How To Claim Your YouTube Official Artist Channel On Distribution Platforms!

How To Claim Your YouTube Official Artist Channel On Distribution Platforms!

If you're an artist, your Official Artist Channel combines all of your content from your various YouTube channels into a single place. Your music archive, including music videos, songs, and albums, is automatically programmed onto two new shelves by the platform. Your fans won't know what is what, which channel to subscribe to, or what to watch if you don't have an Official Artist Channel. 

Official artist channels provide the following services:

  • Content organization: The Official Artist Channel design automatically divides your music collection into album sections and your Official Music Videos into a new playlist. You can move, delete, and re-add any one of these auto-generated music categories from your channel.
  • Choose what you'd like to showcase in the featured video slot for advertising purposes.
  • Fan engagement: On YouTube, there is one verified and official channel where you can directly reach out to and engage with your fans.

This guide will show how to get an Official YouTube Channel on different distribution platforms.

CD Baby

If you’re using CD Baby to distribute your music to digital music platforms, your albums and singles would be sent to YouTube Music. When this happens, YouTube automatically generates a “Topic” channel in your name. According to CD Baby, artists must have at least three active releases distributed to YouTube Music, as well as an Owned & Operated personal channel dedicated primarily to your music that is enrolled in the YouTube Partner Program and has no violations. 

To claim your official artist channel on CD Baby, 

  • Head to your CD Baby dashboard
  • Move over to the “featured tools” section and go down to “Claim an official artist channel with YouTube

cd baby dashboard

  • Click that and scroll down to find the artist name you want access to.
  • Click on “Get Access” next to the artist name and that will start the process of getting verified and claiming your official artist channel.


After you click on “Get Access” you will be asked to enter your Google or YouTube credentials. If you have multiple logins on YouTube, please make sure you are entering the correct credentials for that artist profile you are trying to claim. 

This usually takes about two weeks or a little bit longer, but you will get an email directly from YouTube once you’ve been approved.


Claiming your Official Artist Channel on YouTube is quick and easy when you use DistroKid.

How to claim your YouTube Official Artist Channel:

  • As an artist, ensure you already have a YouTube channel dedicated to your content, and this channel also has artist content uploaded to it. If you don't have any, please create one and give it your artist name.

  • Make sure your artist has at least one release that has selected "Google Play/YouTube" as a streaming service within DistroKid.

  • Go to the YouTube Official Artist Channel section of your DistroKid account. To get there:

    - Select the Goodies menu in the upper right
    - Select "Special access"

claim YouTube artist channel on distrokid


- Select  "YouTube Official Artist Channel"


  • Select the artist you want to associate with your YouTube channel.

  • Authenticate into your YouTube account.

  • Claim your channel!


In order for your YouTube Channel to qualify, you must own and manage the artist channel you're requesting, as well as have at least three Official Music Videos released on the YouTube platform via TuneCore.

  • Go to the YouTube For Artists page on your Tunecore dashboard.
  • Select an artist in the dropdown menu (Note: only eligible artists will be displayed).
  • You will then be directed to YouTube to sign in to your account. This is the account with which you want to be associated with that artist.
  • After successfully logging in, a request for authorization will be sent to YouTube.

You’ll receive an acknowledgment email confirming your request was received.

United Masters

According to United Masters, they deliver your music to YouTube as Art Tracks. YouTube then creates auto generated “Topic” channels to house those tracks. However, unfortunately they do not have an automated solution for that as of yet. We will update this post when they do or you can join our mailing list to get first hand information on our latest posts and promotional content.

Note: You can apply for a new channel to be designated as an Official Artist Channel, but if that channel does not already have independent content, the request may take longer to process

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