YouTube NextUp Comes to Canada

Canadian YouTubers with between 10k and 100k subscribers rejoice – your opportunity to be part of YouTube NextUp has arrived! If you’ve been paying attention to what YouTube has been doing over the last couple years, then NextUp should not be news to you. That said, what IS news is they are now offering the program in Canada at the new YouTube Space Toronto. If you have been living under a rock, here’s exactly what the program is:

  • An opportunity to spend 5 days at a Creator Camp at the YouTube Space in Toronto. The camp includes education on lighting, camera gear, sound editing, and additional coaching on how to grow your audience. This first running of NextUp goes from November 28th to December 2, 2016.
  • An opportunity to meet and work with previous NextUp grads. Presumably, because this is the first Canadian one they will bring in grads from other cities – probably New York, but don’t quote me on it.
  • A $2500 voucher to purchase equipment. YouTube will designate a specific retailer that you can get gear from.
  • You get access to partner management – something that is for creators with 100K or more subscribers.

YouTube NextUp Requirements

If you’re intrigued about the program and want to apply, you can do so from this page by accepting the YouTube NextUp rules, and the filling out the form. There are several requirements that you will need in order to be eligible. Below, I’ve outlined the bullet points on eligibility, however, you can view the full contest document here.

  • Be a legal resident of Canada.
  • Be the age of majority.
  • Apply as a Solo or 2-person team.
  • Have more than 10,000 subscribers, but less than 100,000.
  • Have access to a webcam.
  • Be available during the 5-day creator class (November 28th to December 2, 2016).
  • Have a channel in good standing – no copyright claims.
  • Have an active channel – at least 3 videos in the last 90 days.

There are a few other requirements but for most people, those are going to be the most important. Once you confirm your eligibility you’ll need to fill out a contest form that includes details about yourself, about your channel, why you’re entering into the contest, what you plan to do with your channel over the next year, what skills you want to improve, and how you heard about the contest (if you’re reading this, you can say from me – maybe they’ll send me a nice tweet for referring such a wonderful YouTuber haha).

Why Should You Do YouTube NextUp?

Beyond the prize of $2500 in gear, and the personalized training – you’re giving your channel an edge over others. You get to hear directly from the source ways in which you can improve your channel, your content and your relationship with your audience. Perhaps most importantly, you’re also making yourself known to YouTube as a whole. Sometimes just showing up is more valuable than the actual stuff they are providing you. Honestly, if you’re a channel that meets the requirements – apply! The worst that can happen is your not picked and besides a little time, you’ve lost nothing.

So go submit your application immediately as it closes on October 9th, 2016.