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Confetti Has Been Inspiring Our Young Ones for 25 Years Now

21 November 19 words: LeftLion

All the cool kids go to Confetti. Everyone knows that. These days, though, it’s so much more than a college; Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies is just one arm of the monolith of organisations that make up Confetti Media Group. There’s learning-space design company Constellations, Spool Films, Antenna Media Centre, Denizen Recordings, Notts TV, and most recently the hottest venue in town, Metronome. This year, CMG is shining silver after turning 25 years old, so here we take a look at just some of the bricks that’ve built up the kingdom over the years...

Confetti Studios opens its doors. Fourteen students begin studying sound engineering in a single recording studio, taught by a handful of staff.

Spool Films launches, part of the Confetti Media Group – offering sound post-production services to film and TV companies. One of their first clients is Shane Meadows for Dead Man’s Shoes, and they’ve continued working with him up until his latest project The Virtues for Channel 4.

Confetti’s first Industry Week. Industry Week is an annual event where the student timetable is replaced with inspirational talks, workshops, and seminars from top industry names. Industry Week has put on over 1000 events and welcomed over 300 top industry names including: Shane Meadows, Nick Broomfield, Vicky McClure, Michael Eavis, Greg Dyke, Professor Green, Chase and Status, Sleaford Mods, Greg Dyke, Joe Dempsie, Stacey Dooley, Rockstar Games, Creators of Rocket, and Aardman Animations, to name a few.

Denizen Recordings forms. Record label, artist management company, and music publishing operation. Denizen was created to discover and develop emerging musical talent, supporting them into successful careers in the music industry.

Ey up me duck. Notts TV launches on Freeview, and Confetti Media Group is part of the consortium to do it. Students on NTU’s broadcast journalism courses, and Confetti’s Film and TV course, have helped broadcast more than 3840 hours of original TV and more than 51 interns now have jobs working for major broadcasters.

Craig Chettle sells Confetti Media Group to Nottingham Trent University. This new partnership heralds the start of significant investment in Confetti – massively expanding its footprint with new buildings, studios and classrooms. In the same breath, Confetti Media Group launches inaugural Nottingham Poetry Festival with Henry Normal.

In little over a year, a former abandoned Post Office building and car park is transformed into Nottingham’s newest venue, Metronome. By day, it’s the most incredible place to study
music performance, live events and audio and music technology. By night, it’s the home of an eclectic mix of live music, spoken word and interactive events.

The year of anniversaries. Notts TV turns five, Antenna turns ten, and Confetti turns 25. Happy birthday, everyone.

Follow the anniversary activity using the hashtag #confetti25

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