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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

The Associations’ NEC & Branch Committees would like to share information on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) including guidance for professionals in public spaces, attending events and other industry-related activities where contact may expose you to potential infection.

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Commonly, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 to 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not been infected. The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection: cough, difficulty in breathing and fever.

It is important to please monitor the updates issued online by the government and comply with all guidance provided.

We have incorporated amongst the GOV.UK information some practical DJ industry-related guidance along with useful links to help prompt thought of where potential infection can occur.

How COVID-19 is spread – From what is known about other coronaviruses, the spread of COVID-19 is most likely to happen when there is close contact (within 2 metres or less) with an infected person. It is likely that the risk increases the longer someone has close contact with an infected person. Respiratory secretions produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes containing the virus are most likely to be the main means of transmission.

There are 2 main routes by which people can spread COVID-19:

  • Infection can be spread to people who are nearby (within 2 metres) or possibly could be inhaled into the lungs.
    • The music is likely to be loud at your event and therefore guests asking for requests and announcements will probably get close to you so they can be heard.
    • Meeting clients face-to-face could be avoided by offering to telephone or video call.
  • It is also possible that someone may become infected by touching a surface, object or the hand of an infected person that has been contaminated with respiratory secretions and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes (such as touching a doorknob or shaking hands then touching own face).
    • Keep microphones clean and wiped over with antibacterial wipes/spray after every use.
    • Speaker surfaces and ambient low-level lighting should be wiped over with antibacterial solution or wipes after every event as these are accessible to the public.

Other broad points we feel you should consider include:

  • Travel – If you are required to travel outside of the UK for a booking, please use appropriate caution and follow the government’s advice.
  • Typical hygiene safety measures – In order to help in preventing the spread of COVID-19, please look at the advice on the NHS website with advice on prevention of catching and spreading germs.

Feeling unwell and self-isolation – Please follow the government’s advice for reporting illness, recent travel and self-isolation as appropriate.

If you are concerned or feeling unwell, in the first instance we advise you contact your client or agent that has engaged you for the booking.

COVID-19 and your contractual commitments

Check to see if you have a superior force clause, more commonly known as a Force Majeure, in your contract. This is a contract provision that allows a party to suspend or terminate the performance of its obligations when certain circumstances beyond their control arise, making performance inadvisable, commercially impracticable, illegal, or impossible.

If this clause has not been included in your contract you may need to rely on an English contract law principle known as the doctrine of frustration which acts as a device to set aside contracts where an unforeseen event either renders contractual obligations impossible or radically changes the party’s principal purpose for entering into the contract.

Whether the COVID-19 outbreak is enough to trigger a force majeure clause it will depend on the individual circumstances, such as what Government advice is in relation to the area where you will be performing, e.g. a booking in Northern Italy would be considered impossible and inadvisable to deliver on your contractual agreement.

Please be aware that guidance is changing daily, and any advice cannot necessarily be given with absolute assurance at this stage. It is probable that in light of related circumstances, the outbreak is likely to prompt the force majeure clause. You could potentially be released from your contractual commitments should the force majeure or the application of a doctrine of frustration be set in motion, however, do remember the numerous variables and the varying differences unique to your business model, may not be applicable to generalised contractual advice nor could it be appropriate to your situation.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) is liaising with industry experts to determine a solid understanding of your legal rights when event organisers and venues cancel events. We shall continue to investigate what circumstances will ensure that a performers contract will still apply and should be paid. We are also looking at cancellations when Government or Health Authorities intervene and frustration of contract may occur, in which case the obligation to pay anyone will be unlikely.

The PLI that is included in your membership nor any other insurance that we are aware of will cover loss of income to an individual following the closure of a business from COVID-19, or any other cause. It is likely that all new policies from now on are likely to exclude cover for COVID-19.

Useful advice on how to avoid COVID-19 from NHS.UK:

  • DO: Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.
  • DO: Always wash your hands when you get home or into work.
    • Remember to sanitize hands after breakdown and loading.
    • If eating after a gig, consider that not all establishments follow the guidelines closely.
  • DO: Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
    • This will be important for club and bar DJs sharing equipment.
    • Your roadie should also keep hands clean as they handle most of the kit.
  • DO: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  • DO: Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.
  • DO: Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
    • If you are worried that a guest/customer could be infected keep a sensible distance.
    • Try to avoid face-to-face conversations.
    • Avoid the homemade buffet at your next gig; can you vouch for the prep hygiene?
  • DON’T: touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • DON’T: have visitors to your home including family and friends.

How the NADJ can help

If you have concerns regarding the effects of COVID-19 to you and your business the NADJ are happy to help wherever we can from researching specific issues to simply talking through your frustrations and worries. The NEC and you branch Committees are here to support our members and the DJ community through this challenging time.

The NADJ network is also here to help you and your business whilst the COVID-19 virus continues to disrupt events and public gatherings. At this time, we are thinking about our members that may come into contact with the virus and be required to self-isolate which will affect attending gigs and delivering on contractual obligations. The NEC and Branch Committees are ready to support you to find fellow members that can help cover any bookings and gigs wherever possible.

We wish all the best to you and your family during this challenging time.

NADJ NEC & Committees.

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Nick Chatten

Avtar Thethy

WHAT WILL I DO?

I have a ‘Goldmine’ of ideas, that, if elected, I will endeavour to implement and achieve top results.

EQUALITY

Equal partnerships with manufacturer’s and service providers within the DJ sector.

Strengthen existing relationships and look for new participants to drive us all forward.

Create more fund raising opportunities for NADJ.

Social Events

The 1st Internal NADJ DJ Awards evening.

We all are from the same entity, so I believe that we as a membership, we deserve equal recognition as other Associations, past present and future.

ACCOUNTABILITY

To promote the visibility of NADJ, at exhibitions and shows, both Nationally and Regionally.

Reintroduce the NADJ clothing range, with additional items.

To make myself as the National Chairman more accessible to existing Members in all classes of membership, and new ones – introducing new opportunities for the membership as a whole to perform at top level events and functions.

Allowing the membership to “air” their views as we go on, and make a positive but constructive contribution on matters that effect YOU the member.

Have standardised forms available for the whole network to use and adapt, with all Health and Safety documentation required by venues in a Welcome pack.

STRENGTH

To be a strong chairman who truly represents the membership interests at high level meetings and events.

To maintain, strengthen and underpin the membership voice by improving the NADJ’s representative role in the open marketplace.

Empower all members and NADJ Reps to become co – creators of Change (Regional Led Projects)

INNOVATION

Improve NADJ facilities to allow Members to deliver a more professional service in their own respective businesses, in an ever growing industry.

The development of a more social and approachable network of DJ’s across the UK.

Introduce a ‘one stop shop’ making it easer for the member and client to obtain everything under one roof.

WHO AM I ?

My name is Avtar Thethy, 55 years old, married and a father to two boys.

Based in West London for last 52 years.

Running my own business LED Factory for last 9+ years.

An active and helpful member of NADJ London and I’m also the London Chairman.

I am determined, committed and will always endeavour to get the best results possible for YOU, the Member.

WHY ME?

Existing NADJ Member, Chairman for London.

I’ve been blessed with many opportunities week in week out to attend the TOP Events up, down and across the UK – as a supplier, organiser, judge and simply as a guest.

I enjoy the creative benefits of product and service integration with the following well established AV companies daily:

Kudos Av & Kudos Music
Calibar Events
Ritzy Music
UVD Ultimate Visual Display
AVH

(There are many more.)

We are consistently facilitating well over 100 events pa. All of them different,
So you can see that not do I only talk the talk, but I am constantly and walking the walk.

I feel the Association needs CHANGE and Change for the better, It needs to recognise the huge talent that it has within and needs to promote that from within.

It also cannot have its members to have disproportionate inequality in the outside world.

I certainly have the Passion, Commitment and fully understand the hardships in running a business without help.

In talking to a few fellow members, over the last few years, I understand what is missing and what Needs need to be addressed – If you can see these gaps, then,
I am the man to deliver.

Avtar Thethy
Led Factory / NADJ

Fabio Capozzi

Change is good but change for change sake can be a sign of not understanding the true needs of what must be done. I believe the secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. The Association is long overdue revision and reform that better suits the members.

A new approach to reviving the many reasons why membership is the right choice for hard-working DJs is a better understanding of today’s DJ. By helping members maintain a better work-life balance with money saving benefits or having access to advice from experienced fellow members or sharing work opportunities, it is all for naught unless there is a fundamental mutual respect towards everyone, no matter their view or standing.

Community is important to the success of NADJ and it is the huge support of the membership that we can all pride ourselves on. It is, however, inevitable that a collective of people will disagree from time to time, albeit having a common goal. It is essential that open and fair discussion is encouraged to allow opinion and debate to enhance the values that NADJ stand by. I believe that by creating a culture of positive ideas backed by action this forum can encourage us to move forwards in boosting the public opinion of UK DJs. By way of a campaign, aimed directly at the consumer, NADJ in collaboration with other associations and DJ groups, can represent the benefits of choosing a DJ that is encouraged to apply best practices towards their clients with a view to enhance their business. This path can be applied to all types of DJ, from bedroom to festival and radio and by being more inclusive and properly acknowledging these equally important types of DJ into our community, we can be enriched with their viewpoint and expertise of the industry we all work in.

Our industry is one of supplying a serious amount of dedication and excellent customer experience wrapped in an evening of fun, music and dancing. When you are passionate about your work and strive to be professional, it is a welcome relief to be able to meet, network and collaborate with industry colleagues whilst having a little fun. The branch sessions, events and gatherings that happen across the UK require dedicated committee officers to make these happen regionally and nationally. Without the hard work, that is volunteered, the branch sessions would not be possible – and I thank all of you for your unflagging efforts to run great branches. I agree with opinion that NADJ life has become overly serious and in some cases stale, adopting a tired constitution, no longer in keeping with current member needs and aspirations undermined by language that is outdated. I see the need for reform of the constitution, more inclusive language and attitude, updated to reflect the industry we work in today and instrumental in helping the membership to grow and develop by attracting younger DJs to understand how the NADJ can offer a sound platform to boost their DJ career.

All this I believe is important to make being a member an enjoyable and enriching experience but the serious business of running an association is not all about fun (not for NEC committee members anyway), it is a task that relies on consistency, diplomacy and the ability to make new relationships whilst maintain the ones we have happy. Without the support of members and the industry, no matter how much fun and energy you would like at a branch session, it will be difficult to achieve without the help of great content organised on time and with consideration – this is not a job where you can ‘wing it’… I have never winged anything. I look forward to your vote.

Alastair Craig

My name is Alastair Craig and I am a full time DJ with over 30 years’ experience of providing services to many events, including Weddings, Birthdays and Corporates.

Apart from DJ’ing I am also involved in the IT industry and have been advisory on protecting Children’s Data and more recently been involved in testing software for a leading DJ company.

Outside of work I am is a keen Scuba Diver and currently serve as the Diving Officer for Reading University in which I also act as a mentor and Assistant Instructor.

I am running for Secretary for NADJ as I feel that I can bring some new ideas as well as my organisational skills to the table, not just from my experience within my DJ work but from my other involvement in IT to which assessment, planning through to delivery  was key to my role.

At this time, I feel NADJ is ready for change and I am certainly open to listening to new ideas from the membership to move the association in a new fresh direction.

Let’s leave the politics behind and concentrate on building new relationships from within as well as looking after the ones that have already been established.

Yes, it will be a challenge for the new committee but no doubt, as D-ream sang “Things Can Only Get Better” 😊

Dave Mills

Firstly, thank you to those who felt I was worthy to be nominated for a position on the National Committee. I’m not sure I should be grateful, but I am very honoured by your faith in me.

Some of you may know me as the fun, gig addicted, rock music loving Chairman of the South Central Branch but if you don’t and haven’t seen my recent profile piece in Pro Mobile issue 95 (yes shameless self-promotion) then let me briefly introduce myself.

I’m Dave Mills; I had been a struggling DJ for many years working for an agency in Berkshire until I was invited to a NADJ meeting. The people I met within NADJ inspired and helped me to leave the agency and successfully branch out on my own. I’ve made some great friends and learned A LOT. By joining the committee and then becoming the south central chairman I have found myself in a position to encourage and support other aspiring DJ’s to do the same as myself. The range and wealth of knowledge, experience and professionalism within NADJ still floors me making me feel in awe but very proud to be a part of it all.

I am open minded to new ideas and using feedback from our members and non-members, working together as a team so everyone has a voice and every member gets something extra from being in NADJ (not just a P.L.I.) and feels part of our mad music addicted community.

*I hope I haven’t bored you to death yet, nearly there*

I would like to think that my 6 years on an NADJ committee have given me the experience required to move up to the challenge of becoming National Secretary. I am under no illusion that there is a difference between running a branch and taking on a role at national level and it’s not always going to be easy (but I hope not to the point of sitting on a chair sticking pencils up my nose, with pants on my head and saying ‘wibble’) but for some insane reason I’m looking forward to taking on the challenge.

If you are kind enough to vote me in, my main aims would be to help make the association more open and inclusive, encouraging and supporting the current membership as well aspiring DJ’s of any age and gender to join us in our mission to make the DJ industry truly recognised as a profession in a positive, encouraging way.