GAMA Horizons Fellowship promotes underrepresented voices in tabletop

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GAMA Horizons Fellowship, an initiative by GAMA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee now in its 4th year, promotes underrepresented voices in tabletop through an eight-month mentorship and coaching program. Fellows selected will receive housing and travel stipends to attend GAMA Expo 2025 and Origins Game Fair 2025, along with a 1-year complimentary membership in GAMA and a $1,000 grant. You can learn more below:

COLUMBUS, OHIO — In an effort to promote new diverse and underrepresented publishers and retailers in the tabletop space, the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is accepting applications for the Horizons Fellowship. Applications are now open and will be accepted through July 22, 2024.

Now in its 4th year, the Horizons Fellowship is an initiative by GAMA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee to develop a more diverse landscape in the tabletop gaming space through an eight-month mentorship and coaching program. Fellows will also receive housing and travel stipends to attend both GAMA Expo 2025 and the Origins Game Fair 2025.

ALL SELECTED FELLOWSHIP PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE:

  • 1-year complimentary membership in GAMA
  • A $1,000 grant for business or operational expenses.
  • Educational, networking and promotional opportunities at GAMA Expo 2025 and Origins Game Fair 2025.
  • Travel Stipend and lodging for GAMA Expo 2025 and Origins Game Fair 2025
  • Complimentary GAMA Expo 2025 retailer appreciation box (retailer participants)
  • Virtual classes and panels featuring industry experts and leaders

Selected participants will be announced in September of 2024. For full detail about the Fellowship, please visit https://www.gama.org/Horizons

“Our goal with the Horizons Fellowship is to create deep rooted connections between our participants, volunteers and alumni. What we’re building is a community – one built through education and influence. Slowly but surely, we’re changing the face of the tabletop industry by making it a more open and welcome place.”  – Ray Chou, Horizons Fellowship Co-Chair & Horizons Fellowship Mentor 

“As the tabletop industry trade organization, GAMA is able to bring together experts from all parts of the industry to share their guidance, connections, and wealth of knowledge with the next generation of amazing industry professionals. We’re so proud to be able to support such an incredible program!” – Matt Fantastic, GAMA Board Member & Horizons Fellowship Mentor

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Richard Allen is a freelance writer and contributing editor for various publications. While he enjoys modern gaming, he is a retro gamer at heart, having been raised on a steady diet of Contra, Mario, and Dragon's Lair.  Chat with him via @thricetheartist on Twitter.

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