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Do I need a license to DJ music?

A DJ is someone who uses a specialized sound system to play and mix music, often at clubs or parties. They can also be called on for entertainment purposes such as weddings, birthdays, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs and more. But what are licenses for?

Licenses are required by law in many countries due to the nature of playing copyrighted material in public places without permission from the copyright holder.

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A DJ license is a permit that allows you to play music in public. Some people may think it’s just a fancy piece of paper but the licensing process can be very complex and time-consuming. In order to get your license, you have to first pass an exam, which covers areas such as safety and crowd control. After passing the exam, you must then register with SoundExchange for non-interactive digital services like internet radio or satellite radio. Sounds complex? True. But just like in case with paying taxes, the alternative (jail) is far more stressing. 

Sp basically the answer is: in order to become a DJ unless you’re playing your own tracks, you need a license. Sorry!

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