South African, Kenyan and Nigerian artists and creators can apply for grants from Youtube’s Black Voices Fund. The global $100m fund will, over the next three years, offer support to Black artists and creators so that they can thrive on YouTube.
The Black Voices Fund will invest with the intention to “present fresh narratives that emphasise the intellectual power, authenticity, dignity and joy of Black voices, as well as to educate audiences about racial justice,” says Alex Okosi, MD, Emerging Markets, YouTube EMEA,
The #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund was first announced in June. “This year the fund will be focusing its efforts on creators within the US, Brazil and Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa,” says Okosi. “Our goal is to expand funding to more countries over the course of the next three years. Additionally, we hope to provide a consistent drumbeat of educational training, workshops, and community events to Black creators and artists globally.”
The #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund is part of the work currently underway to ensure that YouTube is a place where Black artists, creators and users can share their stories and be protected. “Along with our commitment to amplify marginalised voices on the content side, we are also investing in product and policy changes that will continue to advance YouTube’s mission of giving everyone a voice and showing them the world,” Okosi adds.
Apply for funding from the fund here.