Get paid when your music is used on YouTube

CD Baby has already paid over $2.5 million in YouTube revenue to independent artists like you, and we’re just getting started. When you opt in to CD Baby’s free sync licensing program, you’ll make money whenever your music is streamed via YouTube Music Key or used in YouTube videos —even if it’s just playing in the background. Encourage your friends and fans to add your music in their online videos and earn money from the results.

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Get your music added to YouTube's content ID system

YouTube can identify your tracks whenever they appear in a video (yes, even if it’s playing in the background of some silly cat video). When your music is ID’d, YouTube will run ads on that video and you will profit from each ad-click.

Make your music available on YouTube Music Key

Make your music available on YouTube Music Key

YouTube is already the #1 music discovery tool online. Now, when you opt in for CD Baby's sync licensing program, subscribers to YouTube Music Key will be able to listen to your songs and albums in high-quality audio, ad-free, on any iOS or Android device — even when disconnected from the Internet.

Make your music available to video creators

Make your music available to video creators

When you sign up with CD Baby’s Sync program, we’ll make sure that your music is added to, a website where video creators can purchase licenses for your music. Not only will you get paid for the license, you will also get paid ad revenue. The more your music is used, the more you profit.

Make money on other video sites

Make money on other video sites

Our Sync Licensing program covers much more than just YouTube, and includes dozens of other sites like Vimeo, SocialCam, Animoto, and Twitter. This gets you in front of more viewers, gets you more plays, and offers more opportunities for video creators to use and license your content.

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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I make money from YouTube?

There are two ways you can earn ad revenue from YouTube.

  • 1. Monetizing your songs: With CD Baby’s YouTube Monetization Program, we’ll make sure YouTube identifies ANY video that uses your music — and we’ll make sure you get paid a share of the ad revenue.
  • 2. Monetizing your YouTube channel: When you monetize your channel, you are able to make money off the videos you upload directly to your channel (whether or not they have your music). This does NOT monetize your songs across YouTube, meaning that when you monetize your channel, you are NOT making money from videos uploaded by your fans or other YouTube users.

Why should I have CD Baby help me monetize my music on YouTube?

  • We make it easy, and there’s no charge to get started (besides your initial CD Baby signup fee).
  • No need to set up another account: you’re already distributing your music through CD Baby!
  • You keep 100% of the ownership rights to your music. We just help you collect ad revenue for the usage of your music — ANYWHERE on YouTube.
  • You earn money when other people use your music in their videos, something you cannot do on your own.
  • CD Baby can also help you license your songs for film, TV, commercials, games, and more.

How do my songs and videos generate revenue on YouTube?

All the money is generated by ads on the videos. You’ll earn money from an ad on your video if someone:

  • clicks the text or banner ad
  • watches the entire commercial, or at least 30 seconds of the commercial (if it’s longer than 30 seconds).

Do I still own all my rights?

Absolutely. You always keep 100% of your rights. We just help you get paid.

How do I know if I qualify for YouTube monetization?

Do you own the rights to the master recording and the composition (lyrics and melody)? If so, you qualify. In other words, you can’t monetize cover songs or works of public domain. But otherwise, you’re all set!

I’m already collecting ad revenue on my own YouTube channel. Will you now take a commission on that?

If you are already making money from monetizing your YouTube channel, CD Baby will still collect revenue for the videos that contain your songs that are a part of our YouTube monetization program. You can do one of the following things:

  • Keep things simple and let us take over the management of ad revenues for your YouTube channel. There are no payout thresholds to meet when you go through CD Baby.
  • Have CD Baby “whitelist” your channel. This will allow you to continue collect revenues directly from your channel while giving CD Baby the ability to collect ad revenue whenever your music appears in someone else’s video.
  • Opt-out of CD Baby’s YouTube monetization program. However, this will remove your music from YouTube’s Content ID system that enables you to make money off of other videos on YouTube that are using your music.

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