So, what Is DJCAA?
The Disc Jockey Certification Association of America is an organization committed to promoting, registering and verifying professional DJs. We do this via a patent-pending certification process that includes setting specific standards that Disc Jockeys should follow. We also handle DJs as a virtual agent or manager in assisting getting them gigs.
This exclusive "certification" membership is not available to all DJs. It's a membership that requires each applicant to pass a *certification process and commit to professional and ethical industry standards. Standard membership is available to all DJs and comes with a lot of resources to build your business and career.
As a Certified & Verified member of the DJCAA, you are letting recording artists, venues and promoters know that you are a true professional DJ. A DJ that not only knows his/her craft but has been confirmed and verified through a third-party *certification process.
Once you have been accepted, and certified, into the DJCAA; you will have a secure website landing page that confirms your experience, job history, residency and music knowledge. We also help you get gigs.
NEW! DJCAA VERSION 6.0 JUST RELEASED!
DJCAA has many benefits for all members. The all-new version was just implemented with some amazing new features:
> Now add Soundcloud or Mixcloud players to your professional profile.
> New! Job postings for DJs and Radio on-air personalites.
> Now DJCAA provides access to OOL for more professional connections.
> Now GigNewton.com uses the DJCAA database for DJ referrals.
> Free form templates for DJs (contracts, agreements, etc).
> New! "Featured DJ" rotates on homepage.
> Extended How-to videos.
> New! DJ News. National news about the DJ/Music industry.
> New! Events page for DJs to nationally share their events to potential clients.
> New! Sites section for DJs to share their websites and favorite sites with others.
> Improved Photos section, Videos section, Profile section.
> New! Files section. Share files, documents and more.
All this plus all the other features that has always been available to all DJCAA members.
Why Should I Be Certified?
Then there's the legal aspect of the business. Many amateur DJ's will make their mixes available on their website. They illegally sell their mixes on burned CDs or downloadable files which affects the reputation of all of us.
To be certified by DJCAA, you're guaranteeing the public, recording artists, promoters and venues that you are a certified true DJ professional.
HOW DOES DJCAA WORK?
The purpose of our organization is to verify, confirm and certify professional DJs. We do this to keep the reputation of our industry professional and respectable. Our certification process reassures recording artists, promoters, venues, individuals and businesses that they are hiring professional Disc Jockeys that are experienced and work to specific standards.
The DJCAA provides a patent-pending 3-stage process that confirms a DJ's work experience, ethics and professionalism. We do this by providing a third-party hands-on review of your background, job history, residency and music/mixing skills.
Once you (as a DJ) are certified, we provide secure, online documentation with a unique registration serial number to any inquiry. This documentation is provided on our servers with a click-able emblem that you can embed on your website, Facebook page, MySpace and more.
We can also provide you with a certificate confirming your background, job history, residency and music/mixing skills. This is an achievement that you can be proud of because not all applicants are approved. We also act as your agent and/or manager. We assist with promoting you, marketing and getting gigs.
BE A PART OF AN AMAZING ORGANIZATION!
DJCAA is all about certifying professional DJs however that's not all we do. We assist you with imaging, promotions, marketing, PR, getting gigs, contracts, technical and much more. Even if we cannot certify you at this time, you can still be a part of DJCAA as a member.
WHY JOIN DJCAA
Why would you register with this organization? Simply put, DJCAA acts as a third-party professional reference organization. It also allows you to officially certify that you are a professional Disc Jockey through a third-party organization. A patent-pending process that verifies your knowledge, job history, residencies, and hands-on mixing experience. Other industries and professions have similar standards and verifications and now there's a system for our profession.
As a "Certified DJ" and a registered member of the DJCAA, you will be among the elite professionals in our niche industry. You are letting venues, promoters, businesses and events know that you are a true DJ professional. You will have an exclusive registration number and serial number that confirms your DJ credentials and experience. This serial number is updated annually through a third-party verification process. This process includes background job history, experience and actual live review of your mixing skills.
As a "Certified DJ", you are also agreeing to the standards of conduct of a professional DJ. This includes (but not limited to), your professional business practices, your legal use of music, your reputation and involvement in our industry. By being a DJCAA Certified DJ, you're also letting the recording industry know that you are not music swapping or allowing users to download your mixes and other activity that's not legal.
IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU
The main goal of the DJCAA is to finally separate the professional from the amateur. The DJCAA has been put in place because there is a need for it. Many professional DJs have expressed how individuals, that know nothing about music, mixing or the industry; can go out and buy a computer and software and call themselves DJs. These individuals then go out to venues and events, undercut the Pro DJ and basically give our industry a bad name. These individuals also make the "demo" mixes available for download on their site. Most think by putting the clause "For promotional use only" or "for demo only" is legal. As a Certified DJ, you are separating yourself from other hobbiests or amateurs that call themselves DJs.
By putting the initials "DJ" in front of your name, doesn't make you a DJ. That's where the DJCAA comes into play. Now professional DJs can be confirmed and maintain their status throughout the years as a registered member. To be honest, becoming a "confirmed DJ" is a process that a lot will not pass. It's a process that requires you to have true professional experience. It's based on that experience if you will become certified or not. Every aspect of the confirmation process is checked and double checked. Many who apply will not be certified.
This is why DJCAA is committed to providing the certifying process free of charge before you become a member. This way we can review your DJ history and background before paying the small annual membership fee. Once becoming a member, DJCAA acts as a third-party referral agent for anyone wanting to know more about you as a DJ. We also provide a lot more for all our members. This includes networking, advice, gig referrals and much more.
1. Who are you to say who's professional and who's not?
This is our most asked question. DJCAA is not an organization that waves a wand and says "you're professional" and "you're not". That's not how our process works. DJCAA acts as a third-party "referral" organization for promoters, clients, pr and agents to use. They can count on us to do the background leg work to confirm quality, professional DJs. Our service does this via background checks, references, and reviews of the DJ's skills. We have a panel of music professionals that performs these tasks. Our parent company has been in the music industry for over 25 years. We have professional radio DJs and industry DJs with AT LEAST 20 years experience. We have a tried and tested process that works.
2. Why should I do this?
To separate yourself from the crowd. To show that you're a professional. To have a third-party referral organization confirm your talent. To let promoters, venues and events know that you are not a amateur. DJCAA also has many resources for its members including networking, discounts, tips and advice, events and gig finder. There are many reasons to register with DJCAA.
3. Does every DJ that registers get accepted?
Yes however, simply by registering does not mean you get "certified" into the DJCAA database. You must pass a evaluation of your background as well as accept the professional terms of our organization. You must have a history in the business that allows us to confirm this history. There are no refunds for this process but you can still get standard DJCAA membership until you get certifed.
4. You act as our manager?
We act as your virtual manager. Even if you already have a manager or agent, we can still get you gigs, help with promotions, etc. This service automatically comes with your one-year membership. Our gig-finding fee is only 10%. That's half of national average fee. Promotions and marketing fees come with your annual fee.
5. I'm a beginner. Should I register for DJCAA?
Yes. In most cases, you will not get certified as a professional DJ but you will get a lot of valuable resources and learn a lot with your membership.
6. If I don't get certified do i get a refund?
No. This is a manual process that requires us to review new members. If you don't get certified, you can still get standard membership which you will get a lot of valuable resources and learn a lot with your membership.
7. What happens if you find out that I'm not following DJCAA professional standards?
You will be removed from our database. Your page will change to a "unconfirmed" status showing that you no longer belong to DJCAA.
8. Why has DJCAA set these standards and what are they based on?
We set these standards to separate the professional DJs from the amateurs. Our standards reassures promoters, venues, events AND recording artists that you are not only a professional but you're playing by the rules. You are conducting yourself in a professional manner. This means you don't use recording artist's music in your mixes then allow free downloads of those mixes. You don't burn CDs of your mixes (with copyrighted songs) and give them away.
There seems to be this notion that as long as you give the music away, you're not doing anything wrong. That's false. As a DJCAA Certified DJ, you follow the rules and conduct yourself in a professional manner. Those are the standards we set in this program.
9. What if I have a question that not answered in these FAQ?
Simply go to our CONTACT PAGE and we'll be happy to answer any question you may have.
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10. How do you perform the 'hands-on' review of my mixing skills for the 'Titanium' Membership?
We have DJCAA on-location events where DJs come to the event and perform live in front of us.
11. How do you check my experience / background?
We have a online form that you fill out that includes past job history along with contact information. We have staff that checks with your contacts to confirm your work.
12. How do venues confirm my DJCAA qualifications?
We have a unique landing page specifically for you. You have a unique DJCAA emblem that you can put on your Facebook, webpage or other sites. When venues, promoters or events click your emblem, they will be taken to your unique DJCAA page to confirm your professional status. You do not have access to this page and it's specifically maintained by DJCAA staff. You can review the page anytime but you cannot make any changes to it.