Grow Your Audience: How to Properly Cover Songs on YouTube

YouTube is a powerful platform for reaching a large audience and monetizing your music, but it can also be challenging to navigate the legal and financial aspects of the music industry. Here’s a quick guide on how to properly monetize your cover songs on YouTube.

Step By Step

Get permission: Before you upload your cover song to YouTube, make sure you have the proper permissions from the original copyright owners. This includes obtaining a mechanical license from the original publisher, and in some cases, obtaining a synchronization license for the visual aspect of your video. You can obtain a mechanical license through organizations like Harry Fox Agency or through online services like TuneCore or CD Baby.

DISCLAIMER: Mechanical licenses only cover the RECORDING of a cover song, not the VIDEO. You may get flagged if you post a cover song with visual aids. 

Claim your songs: Make sure your cover songs are properly registered with YouTube’s Content ID system. This will ensure that you receive any monetization revenue generated by your videos, as well as protect your rights as a cover artist. Here is a support article if you are having trouble with this, link.

Optimize your video: To maximize the revenue generated from your cover songs on YouTube, it’s important to optimize your video. This includes creating high-quality, engaging content that will attract and retain viewers, and including keywords in your video title and description to improve visibility in search results. This is a helpful keyword generator.

Monetize your videos: Once you’ve registered your cover songs with YouTube’s Content ID system, you can start monetizing your videos. This can include displaying ads before, during, or after your videos, as well as receiving revenue from YouTube Premium members who watch your videos without ads. Options for how you want to monetize your videos are given in this support article.

Promote your videos: This may seem like the most obvious of all the steps, but to reach a wider audience and generate more revenue from your cover songs on YouTube, it’s important to promote your videos. This can include sharing your videos on your social media channels, collaborating with other musicians and content creators, and participating in YouTube communities related to music and covers. Best of all, join our community of music creators here and grow your audience through collaboration!

Wrap Up

By following these steps, you can properly monetize your cover songs on YouTube and reach a large, engaged audience. However, it’s important to stay informed and adapt to changes in the music industry, as well as YouTube’s monetization policies.

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