Roll up, roll up would be video producers, budding singers and any other great undiscovered talents. A new YouTube talent competition could be your first step on the road to fame and fortune.
The NextUp scheme just launched by the video site is offering a cool half a million Euros in cash to 25 UK film makers. A €20,000 grant for each winner is the prize in store and to take part you need to be a YouTube partner, which means that you currently make money using the YouTube site.
As well as the development cash there is also a course which has been designed as a “creator camp” where the lucky new video stars will go to get tips and advice.
The entry hasn’t been limited to types of video with singers, musicians, dancers and anyone else with the skills and drive to develop their own films is welcome to take part.
The NextUp project was launched at an event with the British Film Institute, and Claire Geddie from the BFI pointed out that sites like YouTube are offering “new tools and ways” for creative types to get their ideas and work seen by lots of people.
A YouTube statement revealed that in the early part of this year the site’s British partners have increased uploads by almost 50%. There are now 7 times more partners earning more than $10,000 a year than there was just a year ago.
This news comes on the back of reports that YouTube is to make a big move into the internet TV market. They hope to find new talent or perhaps just UK YouTuber’s as popular as Rebecca Black.
Will you be making a play for a YouTube grant?