NADJ Launch DJ Scholarships
At their recent AGM the National Association of Disc Jockeys (NADJ) announced a new initiative to encourage young people who have an interest in DJing. The Youth Development Program is aimed at introducing young up-coming DJs to the exciting and varied world of DJing and giving them the support they need to find their niche in this industry.
Chairman Phil Cunnington has made it his personal target for 2008 to ensure this program gets off to a great start and has the impact necessary to help develop DJs of the future. It will give them the guidance they need, not only in DJing and music, but in audio and visual technical work, and even starting and running their own business or working on contract.
The key initiative of the Youth Development Program is a DJ Scholarship with two positions available in the first year, which will be decided by application and interview. Initial application can be made by completing a form available from the NADJ website, by voice message or by video message. The scholarship is aimed at, but not restricted to, those committed to starting or improving a career in DJing who are 15 to 19 years of age.
The scholarship program will last a year and will consist of the following elements:
1) A 16 part, 8 week course encompassing all aspects of DJ work from music construction to AV signal technology and from mixing to business practices. These can be attended in different locations around the Country and the course is well established and recognised across the industry as the best available.
2) Mentoring by the NADJ Youth Development Team which consists of NADJ members with a wide range of DJing experience from mobile to club to radio. Advice and encouragement will be available 7 days a week throughout the year by text, phone or email.
3) A program of work experience including a minimum of two sessions (i.e. 6 in total) with each of the following: a mobile DJ, a club DJ and a radio DJ. The program will also include a session at a professional mixing studio.
4) 1 year’s free membership of NADJ
5) Voluntary participation in NADJ Youth Development Program events around the Country, throughout the year.
6) All course fees and travel costs for the above activities to be paid by the scholarship.