Four talented YouTubers from Queensland are sharing $100,000 in funding from Create Queensland to help them produce outstanding digital content and reach new global audiences.
Grants from the latest round of funding will go to Blender Guru (software tutorials), Andy’s Fishing (Queensland fishing adventures), Hooplovers (hula hoop courses), and PeppermintOllie (ukulele singer-songwriter), which between them have around 550,000 YouTube subscribers.
Create Queensland is a Queensland Government initiative in conjunction with YouTube to help Queensland YouTubers succeed internationally.
TIQ CEO Virginia Greville said Create Queensland helped Queenslander YouTubers build their profile in what is now a global digital business.
‘Create Queensland is about helping Queensland’s talented digital creators develop into savvy entrepreneurs by giving them the skills and expertise to enhance their content, grow their audience, and understand how to turn their passion into a thriving digital business,’ she said.
‘The funding can be used for the production and development costs of high-level creative content, including access to project support from film and media experts at Griffith University and QUT.
‘Last August, the five inaugural recipients of Create Queensland funding were announced.
‘Since then, the combined following of those channels has gone up by more than 170,000 subscribers.’
Blender Guru creator Andrew Price, who produces video tutorials for the Blender 3D software used in animation and game creation, said his funds would go towards a trip to the US to visit animation houses and games development studios.
‘Among my audience, I’ve noticed a big gap between artists hoping to get a job in the industry, and the actual artists working at studios,’ Mr Price said.
‘By travelling to these studios and actually sitting down with some of their artists, I’ll be able to ask the nagging questions that juniors never get a chance to ask.
‘Hopefully I’ll be helping the next generation of artists improve their work and become job-ready.’
Queensland was the first state government in Australia to secure a collaboration with YouTube for the benefit of talented local content creators.
The Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022 recognises the importance of digital innovation to successful trade and investment in a global economy.
Established creators – $30,000 each:
- Blender Guru offers tutorials on 3D animation software and general artistic advice
- Andy’s Fishing creates entertaining and educational fishing adventures
- Hooplovers is for people wanting to learn hoop dancing for fun and fitness
Emerging creator – $10,000:
- PeppermintOllie is a singer-songwriter, creating music with her ukulele
Ukulele singer-songwriter PeppermintOllie will receive $10,000 in Create Queensland funding.