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Alumni Lead Young Entertainment Professionals Group

Young Entertainment Professionals Board of Directors Photographed at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. ©JasonMyers

Nine Belmont alumni were recently featured in an article on forbes.com, “Meet the Twentysomethings Changing Nashville’s Networking Tune,” highlighting Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP), a networking group in Nashville that brings together young members of the entertainment industry.

These nine alumni including Andrew Cohen, YEP founder and director, MaryAnn Keen, Rachel Knight, Caroline Melby, Katie Roth, Garrison Snell, Alina Thompson, Laura Williams and Amelia Varni are members of YEP’s 11-person Board of Directors and have contributed to the organization’s growth. Beginning as an idea between two new graduates and entertainment industry newbies, YEP has now morphed into the city’s premiere young professional networking group with more than 4,000 engaged members.

In the article, Cohen describes YEP’s success as a jumping-off-point for many members. “I hear stories all the time,” he said. “At literally every event I meet people who’ve just moved to town in the past two weeks, and the next time I see them they have jobs. I just met a girl who said, ‘I moved 2,000 miles across the country because YEP helped me find a job.”

In addition to its regular meet-up events, YEP recently launched a mentorship program, Springboard, that matches “impressive” members with executives from partner agencies.

Photo provided by Jason Myers Photo.