Everyone knows that Black creators drive culture.
Nobody understands this better than YouTube. That’s why funding applications for the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund Class of 2022 will be filed on June 21st to help black content creators focus on their creative work.
Launched last year, YouTube’s $ 100 million #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund was created to help aspiring black musicians produce art that amplifies the voices, perspectives, and stories of all black artists around the world.
The announcement also highlighted that people based in the UK and Canada, Brazil, Australia, Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria are now eligible to apply.
“The YouTube Music team is excited to expand the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund and create new opportunities while reflecting on progress made so far,” said Alex Okosi, YouTube EMEA Managing Director for Emerging Markets. “During the six-month scholarship period, the scholars will take courses in music production, technology, songwriting, mixing, music business, and more,” he adds.
In an effort to continue to empower black voices and amplify the voices of songwriters and producers, Youtube will also partner with the renowned music education institution 1500 Sound Academy, led by Grammy-winning songwriters and producers James Fauntleroy and Larrance “Rance” Dopson Founded . Through an initial #YouTubeBlack Music Future Insiders scholarship and in partnership with the 1500 Sound Academy, Youtube will also fund 10 full-ride scholarships for the Academy’s Live Online 1500 Music & Industry Fundamentals program.
During the six-month scholarship period, the scholarship holders take courses in music production, engineering, songwriting, mixing, music business and much more.
Since its inception last year, the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund has also launched a content series and events honoring black culture. The line-up includes 2 Chainz ‘”Money Maker Fund” series, which awards a total of $ 55,000 to black entrepreneurs who have business ideas on the show, and Masego’s “Studying Abroad” livestream concert series.
During the first grade of 2021, the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund provided resources, including dedicated one-on-one support, seed funding, training and networking programs, that enabled the 21 scholarship holders to achieve incredible growth not only on YouTube but also in their careers.