"We are pleased to learn that FOX Audience Strategy is making a commitment to partner with HBCUs so that the organization might take advantage of the outstanding and talented students, faculty, and alumni found in our institutions," said Dr.William R. Harvey , President of Hampton University. "I believe that Fox Entertainment and the country will be better off as a result of this initiative."
As part of the partnership, FOX Audience Strategy is establishing and funding the first-of-its-kind Fox Film Grant that will enable one FHMA member to participate in Project Involve, a year-long program of Film Independent. The mission of Film Independent is to champion the cause of independent film and support a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. Project Involve is Film Independent's signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry.
The FHMA will leverage the collective resources unique to a multi-dimensional entertainment company - film, television and sports - to promote professional advancement and other opportunities for African-Americans in media and entertainment. Based in Los Angeles, FHMA will also have chapters in Washington, D.C. and New York City, led by influential HBCU alumni from the media and entertainment industry. At launch Howard University and Hampton University will serve as inaugural institutional partners. However, membership in the Alliance is open to all current HBCUs, their students, faculty and alumni that work in the media and entertainment sector.