How to make money with your music on YouTube

I know that it's possible to make money from YouTube, but where does that money come from? How do you get it? Where is this detailed monetization dashboard hiding? "They say" to just monetize your channel to make money. Well, I monetized the channel, ads started appearing before my videos or as pop ups during the videos... so where is my money. Right? 

Well (correct me if I'm wrong!) you have to also have an AdSense account linked to your YouTube channel to actually see that money! AND you have to hit a minimum threshold to actually get paid! Sounds like such a hassle and pain. Yet, we're all sitting here with ads on our videos because we thought we were supposed to monetize our channel! Or maybe that's just me? Either way, I stumbled across something today that sounds like an amazing solution for musicians.

The answer? TuneCore! Intrigued? Here's what "THEY say"...  

You can earn money when your sound recordings are used anywhere on YouTube. You earn money when other people use your sound recordings in their videos and on your own YouTube videos. TuneCore can collect all this revenue for you.
With this service, you select tracks you want to “monetize” (collect money on) and set channel preferences. We submit your eligible tracks to YouTube. YouTube’s Content ID system identifies your sound recordings and your revenue everywhere it can be found. TuneCore gets the revenue from YouTube and deposits it directly in your TuneCore account. There is a low, one-time setup fee of $10 for all your current and future sound recordings and you keep 80% of collected revenue!

I don't know about you, but I'm about to go set this up for several clients! I'll keep you posted... 

Have you used YouTube and AdSense? Have you used TuneCore to collect sound recording revenue? Please do tell in the comments!

Katherine Forbes

Nashville, TN