How to get an Official Artist Channel on YouTube

As an artist you want to make sure that your image on any platform represents you as best as possible, especially the world’s favourite video site.

YouTube is the internet’s largest home of creators and viewers. It is not just a hub for video but for creativity, for education, for connecting, and of course for music.

As an artist on YouTube an Official Artist Channel brings together all of your content from music videos, interviews, teasers, behind the scenes, and more!

To get an Official Artist Channel on YouTube you will need an existing YouTube channel that you own and have access to. Then you will need to ensure that you have at least 1 official music video on YouTube from a music distribution partner – Hello from RouteNote 👋

Once you have releases live on YouTube through RouteNote, fill out this form.

Once this has been requested, it usually takes 8 weeks to be reflected on YouTube.

Official Artist Channels provide you with:

  • Organised content: The Official Artist Channel layout automatically organises your discography into an album section and your Official Music Videos into a new playlist. For a consistent fan experience across YouTube, you can’t edit these playlists. However, you can place one section above your locked video and album sections to promote anything you like on your Official Artist Channel.
  • Discoverability in search: When your fans search for you on YouTube, they’ll be linked directly to your Official Artist Channel from your watch card on the right side of the screen.
  • Promotional content: Choose what you want to highlight in the dedicated promotional shelf and in the featured video slot.
  • Fan engagement: One verified and official channel where you can directly reach and engage with your fans on YouTube.
  • YouTube Analytics: Track the performance of your channel and videos with real-time metrics and reports.
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    Hi, topic channels are created automatically when you upload your music through RouteNote to YouTube Music through Google Play Music.

    Hey,

    If you would like to submit a request to upgrade your channel to an Official Artist Channel, please complete this form using the email address associated with your RouteNote account – https://forms.gle/raYJHYTgmZpWgdnHA

    To process this, you’ll need at least one official music video on your artist channel and at least one release distributed by RouteNote on a topic channel – you can get this by uploading your release to RouteNote and selecting YouTube Music as a store.

    Regarding topic channels, please note that releases are often assigned to a Various Artists channel when they first arrive to YouTube Music. They are usually allocated to an appropriate topic channel within 30 days of the release being live – please let me know if the issue still occurs after this time and I’ll get in touch with them to resolve this for you. Unfortunately we cannot accept topic channel links which are still listed under ‘Various Artists’ as the topic channel needs to allocated to a unique artist.

    Hello Team,

    I have submitted the form for the OAC upgrade now how much time will it take to upgrade my channel to OAC?

    Yes, of course you just have to select YouTube music while releasing a song and it will automatically create a topic channel on YouTube named as Various Artists topic after sometime it will covert to your artists name topic channel.

    We upload music to YouTube Music but we don’t upload any other content. All other content is the responsibility of channel owners to upload.

    Hey Riko, I didn’t realise that we hadn’t included all the necessary information in our blog post. Apologies for that! All the details for getting an Offical Artist Channel are now included above.

    Dear Routenote,
    I have released 2 songs on Routenote and 2 with other publishers, each song already has a Youtube video. My question is. Can I go ahead and apply for this or do the videos have to be officially linked to the releases? (I uploaded them manually).

    Hello, this should apply as long as you have multiple videos as an artist on YouTube. It will then be up to YouTube when and whether they apply the OAC for you.

    Hello, the process is entirely up to YouTube and unfortunately we can’t help speed it up.

    Apologies if this is a really dumb question. You’ve uploaded an album of mine on YouTube. How do I now upload a video I’ve made for one of the songs and link it, so that plays translate to revenue. Can I just upload the video on my personal YouTube channel (in which case, how do I link the song back to your records), or can I only earn revenue if it’s uploaded on an OAC?

    Hi Gary, to monetise your videos on YouTube – the simplest way is to upload your music to Content ID by selecting YouTube as a store when you upload your release. We can then claim and monetise any uses of your music on YouTube whether uploaded by you or anyone else. Alternatively you’ll have to monetise your channel through YouTube themselves which requires a certain number of views each month before you’re eligible.

    hi routenote team i have a question i uploaded my song to route note but it’s taking so much so i posted the song my self on youtube can i still get the content id and get the topic channel to without having to remove the song and upload again and wait for route note to reales it

    Hello, sorry about the confusion this post might offer. We’re in the process of updating our information about our YouTube Network.

    How do I check to see if my stuff is on all the platforms I’ve selected? I’ve looked and can’t find me on Apple Music or YouTube music,only Spotify. Can I get some help?

    Hi Chico, it can take around a week for music to go live after approval – sometimes longer if there’s any hold up in delivery. If you’re worried that you can’t find your music anywhere after a week then please get in touch at support@routenote.com

    Hi. I requested the official artist channel. At least 2 days later, I got an e-mail like “your topic channel and youtube channel name are not the same”. Yet it is the same! My topic channel is called “Yazar Panda – topic”, my youtube channel is called “Yazar Panda”. Please help me.

    Hi RouteNote team,
    When I already get OAC to my artist channel on youtube, How to make the music or music video uploaded by my channel as a label on youtube but that’s linked to my OAC. When someone opens my OAC and plays the music/music video it will be my channel opened.

    Example like this : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFDmlW3YwWc&list=OLAK5uy_lRKuuS6adbPdovo39MxbiEAfgnVOfb0MA

    The OAC is the casualties band but when I click to play the music, the label channel is opened. I don’t know how it is
    Can I get some help?

    I send an oac fourm to routenote and they sended it to youtube
    And youtube accepted my oac req and was on processing
    And they said it can take up to 15 weeks
    And while my channel was at the middle of oac processing my music was removed from sale and was unlisted from my topic channel
    SO now what will happen to my oac req?
    will youtube still upgrade my channel without the release being live?
    please make my release live again so that i wont have to face any problems during the upgrade process

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