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Nottingham To Hold Women in Music Event to Tackle Inequality in the Industry

This week marks International Women’s Day and combined with the continued growth of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements and discussions surrounding gender imbalances within the music industry, our friends over at DHP are organising an exciting event – Women in Music.

Taking place at Rescue Rooms, the event on 7 March will address the gender imbalance in the music industry, with the aim of creating an environment for discussion and a platform for positive change.
The Women in Music event is open to people of all genders and at all levels of their careers. The evening will feature a keynote interview and panels discussing what challenges women currently face; what businesses can do to improve diversity and look at what is being done currently to drive change. There will be networking drinks post-event for attendees to meet each other and continue discussions.

Tickets are £5, but as a students you can get buy yours for just £3. All proceeds from the night will be donated to Equation, a Nottinghamshire charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse and sexual violence. Book your ticket now.

Panel speakers confirmed so far include:

  • Helen McGee – Divisional Manager, Operations at Academy Music Group;
  • Zoya Rossi – Production Manager, The Borderline;
  • Dom Frazer – owner, The Boileroom;
  • Tre Stead – Tour Manager (Frank Turner);
  • Anwyn Williams, Marketing Manager, DHP Family

There will also be a conversation between BBC Nottingham radio show presenter Verity Cowley and singer-songwriter Nina Smith.

Also attending the event is Carlina Gugliotta – Tour Manager for London Grammar and Adele – who earlier on Wednesday 7 March will be speaking to our students as part of Industry Week. The interview, conducted by Justin Turford, will cover her experience on managing high profile tours and is titled ‘Life on the Road with Adele and London Grammar‘. 

One of the organisers of the event is DHP Head of Marketing Kelly Bennaton, and we caught up with her to talk about her experience within the industry.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your career so far?
I’m currently the Head of Marketing at DHP Family, a national concert promoter, festival organiser and venue operator. Prior to working with DHP Family I have worked for the Association of Independent Music, Festival Republic and Parallel Lines Promotions as well as running my own music promotion company. I’m also an advocate for women’s rights and have been volunteering with local women’s charities in Nottingham for over 4 years.
Festival line-ups have been criticised for their lack of female acts – what are your views on gender equality at festivals?
I think it’s incredibly important to have gender equality at festivals. We know that sexism and misogyny do not exist in a vacuum and are very much dictated by the culture that we consume. By not having women represented on festival bills we are effectively sending out the message that women’s art is not as important as that of men’s & this simply isn’t the case.
What has been your experience as a woman in music?
I’ve been incredibly lucky in that I’ve had some amazing female mentors throughout my career and currently I work with some really talented and lovely women. As an independent promoter though I’ve had many experiences of being talked down to and not being taken seriously. I’ve heard some real horror stories of how other women have been treated though, and feel privileged that I work for a company that takes this seriously.
Have you seen any changes within the industry since the beginning of the #MeToo movement?
I think it’s really helping to give people the courage to talk out about their experiences, the sense of solidarity amongst women is inspiring and hopefully men will see this as a sign that they can’t continue to get away with abusive or intimidating behaviour. There’s still much to be done though and I think this is only the start of what I hope will be a significant change.
What advice would you give to our female students looking to start a music career?
I’d say focus on the area you would like to get into and reach out to other women working in that side of the industry. A lot of the music industry is based on relationships and contacts, so networking and experience is really important.

Are you interested in Music Performance or Live and Technical Events? Book onto one of our future open days and explore our fantastic facilities.

Confetti is closed until Monday 5 March due to snow!

Due to adverse weather conditions, the decision has been made to close all Confetti buildings on Thursday 1 March and Friday 2 March. No lectures will be taking place on these days for college or degree level students.

We anticipate being open on Monday, but should the bad weather continue over the weekend, please check our website and social accounts before starting your journey.

Tech store & equipment

  • The Convent Street Tech Store is open Thursday to students wanting to return kit
  • Students can return any Space2 kit to the Convent Street Tech Store

College-level open evening – 01.03.2018

Tonight’s college-level open evening has been cancelled due to the bad weather. If you had a booking, we will be in contact again soon to let you know about alternative open days. We thank you for you patience and apologise for any inconvenience.

MA Commercial Songwriting and Production student Duncan receives sought-after bursary from Marshall Records

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Are you thinking about continuing your studies after completing your Bachelor’s degree? Along with our postgraduate courses delivered at Confetti, you can also apply to study MA Commercial Songwriting and Production at our friends, Tileyard Education, in their London studios. Tileyard Studios is the largest music community in Europe, and their students are already making a strong impression.

Duncan Brookfield, a student on MA Commercial Songwriting and Production, kicked off his Tileyard Education journey in style as he became the first-ever recipient of the much sought after bursary from Marshall Records – and it was certainly well deserved. His track record is impressive, with over 3 million streams on Spotify for his solo work and a strong social media presence to boot. Having been gigging in London since he was a teenager, he’s been making connections all over the music scene, has been involved in countless projects, has played in various bands, and has been honing his own production skills all at the same time.

He’s currently producing fellow student, Chloe Rona’s new music and they are now working with Tileyard’s Jo Hart and Hart Media to launch a PR campaign in the coming months. They were introduced to Jo as part of the MA course, and it’s great to see that they’ve decided to take things further and work together on a professional level.

Like Confetti, Tileyard encourages integration between their students and the Tileyard community, and Duncan has found that studying there has not only given him fantastic opportunities to collaborate with fellow students but also to network with the professionals within the industry (e.g. BBC Amplify, Notting Hill Music @ KOKO).

“The MA course is super relevant to me, and has given me a lot of extra knowledge and confidence. The tutors are fantastic too, and they are always more than happy to give me feedback and constructive criticism. I also love that I can test out my material at the jam nights in the Vinyl Cafe, which is really helpful for developing as an artist. Tileyard is an inspiring place to be in, the facilities are amazing and it’s extremely professional but also friendly and inclusive.”

Duncan has already sparked the interest of Tileyard Music, which could potentially lead to more songwriting projects and collaborations.

Steve Tannett of Marshall Records has been working closely with Duncan during the first two terms of the MA course. Steve was impressed by Duncan’s approach to music, his work ethic and professionalism, and said, “Duncan is an opportunist, he’s inspiring and we’re proud to be sponsoring him.”

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So far Marshall Records have given Duncan the fantastic Marshall CODE 50 guitar amp, as well as the opportunity to film a live session at their flagship studios. There may also be opportunities to collaborate with existing Marshall Records artists at their writing camps, on top of which, Duncan will be heading to Nashville to write with the team at Palmer Global Ink. Other current projects include playing bass for the alternative band, Black Ashes, and also playing drums for indie-rockers, Pure Youth.

If you’re interested in developing your skills further and would like to know more about MA Commercial Songwriting and Production at Tileyard Education, email

#IW18 Photo Competition – Our Biggest Yet!

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This year during Industry Week, we’re again running a photography competition which every student can enter. Ben won the competition last year by popular vote, but this year FIVE students will be able to win prizes. 

It couldn’t be easier to enter the competition this year! All you need to do is tag your images on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with #IW18. The best ten images will be chosen by us and voted on by you – the five photos with the most votes will be our winners and will choose their prize in the order of most votes to least.

Let’s check out the prizes…

Lauten Audio LA-220 Microphone (RRP £239.00)

Thanks to our Music Expo guests Synthax for providing our first prize which is this fantastic large-diaphragm FET studio condenser microphone by Lauten Audio. This is a professional and versatile microphone for studio vocal and instrument recording. 

Aston Origin Cardioid Condenser Microphone (RRP £249)

Aston, another Music Expo guest, has provided another quality Microphone for the competition. The Aston Origin is a high-performance cardioid condenser microphone utilising a one-inch gold evaporated capsule. It’s versatile enough to use with most instruments and excels on acoustic guitar and vocals. The Origin is designed to deliver direct, smooth and intimate sound for a natural and transparent recording.

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£50 PMT Voucher

Our friends at Professional Music Technology (PMT) have given us a £50 voucher to be spent at their store which is next door to our new Music & Live Events Hub at Marco Island! PMT is now one of the most established brands in musical instruments & music equipment retail and has firmly positioned itself as the UK’s finest supplier of guitars, drums, synths, keyboards, live sound & PA systems, computer music and recording products.


Two Confetti T-Shirts

If you choose this prize you’ll take home two Confetti tees in the size of your choice. One is an acid black crew tee with the Confetti plug; the other a white crew tee with our Confetti amp on the front.

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Full Moon Jacket Goodies

Former tutor, Paul Allen, is giving away some cool goodies from his new game Full Moon Jacket. The game is a solo and co-operative, squad-based survival and resource management strategy game set in the Vietnam war. One lucky winner will get a t-shirt, dog tag and a werewolf miniature bundle.

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When can you enter?

The competition will run from Monday 5 March until Sunday 11 March, with the ten best images chosen by us within 3 days. So remember, to enter your photos all you have to do is share them on any Twitter, Instagram or Facebook account with the hashtag IW18 (which we’re tracking). If you have any questions about the competition, message us on Facebook or Twitter.

Good Luck!

Want to be part of Industry Week next year? Find out more about our creative college courses and degree courses and book an open day.

60 Seconds with Industry Week Guest & Confetti Alumni Rhianne Murphy

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During Industry Week, Confetti games technology graduate, Rhianne Murphy will be providing an open discussion on the journey of a student finishing and pursuing their dreams in the games industry. We caught up with her to discuss her time at Confetti, her role as a Junior Level Designer and what you can expect from her session.

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself at Confetti?

Sure, I studied for four years at Confetti; two years were on a BTEC level 3 in Games Technology, and two years were on the FdSc Games Technology degree course. I now work as a Junior Level Designer for Sumo Digital in Sheffield.

  1. What were the most important skills you learnt as a games student?

The most important skill I learnt while studying here was what it takes to make a game from start to finish. During my studies, I realised how vital it is to communicate with your team!

Rhianne at last year's Do It For Real Games event.
Rhianne at last year's Do It For Real Games event.
  1. What was your favourite memory when studying at Confetti?

There are a few but nothing trumps the feeling of finishing and handing in a final project with your name at the end.

  1. How did Confetti help with your career journey?

Confetti taught me not just about the software and the industry but where I wanted to fit in it. They taught me perseverance which has helped throughout my career journey…and to never leave Harvard referencing until the last minute!

  1. What is your current job role?

I’m currently a Junior Level Designer which is a very colourful role. Sometimes I create visually and other times I use logic in scripts to get things working. It’s a great job!

  1. Are you currently working on anything exciting?

I’ve been working on Crackdown 3 for a little over a year now.

  1. What can we expect from your session during Industry Week?

I’ll be providing a relaxed talk about getting from education to industry and what to expect working on your first title. I hope I can give the current crop of students an insight into progressing from Confetti.

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  1. Have you got any advice for our students who are looking to follow the same career path?

Keep your head in your game development and try to put your mark on every project you are given.

Join Rhianne at Industry Week for a talk about graduating from Confetti and pursuing a career in the games industry. Want to be part of Industry Week next year? Find out more about our creative college courses and degree courses and book an open day.

Our degree-level Music Performance and Live and Technical Events students will learn from some of the industry’s top professionals

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Over the next few weeks, our degree-level students who are studying Music Performance and Live and Technical Events will gain valuable insight into a number of areas from some of the music industry’s top professionals. The sessions will run all over the academic term until the end of March and will focus on a number of topics from artist development to festival organisers.

Our guests are looking forward to providing our students with their knowledge and experiences, and hope to offer them a much better understanding of the industry they’re about to embark on.

Let’s have a look at the confirmed guest speakers…

Thursday 22 February

Songwriting Workshops with Josh Wheatley

Josh Wheatley is a former Music Technology student at Confetti and a songwriter with real passion and conviction, his work has already caught the attention of taste-makers at Radio 2 and 6Music.

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Monday 26 February

Live Panel with Rob McGee (Electric Harmony Music) and Carly Rockett (Communion Music)

Rob McGee is the owner of the Bristol-based booking company Electric Harmony. Along with an impressive UK based roster, the company has an international roster of clients, from Poland to Japan to the United States.

Carly Rockett is the ticketing and operations manager for Communion Presents, the live arm of Communion Music Group, based in the U.K

Monday 12 March

Promotion & PR Panel with Sammy Andrews (Deviate Digital), Jamie Danan and Terry Emm (Cannon Ball PR) and Will Robinson (I’m Not From London)

Sammy Andrews has a long and exciting history in the world of music, working within the industry as a concert promoter, artist manager and an independent record label founder. Andrews has travelled the globe working with artists and organisations, such as Annie Lennox, The Prodigy and Marilyn Manson and Island Records, Universal Records and SONY. She was awarded Women in Music Rising Star Award back in 2015 and named in “Music Week’s” 30 under 30 in the same year.

Canonball are a PR company based in London and have worked with a number of incredible artist and companies such as Green Day, Adidas, Samsung, Kings of Leon and many more. They were founded by Jamie Danan, whose previous experience as a music and culture journalist and then as a PR manager across major music and film titles. Terry Emm was added to the management team due to his exuberant passion for music and PR.

Will Robinson was introduced to Nottingham’s music scene over a decade ago. Over the next 10 years, Will built up I’m Not From London, the Nottingham based music promoter company who has now held shows all over the country.

Monday 26 March

Masterclass with Nick Raphael (Capitol Records UK)

Nick Raphael has spent the last 4 years as president of one of the biggest record labels in the world, Capitol Records UK. He has signed some of the biggest names in music to the label including Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer. Nick has worked with an impressive roster of artists including Jay-Z, Olly Murs, Paloma Faith and many more.


Monday 23 April

Artist Management Panel with Sarah Joy (ATC Management), Jason Hart (Jake Bugg’s Manager) and Rob Holden (IHT Records)

Working in several roles in the music industry including assisting ATC Live as a booking agent (home to some of the best acts at the forefront of the indie scene including Girl Band, Mac De Marco, Lucy Rose, Sleaford Mods), Sarah Joy also runs a management company for female-fronted alternative bands including Yassassin.

Jason Hart is a freelance music manager and is the man responsible for discovering Nottingham’s Jake Bugg. Jake went on to sign with Mercury Records and sold over 1.5 million copies of his debut album.

Rob Holden is the head of IHT Records which he formed with David Gray. Previous, Holden was an A&R executive at Polydor UK.

Are you interested in Music Performance or Live and Technical Events? Book onto one of our future open days and explore our fantastic facilities.

How do you Track or Change your UCAS Application?


Now that the UCAS application deadline has passed, many of you will want to keep track of your application. In this handy blog, we’ll explain how you can easily keep up-to-date with your progress. If you missed the deadline you can still apply for a Confetti degree. You have three options available to you.

UCAS Track

The easiest way to check your application’s progress is by using UCAS Track – an online system developed by UCAS that allows you to check the progress of your application once you’ve submitted it. For example, you can see whether any of your chosen universities/colleges have made you an offer, or review your replies to any of your offers, etc.

You’ll be able to sign in to UCAS Track at any time with the Personal ID in your welcome email, along with the password you used when applying.

How does it work?

Can I change my application?

There are some things you can make changes to, and for others you either contact the universities and colleges, but there are timescales to be aware of.

Keeping contact information up-to-date in Track
This includes your home address, phone number, and email address which can be changed in the ‘Personal details’ section.

Course, year, or point of entry
If you’re happy with the university or college but you’d like to change the course details, you’ll need to get in touch with the university or college rather than UCAS.

University or college
You can swap a choice for a different one within 14 days of the date on your welcome email, but you can only swap each choice once.

Changed your mind about your replies?
If you accepted your offers in the last 14 days, contact a UCAS adviser to make any changes to your replies. If it’s been more than 14 days, you’ll need to speak to your chosen uni to see if they’ll let you change.

Adding more choices
If you didn’t use all five choices, you can add more in Track as long as it’s before 30 June and you’ve not accepted or declined your offers. If you’ve used all five choices, you may be able to use Extra, a free service available for you to apply to one course at a time between 25 February and early July.

If you’d like to know more, use the UCAS website which is full of tips and advice on UCAS Track and the application process.

Haven’t applied yet? Explore our degree courses and find out how you can apply. If you’d like to see what life is like at Confetti, book onto an open day.

Music Producer Conner Turner Teaches our Students in the Newly Opened Studio 2

Today we welcomed music producer and DJ Conner Turner to our brand new Contemporary Music and Live Events Hub. He was giving a remixing workshop to our FdSc Audio and Music Technology students in our newly opened Studio 2.

The session was very useful for our students wanting to learn about manipulating sound, and it was a great experience for them to be taught by someone so involved in the UK music industry.

“We explored the art of remixing and how it’s done. I explained briefly a bit about myself and my background, but more importantly how I progressed in the industry so hopefully, it can help the next generation of producers.” Conner Turner

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Conner was one half of NVOY – a London based duo signed to Black Butter Records/Sony Music – before their split at the end of 2017. Their Aurum EP grasped support from Radio 1 following their Minimix for Annie Mac and their track ‘Golden Touch’ was recognised as the station’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’.

He’s the first external guest to teach in our new home for music and events and he’s very impressed with our new studio facilities:

“It’s amazing (the studio). I’ve taught in a lot of spaces across the UK and facilities have been good but this is so impressive. The way the studio is laid out is great, it’s really well set up. There’s really not anywhere in Nottingham that’s on this level!”

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studio 2

Conner will be at Industry Week in March to give our students songwriting masterclasses! Catching the ear of a distracted listener has never been more difficult. Join this session to learn just what it takes to take your songwriting skills to the next level.

For Industry Week news and announcements visit the Industry Week website or follow us on FacebookTwitter & Instagram.

Want to be part of Industry Week next year? Find out more about our creative college courses and degree courses.

Legendary Music Producer Gareth Jones gave Mixing Masterclasses to our Music Students

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Over the past few weeks, Gareth Jones – a music producer and engineer notable for working with Depeche Mode, Erasure, Indochine and Interpol – has been doing mixing masterclasses with our Audio and Music Technology degree students.

The highly skilled producer spent time with our students providing valuable and interesting insight on his career, while also teaching them a few new skills. He not only covered a range of specific techniques on mixing, but also more abstract skills including session management, managing people involved in the making of a record, and financial aspects.


“Recently I had the pleasure of doing four classes about Mixing at Confetti. Working with highly motivated and intelligent students, and helpful and facilitating staff made the whole experience positive and enriching.” Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones

Gareth was a pioneer in the use of digital equipment. He introduced sampling to many legendary bands such as Depeche Mode and Einstürzende Neubauten. He began recording with new electronic instruments such as AMS digital delays and the Synclavier sampler synthesiser which was brought in by Daniel Miller of Mute Records.

Music Curriculum Leader John Meredith believes our students will benefit from the sessions:

“Having someone with such an amazing and influential discography come in and show students some of his working practices was a really valuable experience for them: they all left inspired to create!”

Gareth Jones

If you’re interested in our music college-level or degree courses, sign up for our open day and explore our facilities.