Petzi – Overview of figures & facts

PETZI represents 113 music venues in Switzerland. The venues have a median of 300 audience capacity so are generally small. Together the venues present well over 16,400 artist performances per year, which attract almost 2.2 million visits. Also 57% of the music venues organise festivals.

The Swiss venues do much more than live music alone, and are also involved in educational, social, artistic, culinary, and multi-disciplinary activities, such as:

PETZI – Diversity of functions – The Survey Publication 2020

PETZI – Legal Status – The Survey Publication 2020

PETZI music venues are for 100% non-profit venues, of which 94% private and 6% public. They generate a total income of 85 million euro. The income is a mix of subsidy (25%) and audience spendings (64%) on tickets, food and beverages. Support from the government and the high amount of volunteers work keeps the exploitation costs lower. Therefore all money that is generated by ticket sales can be spent on direct programme costs and invested in presenting local and emerging talents.

PETZI – Income – The Survey Publication 2020
PETZI – Expenditure – The Survey Publication 2020

In Switzerland volunteers are very important for the daily practices in the venue, especially for smaller and private non-profit venues. Of the 8,800 total workers in PETZI venues, over 5,500 are volunteers, responsible for 55% of all working hours.

PETZI – Share of Paid and Volunteers Work(ers) – The Survey Publication 2020


To learn more about these venues visit and/or contact PETZI Survey coordinator Yves Mermoud,

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Overview PETZI venues

Based on the data (year 2016) of 80 PETZI music venues, collected during 2017, and extrapolated to data of 113 music venues part of PETZI and Live DMA in 2017.