Give Back

September 22, 2017 by Joe Bunn

I don’t know about you, but every year I am flooded with requests from companies and charities asking us to donate our DJ services. These free events usually break down into two categories for us: Non-profit organizations (such American Cancer Society) or other wedding vendors. Here are some thoughts when taking on this type of gig:

  1. Remember, it just feels good! DJing these gigs is a way for you to give back to your town or community and help these non-profits raise money towards their respective causes!
  2. It’s a way to promote your company. When we book the non-profit gigs, sure we want to help, but we also want to gain a little exposure for Bunn DJ Company. We ask that the charity do at least a couple of the following:
  • Sponsorship-level recognition in program
  • Our company name and/or logo on invitations
  • Our company name mentioned in media coverage including newspaper, local news, and print ads
  • Have the MC, Band, Auctioneer, or our DJ recognize our contribution from the stage at the event
  • Make mentions of the company on all social networking including Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, etc.
  • Link to our website on the event’s website
  • Add our logo to any other marketing materials including on-site signage, tees, etc.
  • Allow us to put up signage or banner stands by our DJ setup
  1. When you do open houses, grand openings, or tastings for other vendors/venues,it moves your company up the preferred vendors list. If a catering manager or venue owner contacted you personally and asked for you to come entertain their employees for their once a year holiday party, would you? Would you do it for free? The answer to both of these questions should be a resounding “Heck Yes!” Trust me on this.


Try this, do like we do, every single DJ that works for Bunn DJ Company agrees to do AT LEAST one freebie a year. Try that out on your staff at your next monthly meeting. You’ll be able to determine right away who are your real “soldiers” and who is just in it for the cash.




Joe Bunn Joe Bunn (53 Posts)

Joe Bunn started his DJ career at the age of 14 in his hometown of Wilson, NC. He did shows all throughout high school, college at UNC-Chapel Hill, and eventually moved to Raleigh, NC in the late 90s where he started Bunn DJ Company. The company grew from a couple of DJs to 15 of the area’s best mobile DJs. Over the past few years, Bunn DJ Company has expanded to Charleston, SC, Charlotte, NC and Richmond, VA. The company performs at over 800 weddings a year and another 400 private, corporate and charity events. Joe has been on the board of both ILEA (International Live Events Assocation) and NACE (National Association of Catering & Events). In addition, he is a writer for many national DJ publications such as Disc Jockey News, Mobile Beat Magazine and DJ Times. Joe still DJs almost every weekend, but in recent years has been helping other DJs across the country grow their businesses. He has given seminars at Mobile Beat Las Vegas, Wedding MBA, DJ Times Expo, local/regional organizations, NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill. He has also been hired by DJs all over the world to help their businesses in every aspect from branding to sales.

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