Supporting Grass Roots Talent Development

Have a look at the first of three films we are making this year with Rory Graham a.k.a Rag’n’Bone Man. The films will shine a light into our Grass Roots Talent Development projects, Social Innovation work and Rory’s involvement with AudioActive as Patron of the charity.

This film documents Rory’s visit to Sessions, our open access skills development programme in Brighton, Hove & Eastbourne. 70 Young People crammed into a studio at Brighton Youth Centre to join in a massive cypher with Rag’n’Bone Man. Elsewhere in the building Rory helped to lead a production session and sat in with a live band rehearsal.

Rory answered questions and offered some personal advice to young artists on how to forge their careers in music. He also spoke to the press, helping to spread the word about AudioActive’s important work.

It’s about confidence and inclusiveness. People can feel they’re part of something without being judged. It’s a daunting thing for everyone to sing and play an instrument for the first time. It’s important to be encouraged – Rory Graham

The day ended with a party, where Rory and fellow Rum Committee member/AudioActive practitioner Gi3mo played some of their favourite records – filling the dance floor.

We’re massively grateful to Rory and also to Sony Headphones and Sony Music/Columbia Records – who helped make the day possible.

It was a really positive experience for everyone involved, and genuinely inspiring for so many young and upcoming artists.

Watch this space for more films throughout the first half of this year…

Sessions is supported by Youth Music and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Our work also relies on generous donations from the public and businesses. To make a donation please click the Donate button at the top of the page. For details of our Corporate Donors package please contact us.


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AudioActive’s impact, 10 years on

Sam recounts his time as a troubled teen, and his journey to becoming an inspirational emerging artist & music leader.

According to Sam, music has had a life-changing impact on his life and he has some frank and fond reflections on his 10 years working with AudioActive.

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Kustom Vibes

Kustom Vibes is our new monthly all-ages showcase event that takes place at The Rose Hill.Audioactive have teamed up with QM RecordsNelson Navarro and Slip Jam to bring a night of performances from young musicians involved in all our projects, our tutors and up and coming acts with a connection to our organisation.

Kustom Vibes takes place on the last Tuesday of every Month

Doors at 7pm. Keep an eye on our Facebook for details of the next event.

Entry is free but donations are welcome.

If you’d like to perform at Kustom Vibes then get in touch

Kustom Vibes all-ages event – there is no age-limit for entry

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Electric Youth Ensemble

Our nationally significant Electric Youth Ensemble is the first of its kind in the UK.

So far, EYE have headlined their own show at The Old Market, performed on the same bill as Kate Tempest at Brighton Festival and travelled to Manchester to run workshops for music educators

Aside from creating and performing excellent and adventurous new music its aim is to nurture the innovative artists of tomorrow by giving them a firm grounding in industry level digital instrumentation and live production skills during their formative years as musicians. Take a look at the short film below to find out more…

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Bridges is our long-running partnership programme with Brighton and Hove Youth Offending Service (YOS). The project nurtures talented young people (18-25) and trains them to become the next generation of inspirational music leaders.

After completing our comprehensive accredited Music Leader course, trainees go onto paid employment within the project where they work alongside an experienced Music Leader running sessions for younger teenagers in the YOS studio. Many trainees have gone on to become regular practitioners in our wider projects.

Bridges has been made possible with funding from The National Foundation for Youth Music. Have look at Viv’s story to see how Bridges helped him.

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rap cypher


Sessions is our open access skills development, performance and master class
programme. Whether you’re an aspiring young musician wanting to get into music
production or an emerging artist looking to get some professional mentorship or industry support there’s something for you at Sessions.

Music Production, Rap & Lyric Writing, Band & Live Production workshops and song writing skills run weekly delivered by professional artist practitioners with industry experience. Sessions runs in a range of locations across Brighton, Hove, Fishersgate and Eastbourne. Participants can also plug in to regular performance opportunities from low-key open mic events to high profile gigs.

Session run on various days, term time only.

MondaysMusic production/Rap 6:30-8:30pm at Brighton Youth Centre (map)

MondaysPLAY band session with instruments and live music production, 6:30-8:30pm at Brighton Youth Centre (map)

TuesdaysRap and lyrics 5-7pm at Brighton Youth Centre (map)

WednesdaysMusic production/Rap 6-8pm at Crew Club, Whitehawk (map)

Wednesdays ‘Girls Make Music’ – songwriting, and instruments, female only group 5:30-7pm at Brighton Youth Centre (map)

WednesdaysMusic Production and Rap, Eastbourne 6-8pm at DC3 (map)

Sign up for your free place. Register here. 

Download all times and dates for Sessions here


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