So you’re an independent artist looking around on YouTube when suddenly you stumble across your favorite artist or band. You notice something about their channel, a music note next to their name. You might ask yourself, “how do I get one of those?’. Well, we’re here to help.
Essentially, a music note on YouTube is similar to a blue tick on Instagram; it just lets everybody know you’re legit and verified, But there’s more to it than meets the eye. You see, this simple icon isn’t just verification for your channel, it gives you access to more features you can use to promote your music. What artist doesn’t want that?
So how do you gain access? Well, in this guide we’ll go over the process of setting up an official artist channel as well as all the benefits the feature has to offer.
Getting Set Up
First & foremost, you need to understand the requirements YouTube has to set up your Official Artist Channel. There are only 2 requirements:
• You need to own & operate the channel you’re making the request for.
• You need at least 3 Official Music Videos released on the YouTube platform.
If for any reason you don’t already have 3 Official Music Videos, please check out our guide on getting a great music video and feel free to return here when you’ve finished to continue with the process. For those of you that meet these two requirements, congratulations! You’re only a few steps away from setting up your Official Artist Channel.
To get started, you’ll have to submit a request to YouTube’s artist support team in order to gain access. To do so, you’re required to email YouTube at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to introduce yourself, let them know you’re applying for an Official Artist Channel, and provide the following list of items to speed the process up!
• Artist Name
• Topic Channel URL
• At least 3 Official Music Video URL’s
• Artist Label / Sub-Label
Once you have provided them with all of these items, they are likely to reply letting you know they’ve made the request for your channel. Expect the first reply in 3-5 business days. The process of being accepted for an OAC is usually longer than one month, so don’t get discouraged if they haven’t accepted you within a week! Everyone will get the chance for their channel to be reviewed.