Research Article

Crucial Quality Features of Visual Artists’ and DIY-Musicians’ YouTube Channels


YouTube offers new possibilities for visual artists and DIY-musicians to increase their visibility. Applying a descriptive-exploratory approach, this paper identifies existing quality features: A comprehensive literature overview serves to extract and cluster quality features for YouTube. Two studies of 30 YouTube channels of visual artists and of 30 channels of DIY-musicians are used to test the identified quality features via content analysis. Qualitative expert interviews are used to validate and enrich the results for both art forms. For both groups of artists, the features technical quality, community building, target group orientation, connection to social media and appealing channel design are relevant. In addition, features were identified that are particularly important for either visual artists or DIY-musicians.