Channel released by an MCN

On 16 January 2018, we announced new eligibility requirements for the YouTube Partner Programme. Previously, the requirement to join the YouTube Partner Programme was 10,000 lifetime views. Now, once a channel reaches 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months and 1,000 subscribers it will be reviewed to join the programme. Channels that are in an MCN and below this threshold will be released from the MCN.

Joining the YouTube Partner Programme (YPP) is a requirement for all affiliate channels in multi-channel networks (MCNs). Channels that are in an MCN and below the YPP threshold will be released from the MCN.

When an MCN releases a channel from their network, it can cause monetisation status to change. Follow the instructions if this article if you're released from an MCN.

Check your monetisation status

When you're released, it's important to check whether your channel is enabled for monetisation. You may be automatically linked to your previous content owner and automatically approved for the YouTube Partner Programme.

If your channel is not enabled for monetisation, take the following steps:

  1. Apply to join the YouTube Partner Programme (YPP) even if your channel was previously in YPP. Your channel will be reviewed to join once it meets the programme eligibility threshold
  2. Link your channel to an active AdSense account and make sure you set up a form of payment. You need an AdSense account to get paid.
  3. Make sure that ads are on for the videos that you want to monetise.
  4. Confirm your upload defaults so that every upload is automatically monetised according to your settings.
Note: When you meet the YouTube Partner Programme eligibility threshold, do not create a new AdSense account if you have an existing account. Duplicate AdSense accounts are against AdSense policy.

Download historical revenue data

If you haven't been released by an MCN yet, you can download your reports from YouTube Analytics. Once you've been released from your MCN, you will no longer see the revenue that you earned while you were in the MCN. Other historical information such as views and engagement metrics will still be visible in YouTube Analytics after your channel has been released.

Useful resources

Remember that there are many resources that are available to you.

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