Professional theatres

How to proceed

Application for an authorisation (licence)

Each public performance of a work of the performing arts (e.g. a play, text, choreography, circus, performance or opera) requires an express authorisation by the author(s) via SSA.
This principle also applies to individual performances of a tour. SSA issues this authorisation in the form of a contract after having checked back with the authors or other rights owners in question.

Application form for an authorisation

In the case of guest performances arranged by a theatre or an event organiser, the duty to obtain an authorisation lies with the producer. The obligation to pay authors’ rights remuneration, however, usually lies with venue. The venue shall inform SSA about the performance in advance.

In the case of adaptations or montages of existing texts, the intended amendments must be presented to the authors by means of the annex to the application for an authorisation and via SSA so that the exact range of application can be determined.

It is possible that the procedure to obtain an authorisation may take a while; it is therefore recommended that the application for authorisation is filed three to six months before rehearsals begin. The authorisation is granted for a minimum number of performances within a specific timeframe and a specific territory. Performances outside the scope of an authorisation require a new authorisation.

Once permission for the usages has been granted by the authors, SSA creates a representation contract stipulating the conditions of the authorisation:

  • Duration of the authorisation
  • Territorial scope of the authorisation
  • Financial terms and conditions
  • Guarantees

The contract is signed by the producer and the author (or SSA if it has a corresponding power of attorney) while the author shall not be able to deviate from the minimum conditions laid down by SSA in its statutes.

Declaration of income

The organiser or the venue must declare their income by means of our form for the declaration of income within ten days after the end of the performance(s) to SSA. SSA will issue an invoice on the basis of this declaration.


The collection of the remuneration for performing rights shall be made by SSA.

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Special cases:


The recording of a work which has been performed on stage whether in the presence of an audience or not, shall be referred to as “capture”. A capture requires a specific authorisation by the authors. It can be obtained via SSA. If the recording is intended for audiovisual commercial exploitation, a proper contract must be concluded for the capture. SSA created a model contract and a checklist.

Fact sheet

Model contrat

Audio capture: see “Reproduction” on this page

Dance companies
Commissioned works

Compensation for the effort put into creating a work commissioned by a producer of events (company, association etc.) is usually paid in the form of a honorarium (sometimes also referred to as a “commission premium”). Said premium only covers the time spent creating the work.

It must, however, not include any copyrights linked to the performances (or other uses) that have already been assigned to SSA by the authors through their membership. Such copyrights are subject of a separate contract which is concluded between the producer and SSA at a later stage.

Our model contracts

Touring in Switzerland and abroad

In the case of performance tours, the payment of the performing rights must be fulfilled by the producer of the event. The producer may delegate the payment of the copyright fees to the venue on condition that it informs SSA beforehand. This principle shall also apply to tours abroad.

Please do not forget to notify us of your tours by means of your own documentation via email.

Fact sheet for performances abroad

School performances

SSA needs to be notified about school performances. In some cases specific tariff conditions shall be applicable.