How Artists Make Money on YouTube

If you’ve been paying attention to popular music these days, you’ve noticed that YouTube is propelling songs to mainstream success. “Gucci Gang,” “The Race,” “Rubbin Off the Paint”—all of these songs went from YouTube viral status to the Billboard Hot 100, launching the associated artists to stardom.

Well, stardom’s great and everything, but what about money? Surely getting tens of millions of YouTube plays must lead to riches, right? After all, don’t you get money every time someone clicks on your video? As it turns out, not exactly. As a musician, you can make money off of YouTube, and a lot of people do. But it takes a lot of views to make real money. The reality is that YouTube’s payouts are incredibly complicated and, often, incredibly small.

Here, then, are answers to some of the big questions you might have if you’re going to try and money with your music on YouTube. Good luck, and may the viral gods be with you.

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lkasgn lasgnlkasg says:

2:38 you know I had to do it to em

Ant & Haylie says:

Rice gum gotta be makin like 25k-30k a month

Gem Stone Music says:


Conner koskela says:

Rice made $60,000 from 20 million views

AyeHue says:

Make money from ads lol my vids are trash

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Praise Thestudent says:

can someone explain the hate on frazier?

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Daniel says:

All that not factoring YouTube’s wonky algorithms that can demonitized your video for absolutely no reason.

Rob A says: is the answer bro.

NestaOG says:

I would upload my songs on YouTube but I live in a place where no one cares lol

Xay. As in Zay says:

Thought y’all niggas talkin about drawing shit. Change the title to “Music Artist”

I Met You Today says:

This tutorial should have millions of views, but the majority only care about posting, and not learning the system. I hope the majority could wake up, and just listen for a second. Knowledge of the skill you have will only help your growth…

Jtwpayne says:

This is sad every kid wants to be a YouTuber now an make money off YouTube videos. I remember back in the day 06-2013 YouTube videos were free creators weren’t expected to make shit

stylist says:

he tryin so hard to show off that bum ass watch he got his sleeve rolled up to his elbow lmfao frazer truly is a clown

PYREX KID says: my new single don’t for get to subscribe

Mad Villain says:

You’re getting better Frazier, keep it up

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Jay Squidicc says:

Frazier I wanna stop hating but you just won’t stop giving me reasons dog.

Nino Dalocsta says:

Black monday you mean?

Ryan Bamford says:

If you an artist don’t forget it ain’t about the money, obviously make money whilst you work but work hard for the music not the money

TBL I says:

ok cool

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