BURLINGTON, Mass., December 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID) and the customer-led Avid Community Association (ACA) today launched the Avid Learning Collective program to provide professional media creation technologies, training and certification to educational organizations in nonprofits that have proven to inspire, engage and activate creators from underrepresented communities. Avid and the ACA also presented the first six winners, identified for their outstanding missions and achievements: Boston Arts Academy, Ghetto Film School, Girls Make Beats, Immersive & Inclusive Audio Institute, MAMA Youth Project and The Last Mile.
Each year, the Avid Learning Collective will host six additional educational organizations and initiatives that demonstrate the intention and ability to influence the current state of diversity, equity and inclusion through student advancement. . For a period of three years, these recipients will benefit from a membership in the global Avid Learning Partner program, which offers licenses for Avid creative tools, teacher training and course materials for students, as well as networking between peer and professional to cultivate visibility, mentorship and employment opportunities. for students.
The call for nominations for the 2022 Avid Learning Collective Program Awards is now open until February 15, 2022. The criteria and application form are available here. Nominations will be reviewed by a diverse committee of accomplished music, film and television professionals who sit on the ACA Board of Directors as well as Avid employees. The winners will be announced in late spring 2022.
Bryan Castle, Director of Learning Partnerships at Avid, said, “The Avid Learning Collective is the result of our continued collaboration and exploration with truly passionate educators and media professionals from around the world who want to make more diverse and accommodating media industry. We’re excited to go out open today and have more of an eye on the new opportunities we present to uplift organizations that show disadvantaged people they can become powerful storytellers.
Helen Killeen, Director of Production for Non-Scripted UK, ITV Studios, and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Avid Community Association, added: “Our profession can do a lot more to think outside the box for themselves. ensure that this opportunity reaches the people and communities they help. by the amazing and highly focused Avid Learning Collective participants. It’s exciting to see how quickly this program will mobilize the attention and influence of my colleagues to showcase the talents of creative people whose ambitions and experiences remain largely invisible.
Learn more about the inaugural winners of the 2021 Avid Learning Collective Award:
- Boston Arts Academy, Boston’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts, offers avenues to success for urban students who otherwise might not have access to both formal arts training and education. preparatory education for university. Students reflect the diversity of the city of Boston, and graduates are enrolling in college at rates above the Boston public school average and the Massachusetts state average.
- The Ghetto Film School trains young people from New York, Los Angeles and London in the basics of visual storytelling, offering an introduction to high school students and early career support for alumni and young professionals. Since its founding in 2000, the school has trained 11,000 artists and placed 800 in jobs and internships; 98 percent of participants graduate from high school on time and 92 percent go to college, with 76 percent pursuing creative professions.
- The girls make rhythms, founded by certified sound engineer Tiffany “Delilah” Miranda, empowers girls by expanding the presence of music producers, DJs and sound engineers. The organization focuses on girls ages 5 to 17 and hosts educational seminars, summer camps, industry panels and networking events, and offers scholarships to students from underserved communities.
- Immersive & Inclusive Audio, CIC, created by sound engineer and educator Leslie Gaston-Bird in collaboration with the University of Surrey, will provide immersive audio and sound training opportunities for women and under-represented groups. The institute will offer an immersive sound lab, distance learning courses and Dolby Atmos certification to increase accessibility.
- MAMA Youth Project is a registered charity specializing in broadcast and digital media training, set up to provide opportunities for young people from under-represented groups in society, including ethnic minorities and white working classes. The charity is committed to working within the media to help the industry become more diverse and therefore more representative of the audiences it serves. MAMA Youth offers hands-on training where applicants produce professional content as well as ongoing support for its alumni to secure long-term fulfilling employment. Professional placement rates systematically exceed 95% for young people in paid employment one year after the end of the training.
- The Last Mile (TLM) provides opportunities for personal and professional growth through education and technology training for those involved in justice. TLM’s web development program is active in 16 prisons across the United States and with his appointment TLM is launching an audio and video production program with industry partnerships and a top notch program. The aim of the program is to provide the skills and knowledge necessary for participants to become audio technicians and video editors, leading to employment opportunities upon release. The employment rate for returning TLM citizens is 90 percent six months after release, a key factor for a successful return.
About the Avid Community Association
The Avid Community Association (ACA) is a diverse group of industry professionals who collaborate to drive the development and continuous improvement of Avid authoring tools and solutions for the media and entertainment industry. ACA gives voice to nearly 40,000 members from all disciplines and employment levels in the creation, production, management and delivery of content, from leaders of global media organizations to people just starting out. their career. This collective voice is a key factor in the development and innovation of Avid tools and solutions. The ACA Board of Directors is committed to modeling diversity, equity and inclusion by providing an environment accessible to all, including underrepresented communities and individuals.
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