SUISA is the Cooperative Society of Music Authors and Publishers in Switzerland. SUISA collects the remuneration to which its members are entitled for the public use of their works in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Through reciprocity agreements with over 100 sister societies worldwide, SUISA manages the rights of 2 million right-holders. SUISA employs 200 people in its offices in Zurich, Lausanne and Lugano. SUISA manages what are known as “small rights”. These include non-dramatic musical works, concert versions of dramatic works and musical works for feature and television films. SUISA issues licences authorizing its customers – concert organizers, record producers, broadcasting companies and other users – to perform, broadcast, disseminate and reproduce music.
Music Publishing is the business of protecting and promoting song copyrights and collecting the royalties that these copyrights generate. Think of a song as intellectual property (it's an original piece of art!), and music publishing as the business that makes sure that songwriters get paid a fair compensation when their intellectual property is used by companies. Those companies could be record labels (mechanical royalties), radio stations, bars, and restaurants (performance royalties), or film studios and advertising agencies (sync license fees), and many more.