Washington, DC – This summer the DJ will take center stage. The economic plight of the deejay within the music industry is to be the focus of a three day event in Washington, DC with rallies and activities beginning August 28, 2008. Organizers are expecting the attendance of deejays from around the world to participate in a Million DJ March from the Capitol Building to the Washington Monument on August 30th and its message is attracting not only deejays and deejay organizations, but civil rights activists as well. Plans for an organized union for deejays to assist them with things like 401k’s and gig compensation security, is expected to be introduced at this time, which attending deejays will be encouraged to sign up for.
Founder of the Million DJ March, A. Shaw, a long-time sponsor of Justo’s Mixtape Awards, felt compelled to address the economic disparity deejays experience after many years of working with them through various channels. “DJ‘s do not get fully recognized for the work they do, “she says. “Label and major businesses who reap the rewards of default publicity need to pay attention and give more recognition and financial compensation to DJ‘s for the promotion they provide, without which music sales would surely suffer.”
The team for this event includes Sommer McCoy, who is responsible for booking talent and speakers and DJ Green Lantern, who is the main poster boy for the March. Sponsors and attendees will be able to watch artist performances and hear the speeches of music industry leaders and founding deejays, highlighting deejays’ decades of service to the industry. A. Shaw says ins closing, “I am calling upon the industry to show support for an event to unify deejays and help create future economic safety for those that have chosen this art form as a career.”
For further information, or to become involved, kindly contact Nancy Byron, OGPR (832) 220-6071 or firstname.lastname@example.org.