A.D.J.A. Tips On
How To Hire A DJ
strongly recommends that you ask the following questions
Disc Jockey Rates and
About iPod Weddings
- Have you commited yourself to follow the ADJA
Code of Professional Conduct?
Any responsible business owner will be
committed to living by the
code of Professional Conduct.
This is just one of the commitments that legitimate entertainment
companies will make to you.
- Are you insured? Can you supply me with proof
Many responsible business owners carry
liability insurance to protect their businesses and the consumer. Many
locations are beginning to require proof of liability. Ask for proof of
liability insurance. Disc Jockey's receive a Certificate of
Liability which can be used as proof.
- Will you be willing to play requests and
discuss music ahead of time?
A versatile Disc Jockey is willing to listen to
your suggestions, give you feedback and play from your desired song list.
A professional Disc Jockey will also accept the fact you may not want
certain songs played. A professional Disc Jockey cannot know everything
about your musical preferences and entertainment needs without
- Do you use Professional Equipment?
Ask whether your prospective Disc Jockey works
with professional audio equipment. If you are not sure, ask for their
equipment list and check with a local music dealer or the A.D.J.A. to
verify they are using professional-grade sound gear. Remember that
professional gear does not guarantee an entertainer's talent or service
level, but is simply a tool for building an exceptional event.
- Do you provide backup equipment at my event?
Although equipment failure is rare, do you
really want your special occasion ruined because your Disc Jockey did not
come prepared? It is also important to know if your Disc Jockey has a
back-up plan in case of illness or an accident. Members of the A.D.J.A.
have many resources available to them in case of an emergency. You may
also reach our Hotline number to get a Disc Jockey when you have an
emergency. The toll-free number is 888-723-5776.
Booking a reliable Disc Jockey is a very important decision for the
success of your party. Selecting a Disc Jockey who is an active member of
the American Disc Jockey Association will provide you with the confidence
that you have selected a trained professional. A.D.J.A. members are more
likely to be involved with other Disc Jockey's who can help them out with
an unexpected situation.
- Does the Disc Jockey know the proper
etiquette for your type of party?
A professional Disc Jockey will assist you with
the planning of your special day. Most professional entertainers will
coordinate, emcee and provide the music that you desire. Ask if they have
experience with your type of event.
- How much time do you allow for set-up?
Punctuality is a necessity.
Most Disc Jockey's arrive at least one hour prior to the start time you've
given them. Your entertainer should ideally be setup and in-place before
your first guest walks through the door.
- Do you provide a written contract?
It is extremely important to have your booking
confirmed in writing. Ask for a written agreement,
especially if you are paying an initial retainer. The standard initial
payment for entertainment services is 50%. If you are expecting a specific
entertainer, make sure you get it in writing as well.
- Will you be suitably dressed for our
Specify the type of apparel that your Disc
Jockey is expected to wear for your occasion. Formal attire or coat & tie
are the most popular forms of attire. If you are having a "themed" event,
make sure your entertainer is informed.
- Do you belong to a professional organization
or trade group?
Although belonging to an organization or trade
group does not guarantee the talent or professionalism of a disc jockey,
it may indicate the companies willingness to network, learn and grow. Disc
jockeys can learn through local chapter meetings, national DJ conventions
and seminars geared toward the entertainment professional.
Other Items to Note
Disc Jockey rates vary based on talent,
experience, emcee ability, service, coordination, equipment needed, music
knowledge, mixing ability and personality.
Rates for the DJ industry vary greatly, ranging from $350.00 to over
$5,000.00 with an average of $1,200.00 for a 4 hour booking.
The best price is not always the best deal, especially if you are planning a
wedding. As a matter of fact, surveys conclude that nearly 100% of brides
would have spent more money on their entertainment and made it their #1
priority in hindsight.
A full-service disc jockey company will normally invest 12 to 30
hours to your special event but it may appear that you are only
paying for "4 hours". Consultations, music purchasing & editing,
preparation, set-up and tear-down, education and other business related
endeavors add up to the overall success of your special occasion.
Please call for rates and availability. (408) 842-2330
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