Make sure you’re monetized.
YouTube will only pay out micro-sync royalties if a video has been properly monetized. The rate per stream varies based on the advertisement the video runs, and, like other format of streaming, amounts to only a fraction of a penny per each play. But of course, these micro-pennies add up when a video goes viral.
The rate will also fluctuate depending on such factors as how long a video is watched and how many comments it has. In most instances, earnings are split between the video content owner, the sound recording owner, and the writer/publisher share percentages for the underlying composition.
For more about how YouTube works for today’s creators, check out our Beginner’s Guide.
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