How to monetise your music on YouTube after Partner Program changes

YouTube have announced some big changes to who they allow to make money from their channels – here’s how to make sure your music makes money, no matter what.

YouTube announced this week that they will be changing their requirements for monetising your videos, making it harder to earn money from your channel. The new rules require users to have 1000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of view-time on your videos before you can monetise your channel

This is going to push a lot of channels from being able to monetise their channels, including lots of independent musicians. But you can make still money from your music by uploading your music to YouTube Content ID with us at RouteNote.

How to monetise your music on YouTube using RouteNote:

  1. Log-in or create a free account at www.routenote.com.

  2. Select ‘Create New Release’ to upload your music.

  3. Once formatted you can select to release your music on digital music stores and services like Spotify and iTunes. Here is where you will select YouTube as a store to be added to Content ID.

  4. Once it’s finished we will look over your music to make sure it’s clear for monetisation.

  5. If accepted you will receive an email and we will start monetising any use of your music on YouTube

Content ID works on music regardless of whether the channel is monetised or not, so if your music is on your channel or any others you can earn revenue for it.

Content ID is YouTube’s fingerprinting system that scans for music in their system across every video. When it finds music in a video that is in Content ID YouTube can automatically monetise that video and send it to the appropriate rights-holders. If you upload via RouteNote we will receive the money and then send you your 85% of the revenues.

If there are channels you would like to be whitelisted so they are not claimed for using your music please send an email to support@routenote.com with links to the channels. If the channel is not eligible for monetisation we recommend you do not whitelist the channel. This is because if it is monetised via Content ID you will make money from it whereas only YouTube will receive the ad-revenue if it isn’t monetisable already.

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