YouTube Spaces: First London, then LA, now Tokyo, soon NYC & beyond
The image of YouTube as the go-to place to watch home brew video clips of cute kittens and smiling babies is fading fast, especially as the company continues to ramp up its efforts to compete with broadcasters for audiences by funding the development of original, high quality content for its web channels.
Nothing reflects this more than YouTube Spaces, which are rapidly cropping up across the globe to provide studio space, expertise, workshops, events, screenings, creative collaboration, and state-of-the-art production and post-production resources for creators, which is YouTube’s name for people who are involved in its Partners Program.
The good news for creators is that the use of the various resources at YouTube Spaces is not only free, but creators also get to retain ownership of the content they produce, which they can then license to YouTube for display on its channels. Some revenue sharing is involved as well. The bad news is that, although not impossible, it does take some web production chops to become an official YouTube creator.