AudioActive – RadioReverb’s Charity of the Year

AudioActive is a groundbreaking charity using music and creativity to make a real difference in the lives of young people.

We’re proud to name them our Charity of the Year for 2020-2021, launching a radio show produced by their young service users and highlighting their projects on-air. Their work with young musicians across Sussex has had a huge impact on the landscape of the city’s youth services over nearly twenty years. Their free, open-access music sessions across the city give young people a voice and a platform, and provide access to studios and music technology for diverse young people who are normally excluded from the music industry.

AudioActive form a crucial part of Brighton & Hove’s frontline youth services, running projects for youth mental health like Room to Rant and for young offenders like Bridges, workshops for isolated service users at the Clock Tower Sanctuary, and child-to-parent violence reduction programmes like Break4Change.

Meanwhile their larger programme aims at promoting positive futures through music, addressing social inequality in the creative industries. Whether through Equaliser, which provides free digital production workshops for young women, or Kustom Vibes, the all-ages performance event, their work continues to impact the lives of young people in our city.

As part of our partnership with AudioActive, RadioReverb are broadcasting a monthly radio show and podcast about their work in the city. Presented and produced by young people who have benefited from their programmes, with support and training from our station producer, it launched on Sunday 16th August. Read more about it or sign up on their website. We’ll also be encouraging our listeners to donate and get involved with the charity with on-air trails highlighting their campaigns.

A statement from Geoffrey Bowden, a director at RadioReverb: “We were overwhelmed by the quality and standard of applications we received for Charity of the Year, but the Reverb board agreed that AudioActive was the stand-out winner. Their work with some of the hardest to reach young people using music as a tool for social change is nothing short of amazing and the station is looking forward to supporting the charity over the coming year.”

For more information about AudioActive’s work and range of services, or to support them with a donation, visit: