Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Are you the next big chef or trainer on YouTube?

This is a cross-post from the Official YouTube blog.

Since launching the first YouTube NextUp, we’ve been working to supercharge the careers of partners from around the world, and now we’re expanding the program even further. Today we’re kicking off two new YouTube Next Creator Programs to highlight the stars of tomorrow on YouTube today: YouTube Next Chef and YouTube Next Trainer.

Each program will have sixteen participants who take part in a three month virtual class held on Google+ Hangouts. Our chefs and trainers will each receive an equipment kit worth more than $5,000, mentoring from industry leaders, filming and editing lessons and more than $10,000 worth of promotion on YouTube. Here’s more info on each and an introduction from our hosts.

YouTube Next Chef
Crafty in the kitchen? Love sharing your family’s recipes with the world? With YouTube Next Chef, you could be selected to learn filmmaking tailored to cooking videos. Shea Hess of Hungry in Brooklyn will be your host.

YouTube Next Trainer
Personal health comes in many forms, and we’re interested in your unique approach. From yoga to 100-yard sprints, this program will help you develop filmmaking talents specifically for fitness videos. Sarah Dussalt of SarahsFabChannel will be your host.

How to apply
Starting today through October 25, partners from Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States can apply at and, which also includes all rules and details.

We’ll be back on November 9 to introduce you to the selected chefs and trainers, as we keep working on ways to help YouTube Partners turn their passion into their career.

Posted by Austin Lau, YouTube Creator Programs, recently watched, “How To Peel a Head of Garlic in Less Than 10 Seconds.”

Monday, 17 October 2011

A big week for Australian music

Don’t be fooled into thinking one little Nicky Minaj fan has stolen all the limelight this week. Here at YouTube we love Australian music and we’re excited to bring you the biggest news and best new music from around the country this week.

Indie music fans were in hipster heaven on Monday with Australia’s favourite street party, Laneway Festival, announcing their killer 2012 lineup. To get you familiar with the all the headlining acts including Feist, SBTRKT, The Horrors, M83, Toro Y Moi, Washed Out, Girls, Active Child and many more, the Laneway folks have put together a playlist of their latest singles. Check it out, subscribe to their YouTube channel, and look out for further updates and ticketing information.

While we’re on the subject of announcements, ARIA unveiled their ARIA Award Nominations for 2011 this week. To coincide with the announcement, they’ve also launched their official YouTube channel where you’ll be see playlists for the nominated artists in each category, special guest cameos, behind-the-scenes footage and of course, all the action leading up to the big night.

This year also marks the 25th anniversary for the ARIA Awards and to celebrate, they’ve put together a video of their all-time favourite ARIA moments.

25 years of ARIA magic

And to end the week on a high note, Triple j Unearthed gave us their picks of the best new bands they’re tipping for 2012. You heard it here first.

Posted by Sophie Hirst, YouTube Music, recently watched George Harrison: Living in the Material World (Official Trailer)

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Coming to a universe near you: YouTube Space Lab

This is a cross-post from the Official Google blog.

Can plants survive beyond Earth? Can proteins observed in space reveal the mysteries of life? Science experiments aboard the International Space Station (ISS) could unlock the answers and now we're giving you a chance to ask the questions. Today, we’re launching YouTube Space Lab with Lenovo, in cooperation with Space Adventures, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Space Lab is a new galactic channel on YouTube that will lift off from your laptop, taking you to interesting and awesome videos from around the world... and beyond.

Interested students are invited to come up with an idea for a science experiment that can be conducted in space and upload a video explaining it to YouTube by December 7, 2011. The YouTube community and a panel of distinguished scientists, astronauts and expert judges, including Professor Stephen Hawking, will pick the best ones. If your video is selected, it will be performed aboard the ISS and live streamed on YouTube to the world in 2012.

We'll also throw in some out-of-this-world prizes for the winners: like ZERO-G flights, Lenovo IdeaPad laptops and your choice of either a trip to Tanegashima Island, Japan, to watch your experiment blast off in a rocket bound for the ISS, or—once you’re 18—a one-of-a-kind astronaut training experience in Star City, Russia, the training center for Russian cosmonauts. For more information on how to enter, including eligibility requirements and experiment guidelines, check out the competition page on the channel or the official rules.

All future astronauts and space enthusiasts can find inspiration in the space related content on Space Lab is just one of many educational channels available under Educators can also visit to learn how to better incorporate video into the classroom. We're developing a YouTube for Schools pilot aimed at making YouTube accessible in more schools. If you want to be notified when it's ready, sign up here.

Blast off now and be part of a global experiment where your teacher is an astronaut and your classroom, space!

Zahaan Bharmal, YouTube Space Lab lead, recently watched Android in Space - Nexus S on Space Shuttle Atlantis.