AICP has compiled the following list of resources for its membership and the industry at large who are looking to source more diverse talent in production – both above and below the line - as well as post production.
The organizations and staffing services outlined below represent individuals with a broad range of experience levels and talents. All inquiries should be directed to the service or organization you are interested in connecting with; website links, with contact information, is provided.
AICP holds a monthly webinar on the third Wednesday of every month that highlights organizations and services that provide access and opportunity. To view past installments, please click here. The resources list will be reviewed and updated, and if there is an organization that should be considered for listing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARRAY CREW is an equal opportunity platform, with a mission to support professionals in the film and television industry from underrepresented populations. This includes, but is not limited to, women of all kinds and individuals of African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and descend from the Pacific Islands. ARRAY Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
#BIDBLACK is a non-profit platform on a mission to normalize the presence of Black filmmakers in creative roles in the advertising industry. We aim to be a complementary resource for all creative industries to source Black talent– placing an emphasis on creating more opportunities for Black creators to bid on commercial jobs by increasing awareness and access to Black directors, cinematographers, editors, colorists, and more.
Music by Black Composers: An Introductory Resource, is a document that seeks to expand knowledge and build a more inclusive approach to repertoire. Repertoire and pedagogical choices can often grow out of habit and a narrowness of knowledge, shaped by a history of exclusion and diminished voices. In the Music Division, we are taking important steps to broaden our knowledge by creating a faculty-researched list of works by Black composers to embrace and work toward a more representative world of classical music.
Have you ever heard “I would love to hire more black people on set. There is just no one out there” Black in Film was formed to eliminate that narrative and increase diversity in below the line crew members.
Black in Post: It’s time to diversify post production. Our post community has historically avoided giving Black artists the opportunity to sit at the table, consequently keeping our post teams comfortably and traditionally white and male. Qualified Black creatives who have attempted to break into our community have often been met with little to no access. Those who do manage to break through the white wall find themselves in environments where their professional abilities are constantly monitored and doubted. Many Black creatives have their careers stunted due to the lack of opportunity to advance. We can do better. It is our mission at Black in Post to bring this exclusionary culture to an end. We are committed to creating pipelines of success between Black post professionals and their career goals. We are a team of Allies and Black post creatives who are working together to create opportunities, educate post departments and build relationships.
Why Blackjobs.com? Our web site features the latest well-paying job opportunities for African American job seekers from companies who are sincerely dedicated to diversity hiring. Ultimately, our goal is to help reduce the high rate of unemployment in Black communities.
The mission of BGDM has been to bolster the creative and professional success of women and non-binary people of color working in the documentary industry, and to challenge the often marginalizing norms of the documentary field. We convene online and in person to provide a nourishing atmosphere where our members and their projects can incubate, and where their careers can evolve in a safe place. BGDM's members are a diverse network of filmmakers and industry stakeholders ranging from veterans with long resumes to newly emerging professionals. Many members work in production as directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, and more, and others work on the institutional side as executives, funders, curators, administrators, academics, and more. Our community is populated by documentary film professionals who self-identify as both a person of color and as a woman or non-binary individual.
Crew Me Up: The app is a labor management platform for people in the film and production industry helping filmmakers find and manage work and helping workers find and manage filmmakers.
Diverse Creatives is a resource for hiring talent, includes lists to industry databases.
Diversity.com has been a leader in the diversity jobs market since 2000. We feature job postings from some of the best diversity employers across a wide variety of industries such as manufacturing, education, non-profit, finance, healthcare, technology, and marketing from customer service jobs all the way up to high level executive positions. Because diversity recruiting is such a niche market, we offer closer proximity to qualified candidates unlike “big pond” sites. An inclusive workplace is more important now than ever. Companies who show their commitment to embracing diversity will attract more highly qualified candidates than companies who do not. Maintaining a diversity hired workforce will also show that your organization has a high standard for ethics, which is crucial to your business’ reputation outside of the company and within. Workplace diversity refers to a place of business that employs men and women from multiple races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, age groups, and religious affiliations.
Ghetto Film School (GFS) Roster expands beyond our alumni and specializes in identifying the next generation (18 - 34 years old) of Writer/Directors, Below the Line Talent and Executives throughout New York and Los Angeles. If you're a seasoned film professional, hiring manager, recruiter, talent scout or other job provider in the film, tv or media industry interested in learning more about Roster, please contact email@example.com.
Our primary passion point at Locomotus is connecting creative misfits, strategists or managers to organizations using agile pods of culture, category, and civic experts to solve some of the most challenging business, brand and social issues. We are not a staffing firm or an agency. We are the new normal and the future of marketing communications, media and entertainment talent and business solutions. Locomotus is the pathway forward. Locomotus is a social enterprise supporting the mission of the Marcus Graham Project, a 501 (c) 3 network of diverse professionals whose mission and theory is that by investing in the exposure, training and mentorship of the next generation of diverse talent an expansive pool of future marketplace leaders will be developed.
The “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program helps low-income New Yorkers get their foot in the door of the dynamic world of film and television. We offer this free program in partnership with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. No previous production experience is required. We’re looking for individuals who are ready to learn and eager to work.
The “Made in NY” Post Production Training Program prepares low-income, unemployed, and underemployed New Yorkers for entry level opportunities in the post production industry. Our program provides a combination of soft skills and technical training in industry-standard software. After completion of the program, we provide career guidance and placement support to trainees for two years as they establish their careers. Our program is delivered in partnership with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Small Business Services.
MANDY: We are the world’s largest creative community of actors, film and TV crew, theatre professionals, child actors, voiceover artists, dancers, singers, musicians, models and extras. We empower professionals to find work in TV studios, on movie sets, in training institutions, events, concert halls, theatre companies and art collectives. We help cast commercials, link art directors with cinematographers, and bring lighting designers to dark stages. We support our members as they promote themselves and network across the arts and media industries. We champion professionals as they take control of their careers and introduce producers, casting directors and HR managers to the best talent for their projects. We host events and bring together collaborators. We link service providers to clients, artists to agents, aspiring students to colleges... and animal wranglers to dogs. Having good contacts is our raison d'être, and we have the history and industry expertise to match. Armed with these qualities, we have established the most dynamic digital career hub for creative talent around the world.
Through immersive learning, real-world work experience, and a network of supportive professional mentors, ManifestWorks connects those impacted by foster care, homelessness and incarceration with job opportunities and provides ongoing life and professional skills to support long-term success.
MiFilm is a global collective, increasing equity and inclusion for POC and Differently abled filmmakers through accelerator programs and job placement on community productions.
The Pipelines Mobile app connects underrepresented talent to career and training opportunities in tech, entertainment, and creative industries, and companies to a vast pool of qualified, diverse talent. The app fast-tracks our users to new opportunities in these industries by connecting them directly with decision makers, bridging the access and opportunity gap in a whole new way.
Are you or your company interested in forming a long-term relationship with sporas? Are you committed to industry change and increasing crew diversity? Be in touch! We would love to work with you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To work with sporas to hire a diverse crew or to hire a sporas DP, please contact us at email@example.com and include whether you're interested in a crew or DP in the subject line of your email.
Staff Me Up’s goal is to help ensure that Diversity and Inclusion are incorporated throughout the hiring process. We are committed to building tools and to forging partnerships that will empower the people and the organizations that make up our production community, as we strive together to turn this goal into a reality. We have partnered with Diversity Advocacy Organizations to ensure that job opportunities are widely shared, broadening the pool of available talent for media companies to hire.
Streetlights mission is to assist talented and motivated young adult minorities, many economically and socially disadvantaged, to achieve long term economic stability and career success. To accomplish true diversity in the Entertainment Industry, we believe that a minority talent pool must be created to provide companies with ethnically diverse crew members from a range of job categories – from Gaffer to Grip, from Production Assistant to Producer. To that end, Streetlights breaks them into this creative and well-paying business through entry-level Production Assistant Training. As a Job Training, Job Placement and Career Advancement organization, our ultimate goal is to assist our graduates in advancing from entry level Production Assistant to management track positions and Union crews—and ultimately into the behind-the-camera fields which interest them and for which they show aptitude.
Please note: this list of resources is provided for informational purposes only and for the convenience of AICP members and the industry at large. It does not represent an offer or guarantee of employment nor does it constitute any recommendations, advice, or directive by AICP on utilizing this information in a legally-compliant manner. It is the production or post company’s responsibility to comply with local, state and federal labor and employment laws. Members are advised to consult with legal counsel and other professionals with respect to labor and employment laws, human resources issues, and hiring responsibilities.
It is an unlawful employment practice for an employer to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise discriminate or retaliate against any individual with respect to that individual’s terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of the individual’s race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, or any other protected status under local, state and federal law.
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