The scholarship is to create more opportunities in the film and TV industries for youth from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds.
In an effort to amplify diverse British voices in front of and behind the camera, Netflix has announced that it will be investing $490,000 (£350,000) in scholarships and training programmes for underrepresented youth in the UK, according to deadline.
Netflix will support 30 full, year-long scholarships for students from the Identity School of Acting; double the number of youth in the Million Youth Media talent pool; and help Mama Youth expand its work in training more aspiring film and TV professionals.
Speaking about the scholarships, Anne Mensah, Vice President of U.K. original series, said: “I believe the UK industry is changing. And although this change is slow, the wealth of young diverse British voices fighting their way to the top of the industry fills me with hope and excitement.”
She added: “Our members come from all across the UK, and all around the world. We succeed when our series and films like Sex Education, His House, and Top Boy not only entertain people but also help them connect to new voices, cultures and perspectives. This is only the beginning.”
The scholarship is part of the $5 million diversity fund Netflix announced in July 2020 to create opportunities for Black, Asian and ethnic minorities’ creators and youth.