WeAre8 launches dedicated creator fund to support Aussie creatives

Individuals can apply for grants between $5,000 – $100,000

Australia’s newest social platform, WeAre8, has announced that it would be putting money back into creators’ pockets with the launch of a dedicated WeAre8 Creator Fund.

The fund is open to content creators, filmmakers, musicians, and visual artists who are Verified Creators on WeAre8.

Individuals can apply for grants between $5,000 – $100,000 to bring their creative ideas to life to bring new voices and perspectives to the forefront through short-form video and visual storytelling.

The grants are designed to help tell untold stories that champion good and align with WeAre8’s eight impact areas, including Education, Climate, Poverty, Peace, Equality, Health, Water and Animals.

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WeAre8 is also introducing a raft of new product features, including a Friends Feed that is free from ads, algorithms and filters and an audio feature, in partnership with Spotify, that allows citizens to add a personal anthem to their account.

The first recipient of funding is Sydney-based actor and writer Zufi Emerson, who is on a mission to use her creative work to ensure our screens reflect what’s happening on the streets.

Zufi will create five short-form videos featuring leading but underrepresented artists who are trailblazers in the creative industries. Each video will explore themes including radical self-acceptance, resilience, stereotypes, adaptability, and courage.

WeAre8 Australia CEO Lizzie Young said, “Since we launched WeAre8 locally last month, we’ve seen some incredible creativity from our first Australian Verified Creators, including Zufi, and we’re excited to give back to the creative community. WeAre8 is the only social App committed to giving 5% of its profits to the Creator Fund to help our citizens share stories with heart that help bring communities together.

Zufi Emerson

“Zufi has an eye for exploring stories that are often untold and delivering them in such a breathtaking and authentic way, and we know that her work will have a lasting impact on our citizens.

“A huge point of difference with WeAre8’s Creator Fund is that we are awarding funds based on the quality of the artistic idea and its positive impact on the world rather than people’s follower numbers or the number of views their account has. We can’t wait to see what brilliant ideas our Australian creative community come up with.”

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