LOS ANGELES (July 25, 2019) – AEG recently teamed up with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to host the Evolve Entertainment Fund (EEF) 2019 Summer Kickoff at L.A. LIVE.
The invite-only event included 100 young Los Angeles professionals, and featured guest speakers, networking opportunities followed panel discussion with Issa Rae and the Issa Rae Production team at the Grammy Museum at L.A. LIVE.
The EEF is a public-private partnership aimed at creating new opportunities for communities that have been historically excluded from the entertainment industry through an alliance between the City of Los Angeles, entertainment companies such as AEG, and digital media, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions.
“We created the Evolve Entertainment Fund to give people in underserved communities a new opportunity to chase their dreams in Hollywood — whether they want to be the next award-winning director or screenwriter, or are looking to secure a future in below-the-line jobs that are the bedrock of this city’s middle class,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “But to reach our goals, we need the support of entertainment industry leaders, like AEG, to open the door with game-changing opportunities for people who have been historically underrepresented in our signature industry.”
“We are proud to support this important initiative that opens doors for so many people in our community who are seeking their first break,” added Martha Saucedo, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, AEG. “At AEG, we are committed to investing in a diverse workforce and expanding employment opportunities to capture the most promising talent. Diversity in all areas- including diversity of thought and experience is the key to the continued success of our industry.”
In 2018 when the initiative was first launched, AEG hosted two paid internships for EEF participants and is committed to supporting EEF through additional internship opportunities.