MADE up for a community award & Blaise Singh nominated for NOT ONE but TWO National Diversity Awards!!!

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Make A Difference Entertainment (MADE) and MADE’s founder, Blaise Singh has been nominated for the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards! The organisation itself  has been nominated for the Community Organisation award and MADE’s founder, Blaise Singh has been nominated for the Positive Role Model award and Entrepreneur of Excellence award at The 2016 National Diversity Awards.

The ceremony celebrates some of the excellent and inspiring achievements of positive role models and community organisations from across the UK. The awards aim to recognise nominees in their respective fields of diversity including age, disability,gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation.

Creative Skillset findings reveal that London is over 45% Black, Asian and Minority ethnic yet only 5.3% of the film and TV production workforce is. It’s a similar story of massive under representation for women, disabled and LGBT people. MADE is setup to contribute to making the creative industries of London more representative of its population in order to accurately reflect the storytelling perspectives of Londoners. madeTV (the charity’s online TV channel) will broadcast content to create opportunities and awareness about diversity issues related to race, gender, sexuality and disability. It will also showcase work produced by the aforementioned groups in MADE’s community cohesion and employability programmes. madeTV will take a satirical look at diversity and community issues affecting Londoners today. The National Diversity Awards 2016 in association with Microsoft will be held in Liverpool on September 16th. Britain’s most inspirational and selfless people will come together to honour the rich tapestry of our nation, recognising individuals and groups from grassroots communities who have contributed to creating a more diverse and inclusive society. The largest diversity awards ceremony of its kind has attracted a growing list of top employers such as Transport for London, Financial Ombudsman Service and PwC. The prestigious black­tie event has also gained support from a number of celebrities including Stephen Fry, Lenny Henry and Ade Adepitan.

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Blaise Singh on set, doing what he does best!

Blaise Singh works to challenge and change this disappointing percentage whilst empowering young people to fulfil their creative talent. It is clear to see through many of the content on the MadeTV YouTube channel that Blaise’s passion and determination for change has strongly impacted on the young people whom he works with lives. When asked for thoughts towards MadeTV,  Ben a young aspiring writer/director commented that:

“I feel like I’ve grown such much as a person thanks to this project. I gained new confidence in myself. Every single day that I spend here is one day better than I was yesterday.”

It is well known by many that the youth are today are the future for tomorrow. Ben’s statement epitomises the ethos that Made TV proudly carries, in it’s determination to equip young people with the tools an skills to be future pillars in society.

Empowering Talent of future creatives!

Empowering Talent of future creatives!

Voters quote from the Positive Role Model award:

“Blaise all encompasses what I would describe as a role model. Not only has he been a diverse voice in the media, but he has created something to promote further inclusion of diversity in the creative industries. He doesn’t discriminate against anyone for their race, religion, orientation etc. He is a very kind and generous person who has helped me considerably. He has been more than just a peer, he has been a friend and really cares about all of his students. When I first joined MADE I was suffering with some family problems and he took the time to really listen to me and help me channel my energy into being creative. This really helped me with my learning and developing of new skills. I am very grateful to Blaise and his team for all the support they’ve provided me. It’s been a great learning journey navigating through the creative industry and he is a great role model for diversity as he cares that society is represented well in the media. The level of care he gives to his students also is great! I have been a student with MADE for some time now and Everyday I am Learning more and more thanks to his constant commitment to developing and nurturing our talent. Thanks.”

“Blaise is an inspiration to all of us at MADE TV (a charitable organisation which he set up): his hard work attending charity events and working non stop allows us to have access to the wonderful facilities that we have. He gives us young people the opportunity to create projects and work collaboratively which is something I would never have imagined myself doing at such a young age. He has also gifted us the chance to better ourselves as people as we work in teams and attend his workshops. Blaise is also passionate and focused on promoting diversity and this is one of his most inspirational attributes as I, like many others in our team, recognise the lack of exposure for ethnic minorities in the creative industry. It is for these reasons that I feel that Blaise is indeed the most deserving of such an award!”

Blaise is a hard working, excellent role model and a breath of fresh air that brings excitement and a wealth of knowledge and experience to inspire others. His vision to celebrate diversity, for it to be recognised, promoted by the mainstream and to be representative of the demographic of the UK, warrants great praise where many people from black and other ethnic minorities that have ‘made it big’ still struggle in the creative industries and thus feel the need to move away from the UK to continue to enhance their careers due to great lack of opportunities here.”

Voters quote from the Entrepreneur of Excellence award:

“Blaise Singh is founder/CEO of Make A Difference Entertainment (MADE) – a registered charity that exists to uniting diverse communities through media production and broadcasting projects. The organisations projects are supported by Big Lotto, Near Neighbours, People’s Health Trust and Lloyds Bank. Blaise a fellow of the School of Social Entrepreneurs, has so far helped over 100 young people realise their potential and create positive impact content that will be streamed on the organisation’s online TV channel launching 28th May. Through workshops and events participants explore themes relating to race, gender and sexuality and make programmes that challenge stereotypes, increase understanding and authentically represent their community. Blaise is dedicated to supporting future creative leaders to break into the creative industries and make mainstream media more representitive of the UK population. “

“Blaise Singh is an inspiration to young people within the local community of all backgrounds, race, colour and sexuality. Blaise is dedicated to providing opportunities for underrepresented talent to voice and share stories that are important to them. Blaise has helped over 100 young people produce innovative and engaging positive impact content to challenge stereotypes, increase understanding and represent their community with authenticity. Making online TV productions and training and upskilling young individuals to develop confidence and self esteem. Providing opportunities to experience being in front of the camera and part of the crew down to the production and editing. The MADE programmes are about allowing participants to take lead and ownership of programme-making, giving them a chance to address issues of importance and unite disparate communities through entertainment. It is an exciting time where talented participants are given the right opportunities to showcase their skills in a way that would not normally be possible. “

Blaise Singh is founder/CEO of Make A Difference Entertainment (MADE) – a registered charity that exists to uniting diverse communities through media production and broadcasting projects. The organisations projects are supported by Big Lotto, Near Neighbours, People’s Health Trust and Lloyds Bank. Blaise a fellow of the School of Social Entrepreneurs, has so far helped over 100 young people realise their potential and create positive impact content that will be streamed on the organisation’s online TV channel launching 28th May. Through workshops and events participants explore themes relating to race, gender and sexuality and make programmes that challenge stereotypes, increase understanding and authentically represent their community. Blaise is dedicated to supporting future creative leaders to break into the creative industries and make mainstream media more representitive of the UK population. “

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To nominate Make A Difference Entertainment (MADE) and MADE’s founder please visit:

Or for a nomination form please email: emma@nationaldiversityawards.co.uk

This is the link to vote for each of the award:

Community Organisation award for Make A Difference Entertainment (MADE):

Entrepreneur of Excellence Award for Blaise Singh:

Positive role model for Blaise Singh:

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