la Chanson in 1989 and represented – as the first Rhaeto-Romanic contribution ever – Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest.
In 1992, Marie Louise Werth started her solo career. With new musical projects, she has now been on stage for over 30 years. Since the comeback of “Furbaz” in 2004, she has been exclusively performing with them on a tour of superlatives at Christmas each year. In 2014, they won the PRIX WALO after 25 years as “darlings of the public for extraordinary performances in 2013”.
From 1993 to 2015, Marie Louise Werth has been a member of the Distribution and Works Committee at SUISA.

Zeno Gabaglio, SUISA member since 2003

What is your motivation to contribute to the SUISA Board?
For those who believe that man can today and in future express himself – his joy, his pain, his thoughts – with music, the role of SUISA is and will remain of fundamental importance: SUISA provides the best conditions and guarantees for the creativity of authors. To be a Board member at SUISA means to always keep this inevitable basic thought in the back of your head and to involve it actively when facing all sorts of challenges – of human, artistic or technological nature – which we are facing afresh on a daily basis.

What kind of knowledge and experience do you bring to the table for your Board activities?
I can draw back on diverse experience – from “pure” music to music for films or theatre pieces, from live performances to studio recordings. This also enables a precise projection onto certain topics but also a transversal approach in relation to the various specialised fields. After all, the core message is always the music and if you support music in general you cannot allow that anybody is excluded from it.

What kind of topics do you expect will be closest to your heart as a SUISA Board member?
One of the biggest challenges is to grasp the consequences of music online marketing, because, as we know, the physical disc decreases in quantity and loses significance whereas the online services for the dissemination and for the sale of music are proliferating in an uncontrollable manner. Other interesting topics are the principle of reciprocity with sister societies when it comes to paying out copyright royalties – I specifically think of the relationship with SIAE and Italy – and the somewhat unclear regulation of music productions (theatre, opera and musical) which are not primarily protected by SUISA.

Which piece of music would you have liked to have composed yourself and why?
This is a question which I would give a different answer to each year. At the moment, maybe it is due to the fact that summer is coming – I often listen to and greatly admire the piece “India” which was released in 1973 by the Brazilian singer Gal Costa: a rather moving melody and an incredibly rich arrangement. Apart from that you then discover that the duo Cascatinha and Inhana had already been successful with it during the Fifties and that – before their time – the composer of the piece, José Asunción Flores, wasn’t even Brasilian: a piece that was created in Paraguay with Spanish lyrics and a completely different musical sequence!

Zeno Gabaglio, born in 1979, has, in addition to his philosophical studies, a diploma in
Cello and a Master in improvisation (Lugano, Basel and Florence). After his education period, he dedicated himself to music under various aspects, but he always preferred authentic and maybe therefore the least predictable forms. His three sound recording releases (“Niton”, Pulver & Asche, 2013; “Gadamer”, Altrisuoni, 2009; “Uno”, Pulver & Asche, 2007) were received by international critics with enthusiasm. He wrote film scores for approximately 20 European films which received prizes at important international festivals. He has also created many musical works for the theatre.
He has performed in concerts with the most diverse musical environment and at important locations in Europe, the US and Asia. During his career, he has already worked with Bugge Wesseltoft, Michel Godard, Villi Hermann, Frankie Hi NRG, Teho Teardo, Vinko Globokar, Peter Kernel and René Burri.
Zeno Gabaglio has also been active as a critic and promoter of new music in Ticino. On top of that, he’s a member of the jury of the Swiss Music Award and the Cantonal Sub-committee of Music.
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At SUISA’s General Assembly on 19 June 2015 in Fribourg, Marie Louise Werth and Zeno Gabaglio were elected to the Board of SUISA. They replace Monika Kaelin and Massimiliano Pani who retired from the Board and had received a heartfelt farewell with a big thank you for their contributions in the supreme committee of SUISA. Who are the new Board members? An introduction to the newly elected members in the interview and the short biographies.

New members on the SUISA Board

Marie Louise Werth and Zeno Gabaglio after their election to the Board of SUISA during the General Assembly of the cooperative society in 2015 in the hotel “NH Fribourg”. (Photo: Robert Huber)

Marie Louise Werth, SUISA member since 1988

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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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  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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