Does YouTube pay artists royalties for music?

YouTube pays out royalties for the video and music content available on their website and here’s how.

Yes, YouTube does pay royalties to artists and labels for music content available on their platform. Some creators will monetise their content directly through YouTube’s Partner Programme. Many creators will use a third-party like RouteNote to get their music on YouTube and earn revenue for every play.

At RouteNote there are a number of ways we can earn you money from your music on YouTube’s platform and each of them is available to all artists and labels for free. If you want more information on how YouTube collects royalties and how artists and creators can earn money from their content click here.

Upload to YouTube Music

We have a direct partnership with YouTube’s music streaming service YouTube Music. Send your music to YouTube Music for free with RouteNote and your releases will be available to stream for listeners around the world, earning cash with every play.

YouTube’s music streaming service offers listeners unlimited listening to all of the world’s music with exclusive content like live versions and demos that you can’t get on other services like Spotify and Apple Music. Getting your music on YouTube Music puts you on the largest audience in the world through the world’s number one video website.

YouTube Content ID

YouTube’s Content ID system allows them to scan all content uploaded to YouTube and recognise when anyone’s music is being used in a video. This allows them to monetise videos on behalf of the artists when their tracks are used in videos, allowing creators freedom to soundtrack their videos and ensuring that music rightsholders get their rightful revenue.

We work with YouTube to add our artists’ music to the Content ID library, allowing us to pay artists whenever their music is used on YouTube.

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