Learn how to maximize the opportunity of YouTube Shorts with our new best practices.
Get the latest tips to help you get ready for your release day and stay on top after your music goes live.
Dive into our new Analytics for Artists handbook. Learn the latest about Analytics available for you on YouTube to help you stay in tune with your releases and fans.
Make your next video launch a showstopper with our handy guide to Premieres.
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Learn how to get the most out of YouTube Shorts for music releases, including new features, best practices and FAQs.
From timing your release to changing thumbnails, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about releasing music on YouTube.
Learn how YouTube recommends your music and how you can reach more fans.
Get all the resources you need to connect with fans in a time where connection is more important than ever.
Learn the basics of creating and managing your channel, and start connecting with fans.
Learn about music copyright, cover songs, and YouTube’s Content ID system for rights management.
Promote your tour, releases, and career milestones.
Interacting with fans is part of your day-to-day experience, and you can do it on YouTube no matter where you are in the world.
Get information about how your fans find your music, and what keeps them engaged, with YouTube Analytics.
When fans watch your content, you can get paid. Find out how to monetize your channel.
Create a visual and interactive portfolio of your credited work through playlist curation.
We’ll walk you through the basics of setting up an Official Artist Channel and how to use YouTube fully to engage with fans, drive video views, and promote concerts & tours.
We'll walk your through the best way to connect and engage your fans on YouTube.
Frequently asked questions
YouTube Music shows content that our system and our partners have identified as appropriate for a music experience — and we're adding content all the time. Usually, there's nothing you need to do to get your music content in the app.
Learn more about how we figure out what goes in YouTube Music.
If you're an artist on YouTube, your Official Artist Channel (OAC) brings together all your content from your different YouTube channels into one place. The channel automatically programs your music catalog on two new shelves, including your music videos, songs, and albums.
To be eligible for an OAC,
- Own and operate a YouTube channel that represents one artist or band
- Have at least 3 official releases on YouTube delivered and distributed by a music distributor or label
- Have no policy violations on your channel
And one or more of the following:
- Work with a YouTube Partner Manager
- Be part of the YouTube Partner Program
- Your channel is part of a label network that works with a Partner Manager
- Your music is distributed by a music partner listed to Music Services Partners
Contact your label, digital distributor, or YouTube partner manager to get an Official Artist Channel and learn more about OACs and eligibility in the YouTube Help Center.
Official Artist Channels offer you new options for your channel layout and customization. In addition to standard channel sections, you can include the following sections on your Official Artist Channel: featured video, official music, albums, and customizable sections. You’ll want to choose a good channel name, engaging channel banner, and keep your Profile for Artists assets up to date.
Learn more about customizing and managing your Official Artist Channel.
If you remember the email associated with your YouTube channel, you can try to recover your account.
If you’ve lost access to the Google Account associated with your channel, follow these Steps.
If your music gets a Content ID claim, there are a couple of things you can do, depending on the situation. Learn more here.
For copyright takedowns, if you believe this was requested in error, you can resolve the copyright strike in three ways: wait for it to expire, get a retraction, or submit a counter notification. More details here.
There are many ways to grow your subscriber base, such as making effective thumbnails and titles, writing smart descriptions, and using cards or end screens to encourage your viewers to take action. Visit our Help Center to learn more.
Use YouTube Analytics to understand your video reach, for example: what’s the size of your active audience, how thumbnail impressions turned into views and watch time, etc. If you're an artist on YouTube and you have an Official Artist Channel, you can use the YouTube Studio app to see analytics. Analytics will show your data across all of the channels where your music resides (for example, artist owned & operated channel, topic channel, and VEVO).
Learn more about YouTube Analytics for Artists.
As an artist on YouTube, you're always looking to strengthen your relationship with your fans. Your Community tab gives you a fun way to share your creativity and complement your upload schedule, all while interacting with your audience on YouTube.
Live streaming lets you interact with your audience in real time with a video feed, chat, and more. To create a mobile live stream, you’ll need to meet the requirements.
1 On your phone or tablet, open the YouTube app.
2 At the bottom, click Create > Go live.
3 Starting your first live stream may take up to 24 hours. Once turned on, you can live stream instantly.
Learn more about how to go live and additional requirements.
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