YouTube fan conference VidCon has announced it will distribute $2,000 grants to a new emerging YouTuber each week for a year, totaling $104,000 in grants to up-and-coming creators. The money doesn’t have any strings attached — you can spend it however you’d like. “Nothing is out there making this easier,” wrote Vidcon founder Hank Green on the project’s site, “and a lot of things are out there making it harder.” You can apply here. Green announced the grant at VidCon’s keynote this year. (The grant, however, is not a way into VidCon’s coveted “featured creator” status. “We want to be clear that this program is entirely separate from invites to VidCon,” the team wrote.) The only requirements to apply: You must be creating content that lives on YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Twitch, Musical.ly, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, or your blog; you must have been uploading two videos per month for at least six months prior to your application date; you must be earning less than 150,000 views per video, consistently; and you must live in the US. The grant announcement comes amid the ongoing demonetization debate that has swirled around YouTube for the last year. In January, the company moved the goalposts for how many views and subscribers a creator needed to have to earn money from advertisers. The update prompted widespread fury from the YouTube community, including high profile creators like Casey Neistat, Tyler Oakley, and Justine Ezarik. (The change was also speculated to have motivated the woman behind the… [Read full story]
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