YouTube Black Voices Fund Class of 2023 for Black Creators: YouTube has announced that applications for its Black Voices Fund, Class of 2023, are now available. The fund created in 2020 recognizes and quips Black creators, artists, songwriters, and producers with the resources and support to enable them to thrive on YouTube.
Black creators have played an important role in shaping the culture on YouTube. From fashion and comedy to politics, learning and wellness, these creators have propelled our platform forward.
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Since its inception in 2020, the program has welcomed over 300 grantees from Australia, Brazil, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and the United States, and includes musicians, beauty entrepreneurs, comedians, activists, poets, personal trainers, parents, photographers, gamers, and more.
In 2020, we announced the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund, which was created to directly support Black creators and artists so that they can thrive on YouTube. Last year, we announced our first class of 133 creators and artists from around the world. It included musicians, beauty entrepreneurs, comedians, activists, poets, personal trainers and more. These creators went on to hit subscriber milestones, lead meaningful discussions related to Black life and culture, and pursue new businesses.
YouTube Class of 2023 Black Voices Fund Application
Two years ago we announced the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund to amplify Black perspectives and experiences. We also wanted to directly support Black creators, artists, songwriters and producers so they can be equipped with the resources to thrive here on YouTube. Our hope is to continue to support and celebrate these creators as they show their talent and uniqueness throughout our platform. If that sounds like you, then submit your Black Voices Fund Application for the class of 2023!
Alumni from this program include Grammy Award-winning producer Jay Versace, E! People’s Choice Award Nominee The Odditty and Webby Award winning group the Critics Company, These are just a few of the many talented creators and artists who are shaping the culture.
“The African creator community is filled with so many talented, brilliant, passionate, and driven creatives, and we’re honored to equip these talented creators and artists with additional resources to match their drive. At YouTube, we’ve always tried to facilitate the rise of diverse voices, all inclusive of gender and race. Through the Black Voices Fund, in the past two years we’ve been able to amplify the perspectives and experiences of these diverse creators,” says Solafunmi Sosanya, YouTube Lead for Nigeria.
Creators selected for the program will receive funding that will be invested into the development of their channels. They will also receive dedicated partner support and get the opportunity to participate in bespoke training, workshops and networking programs.
Apart from having committed $100M for the YouTube Black Voices Fund, YouTube has also partnered with community-based groups to build the Future Insiders program, – specifically targeting over 180 at-risk and underprivileged students who are interested in a future in the music and creative professions. Participants in the program take part in quarterly sessions that cover YouTube success, career routes, accessing talent and thought leaders, and well-being.
The 2021 BVF cohort included 133 grantees hailing from the United States, Kenya, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, and Nigeria-with 26 creators and artists from Africa.
Alumni from the continent include reality star entertainer Lasizwe Dambuza, personal trainer and health and wellness advocate Mitchelle Adagala, musician Sho Madjozi and TV presenter, entrepreneur and actress Tomike Adeoye.
“Africa is overflowing with incredible talent. We are excited to discover the amazing creators the next round of applications will bring with it as we continue to invest in the amplification of Black creators,” concludes Sosanya.
How to Apply for YouTube Class of 2023 Black Voices Fund Application
For more information on the Black Voices Fund or to apply, you can visit the application page at https://www.youtube.com/creators/black-voices-fund/