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TikTok Broadens 'Creativity Program' Funding Initiative to Include Additional Regions

TikTok takes a big step in creator retention by expanding its Creativity Program to multiple countries. Can it compete with YouTube and Instagram's monetization schemes?

TikTok's Creativity Program

After its initial rollout in the United States, TikTok has announced the global expansion of its Creativity Program to include creators from Brazil, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, and the U.K.

While evolving from TikTok's original Creator Fund, the Creativity Program sets its focus differently. Designed for creators to produce "longer, high-quality videos," the program offers higher cash incentives based on qualified views, potentially multiplying earnings by up to 20 times compared to the original Creator Fund.

However, the barriers for entry remain somewhat high. Eligibility requirements include having a minimum of 10,000 followers and generating 100,000 video views in the last 30 days.

The expansion comes as part of TikTok's strategy to maintain its top creators who might be contemplating a move to platforms like YouTube, Instagram, or Facebook, which offer more straightforward monetization options.

Traditional advertising doesn’t work well on short-form video platforms like TikTok, making it a challenge to generate revenue for creators. Thus, the platform has been exploring alternative monetization methods, such as live-stream donations and in-app shopping.

By incentivizing longer-form content, TikTok not only opens up new monetization avenues but also encourages a more diverse range of content. This move could potentially make the platform more appealing to creators who specialize in more in-depth content, thereby enriching the TikTok ecosystem.

The key question remains: Will this be enough to retain creators, or will they migrate to platforms with more established revenue streams?

TikTok doesn't yet have the infrastructure to compete directly with YouTube or Instagram on monetization, but programs like the Creativity Program could provide stepping stones to more lucrative opportunities for its creators.

If you're a creator interested in this program, you can learn more about the TikTok Creativity Program here.

This is still an evolving strategy, and its long-term impact remains to be seen. But for now, TikTok seems committed to giving its creators more reasons to stay.