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How To Make Money On YouTube Music

Make money in one of the most popular music platforms in the world

YouTube Music is a streaming music platform that competes with other streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, etc. When we deliver our artist's and label's albums to this platform, YouTube creates what are known as "Art Tracks" for each of the songs on the album. An Art Track is simply a video on YouTube that plays the song and displays the album's cover art, title and artist name. When a user on YouTube watches/plays one of your Art Tracks, they are served an advertisement during the video which allows the view to be monetized. Alternatively, subscribers to YouTube's subscription service (YouTube Red) will not see any ads for Art Tracks in YouTube and money is earned based on the industry standard pro-rata share of subscription revenue.

Set your street date

You can set a specific street date in the future that you want your music to go live in YouTube Music allowing you time to prepare your marketing campaigns.

Sell your music in all YouTube Music stores worldwide:

United States


New Zealand


How do I start selling my music on YouTube Music?

This is the easy part! All you need to do is submit your album or single via your Dashboard at Catapult. You'll submit information like the title, artist, street date, etc. Then, you select the stores you want your music sent to and finally upload your audio files and cover art. Our system will then process your music and make sure it's all formatted correctly, and then deliver it to the stores world-wide. It's that simple.

How much does it cost to sell my music in YouTube Music?

Catapult does not charge any yearly fees or nickel and dime you for each store. Catapult charges only $9 per single or $25 per album which includes distribution to stores like iTunes, AmazonMP3, Google Play, Spotify, Rhapsody, eMusic, Rdio, Deezer, Tidal, iHeartradio, YouTube Music and many more.

Earn more revenue from our YouTube Sound Recording Collection Service

If you also utilize our YouTube Sound Recording Collection Service you can earn even more money from any videos in YouTube that are using your songs (Not just your Art Tracks in YouTube Music). Catapult will deliver your songs into YouTube's Content ID system which allows them to then scan the audio files and make a "fingerprint" of them. YouTube then searches their entire video library of hundreds of millions of user uploaded videos and finds every video that exists that might be using your songs. When YouTube finds a match, they then begin "monetizing" the views by displaying advertisements from their partners. Learn more about this optional service here.


What others are saying about Catapult

Shane & Shane"We love Catapult! They helped us distribute our albums into iTunes in only 24 hours! Plus, being able to login and view daily iTunes sales and chart data helps us to measure the effectiveness of our tour schedules. Couldn't recommend Catapult more!"

Shane & Shane - Independent Artist