NADJ Announces Winning Scholar
After a tough selection process – made harder by the range of high-calibre applicants – the National Association of DJs has announced the winning candidate for its NADJ Scholarship, a programme that will offer them access to training and educational resources purpose-picked to help take their performance and business to the next level. Iggy Davis (of Dorset-based Iggy Events DJ & Mobile Disco) was the successful DJ, though the judges – Eddie Short and Mark Walsh – also decided to offer a ‘special commendation’ to another young applicant, Charlie Rogers.
“Overall the standard of applications was really good and we were encouraged by the quality and detail included in the answers,” said Eddie Short, Pro Mobile Editor and Pro Mobile Conference Curator. “It was really hard to get it down to one ultimate winner, however we are sure that we have chosen well and the winner will embrace the prize package whole-heartedly.”
The scholarship, which is supported by Pro Mobile along with BPM, DJ Dynamics (the training provider formed by Mastermix and the London College of Music) and Derek Pengelly, will give Iggy Davis access to the Pro Mobile Conference 2015 as a full delegate, one year’s tuition from DJ Mentor 365 (Derek Pengelly) and VIP access to BPM 2015. Iggy will also receive copies of three DJ training books, a year’s extension to his NADJ membership and access to the DJ Dynamics (Level 1) training course.
“Iggy stood out as a recent convert to full-time mobile DJing; he has used New Enterprise grants to help build his business and has also invested in books, DVDs and training to help build his business,” explained Mark Walsh, BPM Director. “He cites the NADJ as helping raise his personal standards, his outlook is 100% positive and his application really hooked both Eddie and I with his determination to make his business work. There was no one stand-out reason why Iggy should win, however, he was one of the only applicants that seemed to have covered the whole package. He seems to be in control of all aspects of his business, and we really look forward to welcoming Iggy to the Pro Mobile Conference.”
Meanwhile, Charlie Rogers of SLS Discos won himself a Sunday Delegate place at the upcoming Pro Mobile Conference, after the judges felt compelled to offer him a ‘special commendation’ for the strength of his application.
“Charlie is a young DJ, but even at 18 years old you would honestly think you were reading the application of someone a lot older,” said Eddie. “His attitude is great and he's really keen to carve out a career as a full-time mobile DJ. Charlie has been DJing for three years and has learnt so much in this short time. We really felt that we wanted to reward Charlie for his professional approach and attitude to success.”
Following the final decision, and pleased with the high standard of all entries, NADJ Chairman Alan Marshall had this to say: “Many congratulations to Iggy from the team of volunteers at the National Association of Disc Jockeys! We know from the glowing report on your NADJ Scholarship application that you are sure to use all the different parts of the programme to the full potential of your performances and your DJ business.”
As a reward to all NADJ Scholarship entrants, the DJs that applied will each receive a £50 discount for the Full Delegate package at the Pro Mobile Conference 2015, which will run from Sunday the 8th to Monday the 9th of March.