📸 Kate Kendy
YouTube Black Voices was launched in 2020. The programme is a multiyear commitment by YouTube to spotlight and directly support black artists, songwriters and producers globally.
The program recognizes and equips Black creators, artistes, songwriters, and producers with the resources and support to enable them to thrive on the platform.
Since inception, YouTube Black Voices has welcomed over 300 grantees from Nigeria, Australia, Brazil, Kenya, South Africa, and the United States, and includes musicians, beauty entrepreneurs, comedians, activists, poets, personal trainers, parents, photographers, gamers, and others.
Creators selected for the programme receive funding that will be invested in the development of their channels. They also receive dedicated partner support and get the opportunity to participate in bespoke training, workshops and networking programs.
YouTube has committed $100M for the initiative.
Kenyan Content creator Kate Kendy, Nigerian artists Asake and Gyakie are among those chosen for the 2023 Class.
Below are the artists/creators chosen for the fund.