"We’re incredibly proud of the progress made thus far, but like a marathon, we know we’ve got a long way to go," said YouTube's Tuma Basa.
The #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund is opening applications for its 2022 class and expanding eligibility to include songwriters and producers, the company announced today (June 9), alongside a string of other new initiatives to amplify Black voices on and off the platform.
Announced last year, the fund amplifies Black creators on YouTube by equipping them with resources and support to thrive on the platform. The fund will open grant applications for its 2022 class on June 21, and for the first time, the program is now open to those based in the UK and Canada (in addition to the U.S., Brazil, Australia, Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria).
In a company blog post, YouTube director of Black music & culture Tuma Basa also announced YouTube's partnership with music education institution 1500 Sound Academy to fund 10 full ride scholarships to its six-month live, online 1500 Music & Industry Fundamentals program, during which recipients take courses in music production, engineering, songwriting, mixing and the music business. Alongside the scholarships, Basa says YouTube has been working with "community-based organizations" to launch a "Future Insiders" program of quarterly workshops targeting 180 at-risk and underserved youth aspiring to enter the music and creative industries, a program which will expand globally later this year.