Last month we had two big announcements: We now help songwriters and composers make money on YouTube, and we’ve partnered with INDMUSIC, the largest independent music network. We’ve seen a bunch of questions come in from our artists, and wanted to address two of the big ones:
Question: Why am I receiving claims against music on my own YouTube Channel? How can I get out of that?
Answer: You can absolutely request that your personal YouTube channel not be monetized by TuneCore and INDMUSIC, it’s no problem. All you need to do is ‘Whitelist’ your Channel. Here’s how:
Login to your TuneCore account, click ‘Publishing Administration’ at the top, then select ‘YouTube Preferences.’ Under number 2 where it says ‘Monetize your YouTube channel,’ just select ‘No, don’t monetize my channel.’ By choosing this option, we won’t monetize your personal channel. You’ll see the whitelisting take effect within 10 business days after you’ve made the request in your account. If you choose to whitelist your account, TuneCore and INDMUSIC will still monetize other people’s videos on YouTube that use your music, and you’ll collect that money.
Here’s what you’ll see in your account:
(Just so you’re aware, if you do choose to whitelist your account, you’ll be unable to join the INDMUSIC network and take advantage of their channel optimization services.)
Question: Why are you monetizing my music on YouTube? And why is INDMUSIC involved?
Answer: When you signed up for a publishing deal with TuneCore, you granted us the right to collect the royalties your compositions earn when they’re downloaded, streamed, and used around the world. We collect all sorts of royalty types, for example, royalties earned when your compositions are played on AM/FM radio, royalties earned when your songs are streamed on interactive music services like Spotify, and royalties earned when your music is synchronized with a moving image, like on YouTube.
So when someone uses your music on YouTube, a synchronization fee is owed, and claim that on your behalf, under the terms of our publishing administration service, since we license your compositions. We’re making a claim at YouTube so we can monetize your compositions and pay you what you’re owed for the use of your intellectual property. When it comes to YouTube monetization, a synchronization license and a license for the sound recording are both needed to generate revenue, and per our terms and conditions, we can license both if the composition was distributed by TuneCore.
The reason you’re seeing INDMUSIC’s name, is because we’ve partnered with INDMUSIC to license your sound recordings (which we pay through to you). INDMUSIC is claiming the Sound Recording (if you own the master), and they’re monetizing it and paying you those royalties, all through your TuneCore Music Publishing account. So with INDMUSIC involved, you’re making even more money when your music is used on YouTube.
Still got questions? Check out our frequently asked questions when it comes to YouTube. And if you have other issues to address regarding YouTube and your TuneCore Music Publishing Administration agreement please shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, learn more about our partner INDMUSIC in our interview with Co-Founder/CEO Brandon Martinez.