Even as BandPage is shutting down tools and features that many musicians and music marketers had come to reply on, it is promising that new discovery and D2F features for YouTube creators will be rolled out in 2017.
"Since we joined YouTube in February, we’ve been developing some brand new features for artists," the BandPage team wrote in a blog post. "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."
The post left many musicians scrambling for alternatives. [We've posted some BandPage alternatives here.] BandPage is also encouraging users to move their content asap by transferring BandPage photos and bio to a new or existing YouTube channel.
"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," the post continued. "By setting up a YouTube artist profile, you’ll be eligible for all new features as they become available."