Since we joined YouTube in February, we’ve been developing some brand new features for artists. By working hand-in-hand with the team at YouTube, we’ve been able to design and build improvements that will help any artist connect with their fans even more deeply than before. We’re excited to roll these new features out in 2017, but in order to pave the way for them, we need to make some important changes to the current BandPage service.
As of March 1, 2017, BandPage users will no longer have access to the BandPage editor, and we’ll be discontinuing the following features:
- Bandpage.com public-facing profiles
- The BandPage Facebook applications
- BandPage store and event features
- Facebook and Twitter integrations
- Website widgets
- Custom website
This also means that content distributed to third-party sites and services through these discontinued features may be deleted and will no longer display on partner platforms.
We realize these changes are significant, so we’re asking that all BandPage users take the following steps:
Before March 1, 2017, BandPage users should do the following:
- Backup your content and data. We want to make sure you don’t lose access to any of your available assets or data, such as your photos, mailing list, offers, and events data.
- Explore and set up alternative services for discontinued features. If you are interested in replacing discontinued features, you can find alternative third-party services by March 1, 2017.
- Update BandPage network syndication settings. Until you hear from us, we will continue to syndicate your artist profile photo and bio to our network partners as per your syndication settings on March 1, 2017.
You can read more about these changes and the actions you can take in our help center.
So what’s next? Create an artist profile on YouTube!
Throughout 2017, YouTube is ramping up their support of artists by releasing new features that will help them grow their fan bases, improve music discovery, and better connect with their fans. By setting up a YouTube artist profile, you’ll be eligible for all new features as they become available.
Before March 1, 2017, we encourage you to set up an artist profile on YouTube by transferring your BandPage photos and bio to a new or existing channel. Here’s how to make the move:
- Make sure all of the BandPage profiles you manage are eligible to move to YouTube: To be eligible, you must: 1) have at least a profile photo or bio on the BandPage you wish to move, AND 2) have “Admin” access to the BandPage profile. Learn more about eligibility for the move to YouTube here.
- Transfer your photo and bio to YouTube: It’s easy for you to create an artist profile by transferring your BandPage photos and bio to a new or existing YouTube channel. Please note that doing this removes your profile from BandPage. To learn more about creating an artist profile on YouTube, how it will affect your BandPage profiles, and how your assets may be displayed across YouTube, Google sites and the BandPage network, please visit our help center.
From the whole BandPage team, thank you for partnering with us over the last seven years. We couldn’t have built BandPage and the BandPage network without you, and we’re excited for what lies ahead as we continue our work at YouTube. Stay tuned for more news on new features!