YouTube announces new hybrid model for virtual & physical events

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YouTube Spaces, an initiative by the platform that provides resources to creators enabling them to host events at physical locations, will now be hosting virtual events at most locations & a few in-person events, in the light of COVID-19.

YouTube Spaces has evolved steadily since its launch in around 2012. Studios, classes. All of such resources changed to smaller locations with YouTube Pop-up Spaces in 2016, when the platform recognized the need for more compact spaces where creators can still build creative connections at these events, but in a petite space.

During the pandemic, a completely virtual model was adopted along with altered partner programming. Going forward, YouTube will be focussing on a nimble strategy to equip creators and artists with tools and workshops.

Physical YouTube Spaces locations wouldn’t be reopened in a few cities, and a new hybrid model will be adopted, blending virtual and in-person Pop-up programming.

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Highlights of The New Model

  • Multi-week virtual development programs for #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund
  • Ongoing investment in the NextUp program for rising creators in developing markets
  • Live and recorded online workshops as part of the Creator Academy’s Learning Toolkits to enable content creation from home
  • YouTube artist and label workshops to preview product developments, content strategies, and case studies
  • In-person events will be held as containment measures ease out. Pop-up events and programming that includes training on new products like Shorts and events such as Music Nights would be hosted

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