It’s a fantastic time to study Music

Friday October 27, 2017


New industry figures reveal the UK continues to punch well above its weight when it comes to the music industry:

  • The UK industry grew by 6% in 2016, contributing £4.4 billion to the UK economy
  • Millions of fans pouring into concerts ranging from Glastonbury to small bars has pushed the contribution of live music to the economy up by 14% to £1 billion
  • Employment in the music industry has increased by a whopping 19% to over 142,000 jobs

With the industry continuing to grow across almost every sector, there isn’t a better time to be studying music in our brand-new home for music and live events.

Our new specialist home for Music & Events has already opened its first rooms

Confetti was founded in 1994 by a former music producer as a specialist music institute, and almost 25 years on we’re set to enhance our reputation as a leading force in contemporary music education by transforming the ground-floor of the Marco Island building in Nottingham into a haven for music & live events students. In March, we opened our first space, Studio 2, which is made up of a live room, vocal booth, editing suite and control room. Six fantastic rehearsal rooms have since been opened and our students have taken no time to test them out.

This amazing new space will include:

– 14 rehearsal spaces
– 5 recording studios
– 300 capacity live event venue
– Critical listening seminar room
– Live events production workspace
– Mastering, surround sound and post-production studio

The 300 capacity live events space will give our students lots of opportunities to apply what they learn on the course in front of a live audience. This is just one of many opportunities to ‘Do It For Real’ as our students can already gain valuable experience at some of the Midlands’ most exciting music events.

Our Technical Events college and degree courses give you an access-all-areas pass to the city’s best music events, thanks to our partnerships with local promoters and venues. From lighting and sound engineering to production and stage management – you’ll work alongside professional teams at concerts, gigs and festivals.

Incredible events you could be involved in

We regularly put on Confetti Live, a live gig set up and run by our Live & Technical Events students who also provide the sound and lighting. Our Music Performance college and degree students get the chance to perform with local established acts, and our Film & TV students record the whole event!

Our students are also involved in Nottingham’s biggest outdoor music festival Splendour, which entertained 25,000 music lovers this year. Last year’s record-breaking numbers in terms of student engagement were smashed again! This year we had over 120 students from across both college and degree courses working in over 209 different roles. Our students worked hard both in the days leading up to the festival and throughout the day to make sure stages were set and some of the world’s biggest names in music were ready to perform.

In October we hosted our own stage at Hockley Hustle, a street music festival that saw 250 acts entertain thousands across 25 venues. At Confetti Live presents The Bodega Upstairs our past and present students put on an amazing gig, alongside artists from our artist management company Denizen.

The benefits of our partnerships

Josh Wheatley
Former Confetti student Josh Wheatley, now signed to Denizen

Our artist management company Denizen works with our students and teaching teams to help develop musical talent. They can support you in getting a record deal, gigs and with music releases. Even better, Denizen has now teamed up with music publisher Sentric Music, who can help you make money from your music productions.

Along with our brand new postgraduate degrees, an MA in Creative Technologies and an MSc in Creative Technologies, we’ve also partnered up with Tileyard Education to develop an MA Commercial Songwriting and Production, delivered entirely at the Tileyard Education Centre in London.

Earlier this year we announced that we’ll be running our further education courses in collaboration with Access to Music – a national college offering creative courses for school leavers in nine major cities across the country. This has resulted in a sharing of knowledge and expertise resulting in bigger and better industry connections and more opportunities to put learning into practice.

Meet key industry professionals

We’re proud to offer unrivaled opportunities to meet key industry performers, promoters and producers. Every year we put on Industry Week – a week packed full of talks, interactive workshops, seminars and demos from some of the most influential practitioners in music, games, digital media, TV and film! Over the years we’ve seen some fantastic people, including Radio 1’s senior producer Andy Rogers; rap artist Professor Green; guitar legends Mikey Demus, Aziz Ibrahim & Andy James, Will Kennard from electronic duo Chase & Status…and much more!

After graduating from a specialist institute like Confetti, you’ll be ready to pursue a career in the music industry, be it as a sound engineer, promoter, performer or songwriter – our courses and facilities are tailored to give you the best chance of success. Study with us and learn from and alongside music specialists.

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