Dates announced for Young Audio Awards 2020

The dates have been set for the previously announced new-look Young Audio Awards.

The awards debuted as the Young ARIAS in 2019 but will go forward with a new name to avoid any connection with the Radio Academy ARIAS.

The Young Audio Awards is a national competition for under 18s to discover the next generation of audio talent, and organised between Radiocentre and the BBC.

The awards recognise the work done by schools to encourage kids to discover audio and will open for entries on December 2nd.

Presenters from KISS and BBC Radio 1 will be Ambassadors for the 2020 event, promoting the awards, talking about them both on-air and on social media. The awards will be supported on-air across BBC Radio 1 & 2, commercial radio and podcasts.

The Young Audio Awards are open to school radio stations, podcasts, homemade audio projects, community radio contributors and DJs.

Launching today during Creative Careers Week, a new week-long event which will see hundreds of employers from across the creative industries opening their doors to young people to inspire and inform the next generation of workers.

William King, who won the Best Factual category this year, said: “Winning in the first year of the Young Audio Awards was a dream come true for me. I don’t live near a large city with a big media industry, so the awards has given me the opportunity to start building a network, host a show on national radio, and continue building on my skills. It’s given me the confidence to pursue my dream career and I’d highly recommend anyone making audio to enter.”

James Purnell, Director, BBC Radio & Education, said: “We want to encourage young people from across the UK to take part and show us what brilliant and captivating audio content they can create. These awards are a launch pad for future stars and I’m delighted that we have joined forces with the commercial radio sector once again to shine a light on some incredibly talented and passionate young people.”

Siobhan Kenny, Radiocentre CEO, said: Siobhan Kenny, Radiocentre CEO, added: “The memory the last Young Audio Awards still gives me goosebumps. It was so amazing to witness the sheer joy of 200 excited under 18s, not to mention the incredible budding radio and audio talent on display. I hope everyone will get busy entering for the chance to be part of the audio revolution.”