Grant applications for the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund Class of 2022 will open on 21 June 2021. Eligibility of applicants has been expanded to include songwriters and producers. In addition to the USA, Brazil and Australia, this will allow Black artists residing in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Canada and the UK to apply.
From @2Chainz' Money Maker Fund to @FireboyDML's Africa Month celebration, let's shine a light on one year of achievements with the #YouTubeBlack Voices fund. We're excited to expand our commitment to Black music, read about open applications for 2022 ↓ https://t.co/QzOAuMsQVp— YouTube Music (@youtubemusic) June 9, 2021
YouTube Music is also launching a new partnership with music education institution 1500 Sound Academy, founded by grammy-award winning songwriters and producers, James Fauntleroy and Larrance “Rance” Dopson. Through the inaugural #YouTubeBlack Music Future Insiders Scholarship, YouTube will fund ten full scholarships to the Academy’s Live Online 1500 Music & Industry Fundamentals programme.
Alex Okosi, Youtube’s EMEA managing director for emerging markets, said, “The YouTube Music team is excited to expand the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund and create new opportunities while also reflecting on the progress made to date.The six-month scholarship term will see recipients undertake courses in music production, engineering, songwriting, mixing, music business and much more."
Through the inaugural Class of 2021, the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund provided resources which included dedicated one-on-one support, seed funding, training and networking programs which enabled the 21 grantees to achieve incredible growth - in YouTube and in their careers. Some of these achievements include:
Future Insiders aims to equip at-risk and underserved youth, who aspire to enter the music and creative industries, with skills on content development. Following the programme’s early success, Future Insiders will be expanded globally with more details to be shared later this year.
Moreover, to celebrate Black culture, YouTube Music has activated #YouTubeMusic Moments - a collection of content series, live streams and events whose primary goal is to celebrate Black culture, identity and experiences from the perspective of Black artists and thought leaders in music.
YouTube remains committed to being an advocate and ally to the diverse communities that call the platform home and will continue to expand its efforts to support other marginalised and underrepresented communities.