YouTube announces that 135 creators will participate in the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund, including 40 in the US and Canada. The fund provides one year of support, including channel seed funding, development programs, workshops and networking opportunities.
“Black creators have played an important role in shaping the culture on YouTube. From fashion and comedy to politics, learning and wellness, black creators have pushed our platform forward,” the company said in the announcement.
Now entering its second year, the beneficiaries of the fund are creators from diverse backgrounds, including lawyers, athletes, lifestyle vloggers, comedians, dermatologists and pop culture commentators.
YouTube announced the fund in 2020, promising to invest $100 million over three years to “strengthen” black creators on the platform. At its launch, YouTube said the fund was an effort to “directly support black creators and artists so they can thrive on YouTube.” In addition to individual creators, the fund has also been used to support larger productions such as a documentary series and a charity event.
Earlier this month, when YouTube announced it would stop funding most original programs, the company noted that it would continue to invest in programs in the Black Voices Fund and YouTube Kids Fund.