Official Artist Channel



OAC stands for Official Artist Channel.

YouTube has created this concept to link users' accounts so they are under one channel.

For example - instead of having an official channel, a separate YouTube Music artist channel, and a Vevo channel appearing in a search, users will now only see the Official Artist Channel.


How do I get an OAC? 

To be eligible for an Official Artist Channel, make sure that you meet the following requirements: 

  1. You must own and operate a YouTube channel that represents one artist or band.
  2. Have at least 3 official releases on YouTube delivered and distributed by a music distribution partner (this can be audio or video releases). 
  3. Have at least 3 videos uploaded to your personal channel in addition to the 3 releases from a distributor mentioned above
  4. Have no policy violations on your channel. 

If you meet the above requirements, please submit a help request from your account under Help Submit Help Request and provide the below URLs in the ticket:

  • Your YouTube Main Channel URL
  • Your YouTube Topic (YouTube Music) Channel URL
  • Your VEVO Channel URL (if applicable). A VEVO channel is not required in order to be eligible or an OAC.

Will Vevo videos be visible on my OAC channel? 

Yes, if you see any missing videos, feel free to submit a help request with us. 

When a Vevo video goes live, do users get a notification if they are only subscribed to the OAC channel?

Yes, as long as your YouTube and Vevo channels are linked, your subscribers will receive a notification that your Vevo video is live.

I've delivered a video to my OAC, will this also appear on my Vevo channel?

No, the video will only appear on your OAC. In order for the video to appear on both channels, you will need to request the video to be moved. You may submit a Help Request from your account under Help ► Submit Help Request.

You can read more information about Official Artist Channels on YouTube's Support page.

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