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ENTERTAINMENT FIRMS OFFER SUMMER JOBS FOR MINORITY KIDS; A&M'S Y.E.S. PROGRAM EXPERIENCES 40 PERCENT FUNDING INCREASE

- ENTERTAINET - TO NATIONAL EDITOR:
      ENTERTAINMENT FIRMS OFFER SUMMER JOBS FOR MINORITY KIDS;
    A&M'S Y.E.S. PROGRAM EXPERIENCES 40 PERCENT FUNDING INCREASE
    HOLLYWOOD, June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday, June 29, more than 100 Los Angeles minority high school students (and an additional 75 nationwide) begin jobs in the entertainment industry as part of the A&M Records Y.E.S. TO JOBS summer employment program.
    The students, who qualified on the basis of a 2.5 grade point average, an excellent attendance record and letters of recommendation will work in record companies, record stores, radio and television stations, commercial production houses, music distribution, cable networks, and other industry-related businesses in entry-level positions.
    According to the program's director, Jaleesa Hazzard, "The Y.E.S. TO JOBS program was created by A&M in an effort to open the doors of the record industry to minorities.  We began with 50 jobs and 25 companies which expanded to include over 80 companies over the past six years"
    This year, however, Y.E.S. TO JOBS has experienced an increase in the number of the jobs offered and also a dramatic 40 percent increase in its funding.  Hazzard attributes this increase to "the industry's search for a constructive response to the recent civil unrest in Los Angeles and elsewhere.
    "CNN, MCA, Giant, and Qwest Records have for the first time, offered jobs this summer, joining long-term employers such as the WEA Corp., Polygram, KTLA, BMG and Warner-Chappell.  I think that everyone in the industry has come to understand that Y.E.S. is a functioning, effective, and extremely successful program into which resources can be funneled immediately."
    Y.E.S. TO JOBS works through local employment development departments and high schools in 10 cities across the country to identify qualified students who have an interest in the entertainment field and who want full-time summer jobs.  Hazzard and her staff of volunteers from other record, music publishing and distribution companies search out opportunities in the industry and match them with an appropriate student.
    During an orientation held before their jobs begin, students receive training in office procedures including answering multiline phones, taking messages, operation of business machines and business etiquette.  Orientation in Los Angeles will be held on Saturday, June 27, 9 a.m.-noon at A&M's Hollywood headquarters.  Once the students are on the job, their training continues with professional development seminars with top industry executives.
    "Y.E.S. TO JOBS has been an unqualified success for employers, students and the industry at large." Hazzard continued.  "Nearly every company that has had a Y.E.S. student for the summer requests one for the following year and increases the number if space allows. Most importantly, our goal of finding permanent places for minorities in the entertainment industry is being met:  10 percent of Y.E.S. alumni have found permanent positions in the entertainment field, positions for which they were qualified solely through their Y.E.S. TO JOBS experience.  Others who have gone on to college continue to work in the business part-time and during their summers.  They have become a tremendous pool of trained and talented young people from which our industry can draw on for many years to come.
    Y.E.S. TO JOBS Employers (partial listing):
    Atlantic Records
    BMG
    Giant Records
    Irell & Manella, Attorneys at Law
    KTLA
    MCA Records
    MTV
    Polygram
    RIAA
    Qwest Records
    Rogers & Cowan
    Sparrow Records
    Turner Broadcasting
    Warner Bros. Records
    Warner Chappell Music
    WEA
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    /CONTACT:  Diana Baron or Laura Swanson of A&M Records, 213-856-2695/ CO:  A&M Records ST:  California IN:  ENT SU: KJ-EH -- LA023 -- 4430 06/26/92 20:09 EDT
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