Note: As of June 21, 2018, the Sponsorships feature has been renamed Channel Memberships.
  • No code changes are needed for existing API implementations for Sponsors.
  • Developers who want to add Channel Memberships to their API implementation should still use the sponsors.list method to do so.

A sponsor resource represents a channel member (formerly known as a "sponsor") for a YouTube channel. A member provides recurring monetary support to a creator and receives special benefits. For example, members are able to chat when the creator turns on members-only mode for a chat.


The API supports the following methods for sponsors resources:

Lists sponsors for a channel. The API request must be authorized by the channel owner. Try it now.

Resource representation

The following JSON structure shows the format of a sponsors resource:

  "kind": "youtube#sponsor",
  "etag": etag,
  "id": string,
  "snippet": {
    "channelId": string,
    "sponsorDetails": {
      "channelId": string,
      "channelUrl": string,
      "displayName": string,
      "profileImageUrl": string
    "sponsorSince": datetime


The following table defines the properties that appear in this resource:

kind string
Identifies the API resource's type. The value will be youtube#sponsor.
etag etag
The Etag of this resource.
id string
The ID that YouTube assigns to uniquely identify the sponsor.
snippet object
The snippet object contains details about the sponsor.
snippet.channelId string
This ID identifies the channel being sponsored.
snippet.sponsorDetails object
This object contains details about the sponsor.
snippet.sponsorDetails.channelId string
The YouTube channel ID.
snippet.sponsorDetails.channelUrl string
The channel's URL.
snippet.sponsorDetails.displayName string
The channel's display name.
snippet.sponsorDetails.profileImageUrl string
The channels's avatar URL.
snippet.sponsorSince datetime
The date and time when the user became a sponsor. The value is specified in ISO 8601 (YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ss.sZ) format.