Prime Video Australia has announced a groundbreaking partnership with the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).
Together, they will provide two $50,000 scholarships targeted at female and nonbinary candidates who come from intersectional backgrounds. This initiative is in response to the pressing need for greater representation in the entertainment sector.
Eligible intersectional backgrounds will include factors such as gender and cultural identity, LGBTQIA+ community affiliations, and disabilities, among others. The intent is to foster a richer diversity in the industry.
Students who receive the scholarships will benefit from financial support covering various expenses while studying at NIDA. These can range from accommodation and living costs, travel allowances, childcare provisions for scholars with kids, to tuition fees.
For those pursuing the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Directing or MFA Dramatic Writing courses, two $50,000 Prime Video Scholarships will be available. Moreover, an additional $50,000 will be dedicated to supporting the 2024 MFA Directing student cohort.
Beyond financial support, Prime Video promises to deliver industry mentorship and support for the courses, amplifying the value of this partnership.
“NIDA’s long-standing success and international renown as a creative arts education provider”
are the driving factors behind this collaboration, stated Hushidar Kharas, the head of Prime Video Australia and New Zealand. He went on to underline the significance of Australian content in the global entertainment space, citing successful series like “The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart” and “Deadloch”.
“We need to continue to invest in skills to ensure a pipeline of content that meets that demand. We’re delighted to be coming on board and look forward to many future collaborations.” Kharas remarked.
Meanwhile, NIDA CEO Liz Hughes emphasised the transformative nature of this initiative. She believes this is an “incredible opportunity” to spotlight new voices and narratives that are presently marginalised in the entertainment realm.
“NIDA is committed to helping build the pipeline to industry for Australians from all over the country, and enabling the most creative and talented individuals to come to NIDA.”
She further stressed the importance of this partnership in granting unparalleled access for students:
“This generous support will open doors to women and non-binary creatives with diverse intersectional backgrounds.
Additionally, the connection and exposure to the team from Prime Video and their production partners will offer vital pathways and opportunities for students.”