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YouTube Announces New Batch Of Applications For Black Voices Fund

YouTube has announced that applications for its new batch of Black Voices Fund, Class of 2023, are now available.

The fund recognizes and equips Black creators, artists, songwriters, and producers with the resources and support to enable them to thrive on YouTube.

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The programme which started in 2020 has welcomed over 300 grantees from countries like: 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.

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YouTube Lead for Nigeria, Solafunmi Sosanya said:

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.

Creators qualified 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. Meanwhile, the brand has committed $100M for the YouTube Black Voices Fund,.

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Meanwhile, 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.

It was gathered that 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.

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Some of 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.

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Sosanya added:

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.

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