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  • Updated: October 08, 2020

How Nigerian Artistes, Creators Can Apply For YouTube's Black Voices Fund

YouTube has announced that content creators and artistes from Nigeria can apply for its global 100 million Dollars "Black Voices Fund" aimed at supporting them.

Alex Okosi, the Managing Director, Emerging Markets, YouTube EMEA, in a statement said that the global $100m fund will, over the next three years, offer support to Black artists and creators.

The $100m fund was first announced in June.

The Fund, according to Okosi, 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”.

Okosi said this year, the fund will be focusing its efforts on creators within the US, Brazil and Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.

“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 amplifying 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.

Its new efforts include ramping up enforcement and terminating more accounts that repeatedly post hateful comments.

Interested artisets and creators can apply for funding here.

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