Example DJ Project Brief

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What is a DJ project brief? How do I construct a DJ brief so the freelancer I hire can make me quality songwriting content?

Here’s a DJ project brief definition:

An effective DJ brief will contain an overview of your entire project, which includes:

  • [content type wanted – include a sample or two if you can!
  • Key dates & deadlines
  • Audience for project
  • Deliverable outcomes
  • Project goals

The truth is, it can be hard to know what to include in these DJbriefs when you’re planning your project. If you have no idea how DJ briefs work, how are your freelancers supposed to know what’s needed of them?


DJ Project Brief Example

Luckily, we’ve provided a DJ brief example, so you’ll know how to write a DJ brief and bag yourself the music project of your dreams!

This brief will provide your freelancer with everything they need to know about both your project and your business. If you’re struggling to get off the starting block, feel free to use it as a template for your own brief:

Name: DJ for Cloud Festival Project

About the company: We are KingBox Media, and we annually run a music festival called ‘Cloud Festival’, based in Bulgaria. The genre of music in the lineup is mostly independent, with a lot of chillwave and alternative rock. We have been running this festival since 2017, and have had a lot of success in the indie music scene.

What do you need?: We are looking for an amateur  DJ to take one of the last remaining spots on September 23rd, (a 45-minute set) on this year’s lineup. If your dream is to perform at an incredible festival, with a supportive and fun-loving crowd, this is your chance. 

Why do you need it?: We’re looking to give back to the community, and want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to collaborate with and join us on this adventure. We have employed a lot of freelance talent in other aspects of production (such as marketing, engineering, and security), and our final area to accommodate is the music. 

Your vision for the project: You don’t have to be a complete pro. The sets before your slot will be made up of other independent musicians and newcomers, who will be equally as nervous to perform on the big stage. We’d like to give the limelight to some of the talent out there that is just starting their journey. If you want to combine alt-rock with something a bit techno, you’ll fit right in. 

Examples of styles you like:

Electric Feels Set (Indie Rock/Dance): youtu.be/qZg6gLc2TD8
CONAN | Electronica + Indie Dance + Dark Disco mix: youtu.be/VoVRH0MYuOY

Where will the content be used?: The Festival takes place every September 22nd and runs until the 24th, following Bulgaria’s Independence day. 

Target audience: Our audience ranges from fans worldwide, and to all ages. However, on average, we would say our audience demographic is 18 – 35-year-olds.

Deadline: We would like to have your set finalized and ready to go 1 month before the showcase, so the latest is August 22nd.

Budget: The chosen DJ will be paid upwards of $3,500 depending on the length of their final set.

Point of contact: Katherine – Festival Operations Exec at KingBox.


Analysis:

Now, let’s break the brief down section-by-section so you know exactly how it works: 

Name: DJ for Cloud Festival Project

Your freelancer is probably working on lots of different freelance projects, so give yours a name to distinguish it. It’ll help you keep organized too.

About the company: We are KingBox Media, and we annually run a music festival called ‘Cloud Festival’, based in Bulgaria. The genre of music in the lineup is mostly independent, with a lot of chillwave and alternative rock. We have been running this festival since 2017, and have had a lot of success in the indie music scene.

Why does the freelancer need to know about you and your company? Giving them the whole picture helps the freelancer create the most appropriate work for you. Tell your freelancer what you do and how you do it.

What do you need?: We are looking for an amateur  DJ to take one of the last remaining spots on September 23rd, (a 45-minute set) on this year’s lineup. If your dream is to perform at an incredible festival, with a supportive and fun-loving crowd, this is your chance. 

Be specific about what you want. Is it just one piece of work you need, or an ongoing project? Let your freelancer know upfront and this will help them work out how long your project will take to complete.

Why do you need it?: We’re looking to give back to the community, and want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to collaborate with and join us on this adventure. We have employed a lot of freelance talent in other aspects of production (such as marketing, engineering, and security), and our final area to accommodate is the music. 

This might seem completely obvious to you, but sometimes spelling out the motivation for your project can be really helpful. It gives the freelancer extra insight into why you need this work; do you want to reach new customers? Are you changing or launching your business? If you have current projects – why aren’t these working? All this extra information will help your freelancer do a great job.

Your vision for the project: You don’t have to be a complete pro. The sets before your slot will be made up of other independent musicians and newcomers, who will be equally as nervous to perform on the big stage. We’d like to give the limelight to some of the talent out there that is just starting their journey. If you want to combine alt-rock with something a bit techno, you’ll fit right in. 

If you already have an idea of how you want the work to look, write it down in your project brief. This will help the freelancer hit the ground running and shorten the delivery time. You and your freelancer will ideally develop concepts together. Don’t worry if you don’t know what you want yet – mention this to your freelancer and you can talk through ideas.

Here are some examples of styles we like: 

Electric Feels Set (Indie Rock/Dance): youtu.be/qZg6gLc2TD8
CONAN | Electronica + Indie Dance + Dark Disco mix: youtu.be/VoVRH0MYuOY

Sometimes it’s hard to describe a style you like, which is why you need to show your freelancer. Include images, links to other work you’ve seen, color pallets, fonts – anything that will help your freelancer get a good idea of what you want your finished project to look like.

Where will the content be used?:  The Festival takes place every September 22nd and runs until the 24th, following Bulgaria’s Independence day. 

Where you want to use your content can affect the kind of work the freelancer creates. Try your best to future-proof your ideas. Who knows where you’ll need to use the content in a year’s time? Your freelancer should create the work in a way that it can be used in any media or medium you require. The last thing you want is to rehire the freelancer in the future to adjust the content.

Target audience: Our audience ranges from fans worldwide, and to all ages. However, on average, we would say our audience demographic is 18 – 35-year-olds.

Your target audience is a vital piece of information that your freelancer should know. It’ll help them create work that specifically targets that section of the market and helps you draw in custom.

Deadline:  We would like to have your set finalized and ready to go 1 month before the showcase, so the latest is August 22nd.

When do you need your project to be completed? Don’t forget this crucial detail.

Budget:  The chosen DJ will be paid upwards of $3,500 depending on the length of their final set.

How much will you pay for the project? If you have a budget in mind, include it in your project brief. If you have no idea, you can discuss costs with your freelancer.

Point of contact: Katherine – Festival Operations Exec at KingBox.

Who will your freelancer be dealing with? Make it easier for remote workers to communicate with you by making it clear who their point of contact is during the project. There will be extra questions and work that needs to be signed off, so make sure your freelancer gets straight through to the right person.


When you post a project brief on Twine, you can add a fully comprehensive project description. This will help you find the right creative freelancer and ultimately get the project you want.

We vet all of our freelancers and match them to clients using over 10 different criteria. This allows both parties to gain maximum results at the most effective price. We’re here to help every step of the way and will do everything we can to make sure you have an awesome experience.

So, there you have it! A top-quality template for your DJ project. For more help on writing a great project brief, check out our article here – or, check out our other creative brief examples: Logo Design Brief, Animation Project Brief, Illustration Project Brief, Music Production Project Brief, Copywriting Project Brief. Ready to find a freelancer? Check out our talent here.

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