The entertainment world has always been known as a male dominated industry, but things are changing. In an effort to help more women gain opportunities in the entertainment industry, The Los Angeles Film School has given 1.5 million towards the Women In Entertainment Scholarship Fund Initiative. According to Deadline, the long-term goal to create parity in female enrollment in the film school and its subsidiary The Los Angeles Recording School. The WIES fund will benefit incoming female students and is part of the Los Angeles Film School’s latest pledge to increase female enrollment to 50 percent of the overall student body. The scholarship program will start immediately, and will provide a one-time $2,000 award towards tuition for all newly enrolled female students. The scholarship can be applied towards and of LAFS’s degree programs, including Bachelor and Associate of Science degrees in Entertainment Business, Animation, Graphic Design, Music Production, Audio Production and Film.
“We realize we can do better and are proud to commit ourselves to affording a higher educational opportunity that charts a course to even out the starting gates for women,” says David Phillips, LAFS Special Advisor.
The Women In Entertainment scholarship also supports recent industry wide efforts to increase gender parity for women across the professional landscape. The scholarship programs will also aim to help level the professional playing field and develop a pipeline of well qualified and ambitious women leaders who will innovate across the entertainment industry for years to come.