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Avid Learning Collective Makes First Awards

Avid Learning Collective gifts video and audio creation technologies and training to high-performing learning initiatives.

Burlington, MA (January 7, 2022)—Avid and the Avid Community Association (ACA) have introduced the Avid Learning Collective program, aiming to provide creative technologies, training and certification to not-for-profit educational organizations that support creators in underrepresented communities.

Each year, the Avid Learning Collective will welcome 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 have membership in the global Avid Learning Partner program, which brings licenses for Avid creative tools, teacher training and course materials for students as well as peer and professional networking to cultivate visibility, mentoring and job opportunities for students.

The call for applications for the 2022 Avid Learning Collective program awards is now open through February 15, 2022. Applications will be reviewed by a diverse committee of music, film and television professionals who sit on the ACA executive board, as well as Avid employees. Award recipients will be announced in late spring 2022.

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The six inaugural award recipients are Boston Arts Academy, Ghetto Film School, Girls Make Beats, Immersive & Inclusive Audio Institute, MAMA Youth Project and The Last Mile.

  • Boston Arts Academy, Boston’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts, offers pathways to success to urban students who otherwise might not have access to both formal arts training and a college preparatory education. Students reflect the diversity of the city of Boston and graduates matriculate to college at rates that are higher than the Boston Public Schools average and higher than the Massachusetts state average.
  • Ghetto Film School trains young people from New York, Los Angeles and London in the essentials of visual storytelling, offering introductory education to high school students and early-career support for alumni and young professionals. Since its founding in 2000, the school has educated 11,000 artists and placed 800 in jobs and internships; 98 percent of participants graduate high school on time and 92 percent go on to college, with 76 percent pursuing creative professions.
  • Girls Make Beats, founded by certified audio engineer Tiffany “Delilah” Miranda, empowers girls by expanding the presence of female music producers, DJs and audio engineers. The organization focuses on girls ages 5-17 and hosts educational seminars, summer camps, industry panels and networking events, and provides scholarships to students in underserved communities.
  • Immersive & Inclusive Audio, CIC, created by audio engineer and educator Leslie Gaston-Bird in collaboration with the University of Surrey, will offer training opportunities in audio and immersive sound for women and underrepresented groups. The institute will offer an immersive sound lab, remote classes and certification in Dolby Atmos to increase accessibility.
  • MAMA Youth Project is a registered charity specializing in Broadcast and Digital Media Training, set up to provide opportunities to young people from society’s underrepresented groups including minority ethnic and white working-class backgrounds. MAMA Youth provides practical training where candidates produce professional content as well as ongoing support to its alumni to secure long-term, fulfilling employment. Career placement rates consistently track above 95% for young people in paid work a year after completing the training.
  • The Last Mile (TLM) provides opportunities for personal and professional growth through education and technology training for justice-involved individuals. TLM’s web development curriculum is active in 16 prisons across the U.S. and, using its nomination, TLM is launching an audio and video production program with industry partnerships and a best-in-class curriculum. 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 employment opportunities after release. The employment rate for TLM’s returned citizens is 90 percent six months after their release.