Do YouTube Art Tracks make money?

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If you’ve ever wondered what a YouTube Art Track is, step this way, and learn how they can help you make money from your music on YouTube.

YouTube Art Tracks are music videos automatically generated by YouTube. At RouteNote we want to make sure that the independent artists who choose us for distribution are receiving every cent of revenue they’re entitled to from streams and downloads of their music. With that in mind – are YouTube Art Tracks a good source of money for artists?


What are YouTube Art Tracks?

YouTube Art Tracks are basically a static music video for your song. Alongside metadata like the title and name of the artist, the video will be made up of the sound recording and album art.

Beneath the video, the description will show which distributor uploaded the track to YouTube – for example, “Provided to YouTube by RouteNote.” It will also state that the video was auto-generated by YouTube.


Can artists earn money from Art Tracks?

Like your standard YouTube video that contains music, rightsholders can earn revenue from an Art Track. It works slightly differently from YouTube Content ID, which involves YouTube trawling the site and claiming any video where your song appears.

Art Tracks come under the distribution umbrella of YouTube Music. Therefore, they generate revenue in the same way as on the streaming service and on others like Spotify – generating money for artists per-play.


How do I get a YouTube Art Track?

When you select YouTube Music from the stores offered for distribution from RouteNote, YouTube automatically makes an Art Track for your song using the metadata and album art you’ve uploaded.


As YouTube is free and often a first point of call for people looking to discover new music, Art Tracks are a fantastic source of exposure for you and your music, as well as an extra source of revenue.


When you release your tracks with RouteNote we help protect your music, making sure you always get paid whenever your song is used in a video on YouTube or streamed on YouTube Music. You can get your music online for free, from Spotify to Instagram. Find out more here.

I write about music for RouteNote, sharing fun stuff, news, and tips and tricks for musicians and producers. Also a saxophonist and hater of marmalade.

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