Well Dunn, a program to support young professionals in search of internships and careers in the entertainment business, has launched. The program's mission is to support the aspirations of inspired up-and-comers who want to work in entertainment but lack the necessary resources to take on an internship.
Entertainment companies that have already reserved internship positions for Well Dunn-chosen participants, include: A.C. Entertainment, Big Hassle Media, CID Entertainment, Cloud 9 Adventures, JamBase, Life is good, Red Light Management, Relix, Suite Treatments and Superfly Presents. The businesses will provide substantial training and supervision to Well Dunn interns.
Well Dunn was founded in honor of Emily Dunn, a young professional in the music business who exemplified leadership, integrity, confidence, deep engagement and a driving work ethic. Emily worked as a volunteer and then intern in the production and operation side of the entertainment business. She was killed in a bus accident in San Francisco in August 2011. She was 23. Dunn worked as a volunteer just after high school and started working at Bonnaroo, among many other events, in 2005, while still in college. By the time of her death, she was a full-time staffer, with Superfly Presents, Bonnaroo's Co-Producer,
"Emily brought a tremendous amount of energy and creativity to her work at the festival every year and she became a good friend to so many," said Superfly's Rick Farman. "We want to help people who are like Emily, who started as a volunteer, but might not have the resources or access to the opportunities that she did."
Bonnaroo organizers have pledged to donate a percentage of their guest charity donation fee to Well Dunn. Funds raised by Well Dunn will be used in part to provide stipends as a contribution towards living and other expenses incurred during internships.
Internships will be awarded based on a competitive process that includes on-site job evaluations by industry experts, recommendations, and an interview process. Initial screening will be executed by Well Dunn's board of directors made up of a group of entertainment industry veterans and representatives of Emily's family and friends.
Well Dunn welcomes other community partners willing to provide on-the-job training and supervision to its interns.
For more information, visit welldunn.org.