How Does Songtrust Pay YouTube Royalties?

Getting royalties from our YouTube Monitor

By registering for Songtrust, you are automatically opted-in to our YouTube Monitor that monetizes your compositions on YouTube.

Songtrust has a direct agreement with YouTube to collect mechanical royalties in the US and Brazil, only. While we do collect YouTube money globally, we are only direct with them for the USA and Brazil. All mechanical royalties generated outside of the US and Brazil, in addition to any performance royalties generated worldwide on YouTube, are collected by the corresponding society in each territory (where Songtrust has registered your songs), then paid to Songtrust.

We deliver metadata to YouTube (the ISRC) that allows the international societies to match their data with ours and monetize anything that is ours, so that all uses of your music are being monetized in all applicable territories. Any song that does not have an ISRC will not opt-in to YouTube.


Please note that videos that do not meet YouTube's new eligibility requirements (as of February 20, 2018) cannot be monetized. In order for YouTube to place ads on and monetize a video, the video must be on a channel that has at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time over the past 12 months.



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