The YouTube team blog has announced of “expanding their partner program to include all YouTube members who are based in the US or Canada, enabling some of the most popular and prolific original content creators within the YouTube community to earn money from their videos.
From the YouTube Blog:
Today we're announcing that we are expanding the YouTube Partner Program. Now, anyone living in the United States or Canada can apply to become a partner at www.youtube.com/partners. (We're looking forward to rolling out the program to additional international markets soon.)
We previewed this new application process to a select group of users who previously expressed interest in becoming partners -- over 100 of these users have already been added to the program, such as tayzonday, hotforwords, apauledtv, and peteandbrian.