How do artists earn sync royalties on YouTube

Artists could and should be earning a lot more for their music than they do online and YouTube micro-sync royalties are helping artists earn more from their tracks.

Digital platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube have revolutionised how we release and listen to music. At RouteNote, we offer free distribution to the world’s top music services making it possible for artists to reach audiences across the globe and earn money with each stream.

Artists could and should be earning more from their music, though. As explained in our recent piece on music publishing, there are multiple licenses that each track should be paid for based on its composition, recording, distribution, and where it’s played. Music services pay out sound recording royalties for every listen on their services, but there is a distinct confusion and lack of revenues for licenses of the use of a composition, such as performance & mechanical royalties.

This is something we hope to do something about at RouteNote, to ensure that all artists earn exactly what they’re entitled to. This all begins with YouTube Sync collection.

What are YouTube Sync royalties?

These earnings are generated on YouTube when a composition is put to a moving image. Whilst YouTube Content ID collects revenue for artists and rights-holders for the sound recording, Sync collection comes from the composition and therefore the earnings go through to the rightful owner of the Composition license.

Earning YouTube micro-sync royalties 

Synchronization royalties are generated whenever a composition is put to a moving image (film, TV etc.) Micro-Sync royalties are this same royalty, just using a blanket license on a mass scale.

For plays on any use of your tracks on YouTube, we can also collect for the Composition Royalties if you’re the artist who owns those rights.

Using YouTube’s Content ID system we can detect uses of your music in videos on YouTube. This system collects royalties for the sound recording naturally, but with YouTube Sync Licensing we are also able to provide artists with revenue for the Composition.

Collect YouTube Sync Royalties with RouteNote

At RouteNote, we are currently able to claim these on behalf of our users. If your music is eligible for YouTube Content ID and you own the rights to the composition then we can collect Sync royalties on your behalf.

To find out if your music is eligible for collection of sync royalties through RouteNote then send us an email at publishing@routenote.com.

We believe artists should be earning more for their music when it’s streamed online through the licenses that apply to their music. We hope to have more news on how we can do that soon.

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