Artists should know…: Do I get Youtube ad revenue? Are there vids with my music?…How does it work?

Peter Wells said in reply to Kevin Weiss…

Kevin, I know this is crazy complex, but artists need to know how it all works.

YouTube sells ads on videos whenever they can. They split the ad revenue with whomever put up the video. When that video has music in it, money needs to go to whomever controls the sound recording (Master) and/or the song (Composition). YouTube knows this and has to pay them, but often don’t know to whom.

Audiam was built to solve this problem. Anyone with a Master or Composition or both can tell us about it (free) and we’ll go to work finding videos all over YouTube that use even a tiny piece of their music. When we find it, we get YouTube to put ads on the video so the artist can get their fair share.

This leaves two cases:

1) We found videos using that music, but it’s the artists’s own music videos, on their own channel. In that case, we pass along 100% of whatever YouTube owes. Audiam takes 0%.

2) We found videos using the music, but the artist didn’t put them up: strangers did, or friends, or just random people who found the song somewhere, or a band doing a cover, anything like that. In this case, we pass along 75% of whatever YouTube owes. Audiam takes a 25% fee.

No matter what, the artist is going to see a report on their Audiam account showing every single video found with their music on it, including a link right to that video. Nothing could be more transparent. It’s all in our FAQ.

As for distribution into iTunes, Spotify, AmazonMP3, and so on, provided by our partner DistroKid, it’s very simple:

When iTunes (or any store) sells or streams a song, they take the money it earns and split it: the store keeps some, the rest goes to the artist. 100% of that artist share goes back to the artist: neither DistroKid nor Audiam takes a cut. That’s it, plain and simple.

How does DistroKid make it’s money? $19.99 at a time, per year. Once. You might have two songs or two thousand, one album or one million, it’s still only $19.99 for a whole year. Artists will see reports of every single song sold/streamed and how much it earned. Couldn’t be more clear.

Hope this helps.


(Reblogged from Hypebot,com comments section… )


This was good insight for artists on the breakdown re: revenue coming from, Audiam, and newer distribution service… From Mr. Peter Wells (who I believe works over at, who provided the info in the comments section…I thought that was awesome because plenty of people are a bit retarded and well, que sera sera but it was nice for Mr. Wells to go ahead and attempt to provide some info. Things have been changing fast…. New markets emerge and the new systems that are put in place to channel the monies that come in, are often not common knowledge/something you’d pick up from word of mouth. Being an Independant artist, I feel it’s crucial to keep aware of the constant changes of the industry and how you’ll be affected by it, because the more info you have, the better decisions you’ll be able to make. If you’d like to make a career out being an artist and not be broke all the time….you have to face the fact that unfortunately YOU are in charge of your revenue stream and there’s a lot of little different ways your music will (hopefully) bring in some cash, so you want to be able to max those revenue streams as best as you can.. (Because: Ultimately with more funds, you’ll be able to continue to make more music…yey!)

So don’t be afraid to learn and soak up as much info as ya can dudes….business is fun 🙂

Check these sites out…:

Great site with all sorts of tips and useful info:

and hope all is well…



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