To accomplish any task one must first have the proper tools. It is critical to understand that while black and minority creators of media content continue to face a variety of challenges, there is a growing set of tools, programs and resources that are dedicated to helping motivated and talented individuals successfully navigate these vary challenges.  Watch this space as we look to make sure that no creative is left without the tools they need to pursue their passion. The following list of resources are broken up by discipline: Advertising, Film, Television, Music &Radio, New Media & Technology.

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  • Marcus Graham Project: A multifunctional non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and cultivating diverse talent across media and marketing disciplines through a combination of mentoring, internship, and professional development programs.
  • Multicultural Advertising Internship Program (MAIP): A product of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, MAIP provides undergraduate and graduate students of diverse racial backgrounds the opportunity to take part in a 10 week paid advertising internship at some of the nation’s most prestigious advertising agencies.

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  • Ghetto Film School : A New York based non-profit organization which focuses on diversifying the film industry through a diverse array of film education programs.
  • Independent Filmmakers Project (IFP): The largest advocate for the development and proliferation of independent films in the United States,  the IFP provides a platform for independent filmmakers to develop their technical skills, network with industry professionals and share their work.
  • Project Involve: The signature  program of the Las Angeles based Film Independent, Project Involve is a 9 month immersion program in which filmmakers from diverse backgrounds  are paired with mentors and taken through a series of masterclass courses.

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  • CBS Diversity Institute: A five component initiative designed to provide program participants with access to the decision making process in network television both in front of and behind the camera.
  • Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media : Founded in 1989, this organization provides a 4 year internship program which pairs graduating high school seniors with professionals in media production. Via the program students  are presented the opportunity to explore different areas of the media industry and apply directly to member organizations for employment following graduation.
  • Fox Writers Intensive: Designed to introduce experienced writers with unique voices, backgrounds, life and professional experience  to a wide range of Fox showrunners, writers, directors, screenwriters and creative executives.
  • Nickelodeon Writing Program: Operating in a three-phased structure, the Program provides a salaried position for up to one year and offers hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live action and animation television.
  • Nickelodeon Artist Program: A 6 month salaried program  that offers hands-on experience working with established color, background, character, prop and storyboard artists.
  • The NBC Universal Directing Fellowship Program: The intent of this program is to provide skilled directors, particularly talented women and minorities, from all areas (i.e., tv, film, commercials, documentaries) with the experience and tools needed for episodic television directing, comedy or drama. Candidates will be part of a select group whose material will be reviewed by executives, showrunners, and house directors.

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  • Today’s Future Sound (TFS): Based out of Oakland California, TFS provides youth focused music production and media arts workshops to underserved communities. With courses in hardware production, software production, beat making and djing, TFS looks to empower grade school age children through digital music and media literacy.

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  • Platform: Platform is a non-profit organization with the mission to increase the interest, participation, and success of those underrepresented in the innovation economy-with a particular focus on blacks, Latinos and women.

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