YouTube Tuesday unveiled the # YouTubeBlack Voices Class of 2021, a group of 132 developers worldwide, including 48 in the US, who were selected to participate in the Google-owned video site grant program and provide them with resources to help them succeed on the platform .
The #YouTube Black Voices Fund was founded last June as a global, multi-year commitment to nurture and grow black creators on the platform, as well as to produce and acquire new YouTube originals that focus on racial injustice and the black experience.
Malik Ducard, Vice President of Responsibility, said in a blog post on Tuesday, “Today we put the spotlight on the # YouTubeBlack Voices Class of 2021 – a group of 132 creators and artists whose talents are as diverse as their hometowns. Hailing from the US, Kenya, UK, Brazil, Australia, South Africa and Nigeria, this incredible group includes musicians, beauty entrepreneurs, comedians, activists, poets, personal trainers, teachers, parents, photographers and more. We are honored that you have chosen to work with us as the first class of the # YouTubeBlack Voices Fund. “
In the coming months, these artists and creators will receive dedicated affiliate support from YouTube and seed capital that will be invested in developing their channels. You will also attend bespoke training, workshops and networking programs.
The full list of U.S. creators can be found here.