Arqiva to sponsor award at Young ARIAS

The Arqiva award for technical excellence to be awarded at the inaugural Young ARIAS event in May

The British radio industry has begun its search for a range of audio stars of the future with entries opening for the Young ARIAS - a new annual awards event celebrating radio and audio created by under 18s at school radio stations, local projects and as individuals.

Arqiva is proud to be sponsor of the Technical Excellence award, which recognises radio’s off-air heroes - the innovators, engineers and editors who keep the presenters on-air, make recording more efficient and push stations forward with fresh ideas.

With BBC Radio 1’s Matt Edmondson and Mollie King and KISS FM’s new Breakfast team Tom Green and Daisy Maskell on board as ambassadors, the Young ARIAS aim to widen the talent pool coming into British radio and provide an opportunity for young people to access the industry.

The awards are open to school radio stations, podcasts, homemade audio projects, community radio contributors and DJs and provide young audio talent with a chance to gain exposure to, and a better understanding of, the radio and audio industry.

The winners and the institutions that support them will also be offered money can’t buy prizes, such as the opportunity to guest host on a national radio show, mentoring and special school assemblies. The Young ARIAS will showcase and nurture talent and will be promoted nationally on some of the UK’s biggest radio stations.

The full list of categories and details of how to enter free of charge from 04 February are available on www.youngarias.co.uk and @theyoungarias.

People can enter the Young ARIAS here.

The awards will take place on 17 May at the BBC Radio Theatre, featuring some of radio and audio’s biggest stars.

“At Arqiva, our people work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure everyone’s fantastic audio content makes it into the UK’s homes, cars and workplaces. We’re passionate about inspiring the next generation of off-air heroes and supporting the inaugural Young ARAIS is another fantastic way to do just that.

“I am excited to see the entries and even more excited about perhaps one day working alongside some of the entrants in this brilliant industry of ours.”

“There’s an audio revolution going on, and technology means it’s never been easier for young people to create their own unique audio projects. Now is the perfect time to celebrate this explosion of creativity and potentially find the radio and audio stars of tomorrow.”

“The Radio Academy is delighted to be able to use the connections we have across the sector to link great young British radio and audio talent with the rest of the industry. The Young ARIAS are set to be a fantastic platform for showcasing the best of what this country’s next generation of radio and audio has to offer, and we can’t wait to see the entries.”

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About the Young ARIAS

The Young ARIAS are the new awards for eight to 18 year olds and schools who have a passion for creating radio and audio. Over 1,000 schools across the UK have a radio station/audio equipment, which means along with under 18s making their own podcasts, audio mixes and community radio shows there are thousands of kids involved in radio and audio projects. The Young ARIAS wants to shine a spotlight on the UK’s young talent and provide an opening into the world of radio & audio.

For more information please contact Sophie.banda@radiocentre.org or visit www.youngarias.co.uk

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