You're about to opt into YouTube Music, but have some questions on how this is all going to work. The good news is, we have some answers!
The number one thing we hear is "How does this relate to the YouTube we all know and love?"
YouTube music is separate from what you normally see when you go to youtube.com. YouTube Music look and behaves like a streaming service, similar to Spotify or Apple Music. (Check it out) The great thing about this is that it means it pays like a streaming service. You will be paid per play on your music no matter whether you are a YouTube partner or not. More about payment schedule later.
That being said, YouTube Music does relate to YouTube in some ways. The number 1 way is "Art Tracks". You will see your tracks listed on YouTube as playable videos that just display your artist name, album title and track title. You are still paid per play on those videos just like you would be paid on YouTube Music.
How those art tracks relate to your YouTube Channel depends on whether you have an Official Artist Channel on YouTube Music. Three deliveries through a distributor (that's us!) qualify you for an official artist channel. The real key to making sure that your YouTube Music Official Artist Channel links up correctly to your YouTube Channel is to make sure the music videos on your YouTube Channel are listed in the music category.
Once you have an Official Artist Channel, the art tracks will appear as playlists on your YouTube Channel. You'll also get the sweet music note icon by your name in YouTube Music and on your YouTube Channel.
On to payment schedule as promised! YouTube Music statements will come in once a month for any streams from the month before, just like what you see with our other partners.