Is There Anything That Prevents Videos From Being Monetized on YouTube?

Yes - Certain requirements, set by Youtube, must first be met.

As of February 20, 2018, YouTube has enacted new eligibility requirements for monetization. In order for us to place ads on and monetize a video, the video must be on a channel that has at least 1,000 subscribers, 4,000 hours of watch time over the past 12 months, live in a country/region where the YouTube Partner Program is available, and have a linked Adsense account. If a video has had over 10,000 views, YouTube will review them manually to determine monetization eligibility.

Songtrust automatically delivers any songs in your account that has at least one recording / ISRC attached to it to YouTube’s Content ID system. YouTube Content ID then uses the provided metadata to scan uploaded videos for matching content. This enables us to claim the majority of monetizable videos on that platform automatically for you, without you having to send us the link manually. We are paid by YouTube on a monthly basis, and pay these royalties out at the end of the following quarter with our regular distribution.

If you do come across any videos (with 10,000 views or more) that are using your music and did not get automatically claimed through YouTubes Content ID system, such as cover videos or videos of live sets, you can submit them to us in the Manual Claims section of your Youtube Monitor and our team will review and claim it for you.

Lastly, please note that Songtrust monetizes compositions only. If you own your sound recordings, you'll want your distributor/label/a third party to help monetize those on your behalf.


PRO TIP: If you do have a YouTube channel, we highly suggest you join the YouTube Partner Program and add your channel to your YouTube Tool. This will allow you to monetize your own uploaded content without having to go through Songtrust. We will still claim any videos on other users' channels, provided that they do not have a proper agreement with you in place.



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