An Official Artist Channel is designed to help artists and their teams get the most out of YouTube and YouTube Music. Claim your Official Artist Channel today to gain access to analytics and tools that will help you engage with millions of fans and better manage your presence on the platform
As a CD Baby artist signed up for "Downloads and Streaming" distribution, your albums and singles will be delivered to YouTube Music automatically. YouTube will auto-generate a channel with the suffix "- Topic" like "Surfing - Topic." Claiming your Official Artist Channel will give you the tools you need to merge this Topic (music) channel with your personal artist channel.
You can now claim your YouTube Official Artist Channel from your CD Baby account here.
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Who can claim a YouTube Official Artist Channel?
CD Baby artists must have at least three active releases (these can be albums and/or singles) distributed by CD Baby to YouTube Music, and an Owned & Operated channel, with at least one user-uploaded music video, dedicated primarily to your music with no violations.
Note: These requirements changed in June, 2021. If you previously claimed your Official Artist Channel via your CD Baby account you do not need to worry. That will not be affected by these updated requirements whether you have successfully claimed the channel or are still waiting for official notice.
How long does it take?
While most requests should be processed within 6 weeks, some requests can take a bit longer. You’ll receive an email directly from YouTube letting you know the status of your Official Artist Channel. If you have not received an email from YouTube and it has been more than 6 weeks since you made the request, you can contact us for assistance here.
Why don't I see my artist listed?
- Only the primary artist listed on your release/s is supported.
- Your content was just recently delivered to YouTube Music and it’s still being processed.
- You don't meet the requirements yet.
- Your album’s release date is in the future.
- YouTube Music was not selected as part of your distribution options.
- Your release hasn’t passed inspection and therefore hasn’t been distributed.
- Your artist name doesn’t match or it was mixed up with another artist
- If this is the case file an artist separation. More info here.
Can I customize my page?
Yes! You now have the ability to reorder, add, remove the auto-generated “Music Videos” and “Albums & Singles” for greater control. However, you cannot modify the content within the shelves nor delete/modify shelves in YouTube Music. For support on organizing your channel, please see YouTube's help page.
I have multiple CD Baby accounts with the same artist, how do I link them together?
Currently, you can't merge them. We advise using the one you’re actively using or plan to use to release new music by that specific artist.
How do I change my Official Artist Channel?
Please make sure you are linking the correct artist to the correct YouTube channel. When you link your artist name to a YouTube channel and apply for a YouTube Official Artist Channel, if it is approved, that’s the channel you will be linked to. It may not be possible to change.
How do I revoke access?
Revoking OAuth access does NOT remove the Official Artist Channel designation from your YouTube channel.
To revoke CD Baby's OAuth access, you can log in to your Google account associated with the YouTube channel you linked and revoke access. This article covers the basic steps.
After you follow those steps, CD Baby won’t have access to your YouTube channel any longer. We’ll remove the link from our database within 30 days. You might still see a linked channel on the YouTube Official Artist Channel landing page in your CD Baby account for up to 30 days.
How do I reset the Official Artist Channel request?
To request a complete reset of your artist’s Official Artist Channel, the CD Baby support team must put through a special escalation request to YouTube’s support team to reset. We can only request to reset Official Artist Channels if they are truly associated with the wrong artist. To request a complete reset, fill out this form.
Keep in mind that doing so could result in the loss of subscriber count.
Refreshing your YouTube Official Artist channel through your CD Baby account
If you see a "refresh access" button next to your YouTube channel within your CD Baby account, don't panic! Refreshing access to your YouTube Official Artist Channel will make sure CD Baby can always deliver your new music to your OAC. Go ahead and click the button and re-authorize it.