Honda, Fox, MySpace collaborate for Hollywood internship to students

Mumbai: For the second year in a row, American Honda Motor Co. and Fox Entertainment Group (FEG) have partnered to offer an internship program designed to expose student-musicians from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to the music and entertainment industry.

Created to complement the Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase, the Fox Music Experience is a uniquely designed music internship/immersion program that offers HBCU students the opportunity to learn what a career in music could look like. This year, two lucky HBCU band members will not only have the opportunity to participate in HBOB, but they also will get the chance to spend a few weeks in the summer working on the Twentieth Century Fox studio lot in Los Angeles. As part of the internship, students will have the opportunity to personally meet the president of Fox Music, enjoy a private tour of the movie studio lot, intern with film and television executives and experience music production first hand.

From now until 9 January 2009 marching band fans can log onto and vote for their favorite band from the 10 HBCUs participating in the Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase. The two schools that receive the highest number of votes will get to select one student-musician from their ensemble to be awarded a spot in the internship program. Final student selections will be made by university band directors. The two winning students selected to participate in the internship program will be announced on 24 January at the 7th annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase event at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

"We at Honda are excited about partnering with Fox on the Fox Music Experience once again to provide this amazing learning experience to two lucky students. Honda is proud to support the Black college marching bands initiatives to go beyond mere entertainment by providing real opportunities for students to pursue a career in music. It’s this sense of teamwork that inspires us to unite with Fox Entertainment Group to help open doors of opportunity for HBCU graduates," said American Honda Motor Co., Inc Barbara Ponce manager corporate and diversity advertising.