Google Payments and Google Payments Merchant Center
The Google Play artist hub uses your Google Payments Merchant Center account to pay you for sales on music that you sell on Google Play, and Google Payments to purchase your Google Play store page.
- When you claim or create your Google Play store page, the artist hub requires a Google Payments account so that you can pay Google Play for the one-time signup fee.
- When you are ready to upload music to sell on Google Play, the Google Play artist hub requires a Google Payments Merchant Center account so that Google Play can pay you for revenue share earned. You will be receiving your payouts from Google Play via Google Payments Merchant Center. To receive your revenue share payouts for content sold on Google Play, you will also be required to complete a W-9 or W8-BEN and will also need to provide a valid checking account that will be verified before any payments have been delivered. These are all a part of the Google Payments Merchant Center account.
Note: If you are an artist who is coming to Google Play via your label or distributor, and will not be submitting your content directly via the artist hub, you will not need to set up a Google Payments or a Google Payments Merchant Center account--we will be paying your label or distributor directly for your sales.
Creating a Google Payments Account
Upon agreeing to the terms of service, you will need to set up your google payment account to pay the one time artist registration fee and also to get paid. This has to be done even if you have waived the registration fee by claiming an existing page.
- First, select the artist that you'd like to claim.
- Next, you will need to pay for the artist page. Click Complete Using Google Payments.
- After that, you will be asked to confirm you are currently logged into the correct Google account.
- To complete the purchase, enter an existing credit or debit card (or you can add a new card) and click Buy.
You may see an authorization fee on your bank statement as we attempt to authorize your credit or debit card. This fee is not an actual charge, and no money will be debited from your account. If you have questions about authorization fees, check out this help center.
Creating a Google Payments Merchant Center Account
In order to upload and sell your music on Google Play, you will need to have a Google Payments Merchant Center account. Please note that your Google Payments Merchant Center account is different than your Google Payments account, which you will use to buy your Google Play store page and any other content on Google Play.
To create your Google Payments Merchant Center account:
- Log into your Google Play artist hub account.
- Click into the Payments tab. This will bring you the Payments Console.
- You will see a dialogue indicating that you need to create a Google Payments Merchant Center account. Complete the the required fields and read the terms of service.
- Check the box next to "I have read and accept these documents," and then click Complete Signup.
- You now have a Google Payments Merchant Center account!
When creating your Google Payments Merchant Center account, your business name does not need to match your artist name.
At the top of the Payment Console there is a drop down warnings bar. Clicking on this will highlight any outstanding issues or warnings that may be related to your payments (no payment set up, billing address required, etc). Issues can be addressed directly from the links in the warnings.
This section indicates your current earnings as well as your progress towards your payment threshold. Your payment threshold is configured in the Payment Schedule section of the Settings panel.
Click on View Transactions on the Transactions panel for detailed information on your transaction history. In the Transactions console, clicking on a payment period will allow you to see the transactions for that period. You are able to switch between detailed transaction view and summary view. You can also filter by transaction type (all, earnings, payments, adjustments, taxes).
How You Get Paid
This panel will display your current payment method. If you have not set up a payment method, you can do so by clicking on Add Payment Method. From there, you will be taken to a form that will allow you to complete your bank information. Don't forget to click Save once complete.
The payment Settings panel will highlight any outstanding concerns with your payment settings. Click Manage Settings to edit details.
The Settings console is broken down into important several sections:
- Payment accounts info. This panel includes:
- Your Payments account nickname (optional). This is useful if you have multiple payment accounts and require an easy way to distinguish between different account.
- Your Payments account ID. Your payments account ID may be shown on your invoices or other billing documents.
- Payment Schedule
- Increase payout threshold allows you to adjust the minimum earnings to trigger a payout.
- The payment schedule is not changeable, but you can apply a self-hold to prevent payout by clicking on Schedule my payout (maximum of one year hold). Please note that changes to the self-hold must be made before your statement date to affect this month’s payment cycle.
- Payments Profile
- Payments profile ID. The Payments profile ID (formerly Billing ID) is the unique number we use to identify the legal entity responsible for bills associated with this Payments account. The legal entity is the organization or individual to which this Payments account is registered.
- Country. Set the base region for your payment profile.
- Account Type. Your account type and country determine the taxes added to your charges and the types of documents you receive.
- Tax Info. Enter your tax information here.
- Business name and address. Enter you business name and address here.
- Document language preference. Select the preferred language for your communications
- Payments contacts. Set up email addresses to be included on various payment related communications