How to Find the Safest DJs for Proms, Homecoming and Other School Dances

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With huge advancements in technology and the continual decrease in prices, smart phones, tablets and MP3 players are becoming more and more prevalent in our society and it seems every kid these days has one or all of the above at their disposal nearly 24 hours a day.  Therefore, as much as we try our best to protect them, with this kind of technology always at the ready, not to mention the constant pressure of their peers, our kids are exposed to potentially harmful influences on a minute-by-minute basis.  All we as parents and educators can hope to do is try and expose them to the safest influences we can.  School dances are no exception, which is why principles and faculty take the entertainment provided at their proms, homecoming and other school dances so seriously.  Here are a couple smart things to consider when seeking the safest DJs for all of your school’s dances.

 

First of all, it’s important to know that there are a great number of professional mobile DJs who specialize in school dances.  They listen to the radio, they know all of the current Top 40 hits and they know which songs are safe for all audiences and which songs are best avoided during their performances.  You can begin searching for one of these talented DJs immediately by consulting reputable talent agency websites that promote DJs who specialize in proms and other school dances in your area.  The longer the agency has been in business, the more likely they’re disc jockeys are reliable and represent the best, most responsible DJs the industry has to offer.  Just be sure their websites are professional and allow you to easily search for a school dance disc jockey by location and price point.

 

While most school dance DJs are knowledgeable and aware of their highly sensitive and impressionable audience, there are always songs out there that even the most experienced DJ hasn’t heard and certain words or phrases that a disc jockey may not realize are offensive to certain cultures.  Thankfully, there are services like the School Dance Network that can help.  By consulting their informative website – www.SchoolDanceNetwork.com, you can access all kinds of valuable information including a giant list of safe songs for students of all ages and cultural backgrounds, a regularly updated ‘Do Not Play List’ and current student trends in both lifestyle and music.  In addition, they certify and list the names of responsible DJs in their School Dance Directory.  Before you hire your next prom or other school dance DJ, check to see if their name appears in this directory and if you seek to hire through an agency, check to see that the agency is mentioned as well.

 

As with anything else, when it comes to school dances and events, the safety of our children is of utmost importance.  Hiring a responsible DJ for their prom, homecoming or other school dance entertainment benefits everyone, and it’s easy if you know where to look!

 

Current Trends in DJ Marketing and Promotions

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Becoming a professional mobile DJ is the same as starting a business.  While it may be a small entertainment business – a sole proprietorship that thrives entirely on the hard work and talents of it’s owner and sole employee – like any size business in any other industry, it relies heavily on its marketing and promotions to stay strong and grow it’s client base.  Each year, the landscape of marketing and promotions changes and a mobile DJ, like any other business, must keep up with current trends in order to compete.  Here are a few of the most current trends when it comes to marketing and promoting professional mobile DJs:

 

Social Networking – One of the biggest marketing trends that continues to evolve on an almost daily basis is the employment of social networking.  With the help of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and a whole slew of other terrific apps, disc jockeys are better positioned to market themselves to millions of potential clients.  Gone are the days of relying on word of mouth among a small group of friends, now reviews and recommendations are readily available for the world to access with a simple click of a mouse or touch of a screen 24 hours a day.  While there are still a few disc jockeys out there who are reluctant to embrace the social networking trend, the overall positive impact can’t be denied.  For many DJs, it is their main source of generating leads among past and current clients with whom they can develop and nurture relationships 140 characters at a time.

 

Websites that Pack a Punch – While social networking has certainly taken a great big bite out of the overall impact and importance of maintaining a website, a professional, artfully designed website can make all the difference for some DJs, especially for those with extensive resume’s and unique experiences that can’t be summed up in a few photos or a couple of paragraphs within a profile.  When linked to their Facebook page, websites are attracting even more visitors seeking to learn more about the DJ they’re looking to hire.  The websites that are proving most effective are those that are fun and interactive.  For example, instead of providing a simple list of some of their current favorite tunes, DJs are streaming entire songs for visitors to listen to while looking at their sites.  And instead of describing recent events they performed at, they’re providing videos from those events.

 

Agency Representation – The leading trend in promoting disc jockeys is securing professional talent agency representation.  This trend will continue to grow as DJs struggle to compete in an iPod saturated industry of amateur DJs.  Agencies only want to work with the best and event coordinators know they can count on an agency to hook them up with the most reliable, professional talent available and not another fly-by-night amateur disc jockey.  Large agencies representing mobile DJs throughout the United States and even abroad are fairing the best in this economy and the agencies with websites that simplify the process of finding a DJ the most are garnering the greatest number of clients.

Don’t Overlook The Importance Of Your Wedding Music

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There are two aspects of wedding music that need to be addressed when planning your big day. First, you may wish to select certain music or arrange for professional soloists or musicians to play during the actual wedding ceremony. But at the wedding reception, it’s pretty much anything goes when it comes to selecting wedding music, provided it’s tasteful.

Right away is the time to plan your wedding music. Good talent gets booked fast and you don’t want to end up having to select the brand new DJ with only a few weddings under his belt or something even worse. Booking your music a full year in advance is advisable but at a minimum, you should know who will be showing up and what he or she will be playing at least six months prior to the wedding date.

For most weddings, selecting the music for the wedding ceremony isn’t that complicated because most often, it’s controlled by the person in charge at the location where the ceremony will take place. When you’re researching your wedding ceremony options, be sure to inquire about any guidelines with respect to wedding ceremony music as these could possibly impact your decision. If the ceremony is being held outdoors, check for electrical hook-ups as well..

Wedding music during the ceremony is basically secondary to the ceremony itself so the music is really meant to sort of ‘fill in the gaps’ during the non-speaking periods such as while guests are being seated, during the procession, and while lighting the unity candles. Of course, it’s your wedding and it can be custom-designed.

The music that’s played at the reception, however, is going to mean the difference between a successful reception and one that’s ho-hum. And this is where things can start to get complicated. When you begin searching for wedding reception music, you’ll realize rather quickly that you have a lot of options.

It’s important that you both agree on the type of wedding music you want played at your reception. There are ‘traditional’ songs that almost always are played at certain points during the reception such as the father/daughter dance, the cake cutting, the dollar dance and so on. And then there is all the music in between. Do you want jazz, country, R&B, new age, Italian, Latin, Jewish-inspired, or a little bit of everything? That’s an important decision to make because the musicians you select have to be able to deliver what you want or you won’t be happy.

Try to book experienced professionals for your wedding music. Always ask for and check references. Even contact the Better Business Bureau. If booking live talent, arrange to hear a live performance before booking. Scrutinize the contract before signing to make sure all parties agree on the number of hours music will be provided and that everything that has been agreed to is in writing. Find out the cancellation and refund policy, too.