YouTube Now Accepts Tips for Musicians

Artists and rights holders do make money from YouTube, of course. There’s a standard YouTube license that allows the service to carry the music which funnels a portion of the proceeds from all those annoying ads (the pre-roll videos and the stuff that clutters up the lower third of the screen) to the people who deserve to get.  Psy, for example, made many millions from just YouTube plays of “Gangnam Style.”

But like I said, those ads can be annoying even if they are very necessary to the financial ecosystem. However, that could change with the advent of a new “tip jar” approach that YouTube has rolled out in the US, Mexico, Australia and Japan.

Like a band and want to support them with a little extra sumthing-sumthing? Then click on the icon and transfer some money from your Google wallet. Think of it as the virtual version of tossing some coin in that busker’s guitar case. RAIN has the whole story here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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