Avid Learning Collective Awards Six Education

BURLINGTON, Mass., Dec. 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 certifications to organizations educational nonprofits that have proven to be inspiring, engaging and creatively activating in underrepresented communities. Avid and the ACA also presented the first six winners of the award, 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, Avid Learning Collective will host six additional educational organizations and initiatives that demonstrate the intent and ability to influence the current state of diversity, equity, and inclusion through student advancement. For a period of three years, these winners will benefit from 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 a network of peers and professionals to cultivate visibility, mentorship and employment opportunities. for students.

The call for entries for the 2022 Avid Learning Collective Program Awards is now open through February 15, 2022. The criteria and entry form can be found here. Nominations will be reviewed by a diverse committee of accomplished music, film and television professionals who serve on the ACA Board of Directors as well as Avid employees. Winners will be announced in late spring 2022.

Bryan Castle, Director of Learning Partnerships at Avid, said, “Avid Learning Collective is the result of our ongoing collaboration and exploration with truly passionate educators and media professionals around the world who want to make the industry more diverse and accommodating media. We are excited to come out into the open today and have more eyes on the new opportunities we present to uplift the organizations that show disadvantaged people that they can become powerful storytellers.

Helen Killeen, Production Manager for Non-Scripted UK, ITV Studios, and Vice-Chair of the Board of the Avid Community Association, added: “There is much more our profession can do to think outside the box to ensure that opportunities reach people and communities served. by the extraordinary and highly targeted participants of the Avid Learning Collective. It is exciting to see how quickly this program will bring together the care and influence of my colleagues to expose the talents of creative people whose ambitions and experiences are largely invisible.

Learn more about the inaugural winners of the 2021 Avid Learning Collective Award:

  • The Boston Arts Academy, Boston’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts, provides pathways to success for urban students who otherwise may not have access to both formal arts education and to a college-preparatory education. Students reflect the diversity of the city of Boston, and graduates are enrolling in the university at rates above the Boston public school average and above the Massachusetts state average.
  • Ghetto Film School trains young people in New York, Los Angeles and London in the essentials of visual storytelling, offering an introduction to high schoolers and early career support to old and young professionals. Since its creation in 2000, the school has trained 11,000 artists and placed 800 in jobs and internships; 98% of participants graduate from high school on time and 92% go on to college, with 76% pursuing creative professions.
  • Girls make beats, founded by certified sound engineer Tiffany “Delilah” Miranda, empowers girls by expanding the presence of female music producers, DJs and sound engineers. The organization focuses on girls ages 5-17 and runs educational seminars, summer camps, industry panels and networking events, and provides scholarships for 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 training opportunities in immersive audio and sound for women and underrepresented groups. The institute will offer an immersive sound lab, distance learning and Dolby Atmos certification to increase accessibility.
  • MAMA Youth Project is a registered charity specializing in digital media outreach and training, created to provide opportunities for young people from underrepresented 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 provides hands-on training where candidates produce professional content as well as ongoing support for its alumni to ensure long-term, fulfilling employment. Professional integration rates are regularly above 95% for young people in paid employment one year after completing 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 using its appointment, TLM is launching an audio and video production program with industry partnerships and a top-notch program. The goal of the program is to provide the skills and content knowledge necessary for participants to become audio technicians and video editors, leading to post-release employment opportunities. The employment rate of returning TLM citizens is 90% six months after release, a key factor in successful reintegration.

About the Avid Community Association
The Avid Community Association (ACA) is a diverse group of industry professionals who work together to foster the development and continuous improvement of Avid authoring tools and solutions for the media and entertainment industry. The ACA gives voice to nearly 40,000 members from all disciplines and employment levels in the creation, production, management and delivery of content, from global media leaders to people just starting out in their career. This collective voice is a key factor in the development and innovation of Avid’s tools and solutions. The ACA Board of Directors is committed to modeling diversity, equity and inclusion by providing an environment that is accessible to all, including underrepresented communities and individuals.

About Avid
Avid offers the most open and efficient media platform, connecting content creation to collaboration, asset protection, distribution and consumption. Avid’s distinguished customer community uses Avid’s comprehensive tools and workflow solutions to create, distribute and monetize the world’s most watched, loved and listened to media, from prestigious and award-winning feature films to broadcasts. popular television, news programs and televised sporting events, and famous musical recordings and live concerts. With the most flexible deployment and pricing options, Avid’s leading solutions include Media Composer®, Pro Tools®, Avid NEXIS®, MediaCentral®, iNEWS®, AirSpeed®, Sibelius®, Avid VENUE™, FastServe® and Maestro™. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, connect with Avid on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, or subscribe to Avid blogs.

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