Improving School Dances with “Safe Music” and Responsible DJs

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THIS WEEKS NEW SAFE SONGS 

This is the hottest song in the country right now.  The opening line says “get a little drunk”  Other than that it would be totally safe to play.  Use your discretion if you think it will work for your under age audience.  Take a listen.

rihanna-fourfiveseconds  FourFive Seconds- Rihanna-Kanye West-Paul McCartney  Not yet on the safe songs list

The three newest lady additions to the Safe Song list


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dj keith bryan        DJ Keith Bryan from Orlando writes:   Thank you for the awesome work!!!  3/2/15

          SDN:  Thanks Bryan…you made my day!

music-video-banner21Music By Julie  Writes:  Hello, Just wondering if your paid service/listing also provides a safe-listing for music videos? Thanks.

SDN:

Sorry, Julie.  No we don’t offer an evaluation for music videos.  Our experience has been that even those songs that have acceptable audio tracks and lyrics, many times (most) have videos that are over the top to be played in a school environment.  Sad but true.  2/16/15

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Keith Bryan Writes:  Dude, you sent an awesome letter and T shirts? You didn’t have tot do that. That was above and beyond and way cool and awesome. Thank you!!! Also, thank you for your efforts in getting the list up and running so that we had them for Friday night’s middle school dance. We had complements on the good clean music from a rep from another school and she took our business cards. That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout!!!!. YOU DA’ MAN!!!!!!

Thank you,

Keith Bryan

SDN:   THANKS!  Always anxious to help make school dances safe, fun and age-appropriate.  We appreciate quality operators like you, going the extra mile. 2/16/15
BTW…Love your Jam-Mobile

radio editTim Tippins Writes:  I am new to dj-ing school parties, got my first one next week. Can you suggest a place where I can download clean radio versions of songs? Thanks for your help.

SDN: There are a few services that provide clean edited versions of songs…We use Prime Cuts Music, they predictably provide clean and some times what they call “squeaky clean” versions.  If you are serious about doing schools I always recommend signing up for a service to provide the edits, saves a lot of time and grief.  You will find that on our weekly “Safe Songs” list there are several songs are only safe if you are using edits. BTW, you can not count on songs from I-tunes to be edited appropriately, I have had several guys download from I-tunes, only to have an unusable version.  1/23/15

miguel fontMiguel Font from A-1 Entertainment (Florida) Writes:  

Ric,  You really make my events life easier!!
Thank you for all you do!

Micah Birchfield: Bloomburg ISD writes:  

Clean lyrics, subject matter… not so much While some of the “Safe Songs” certainly don’t contain major swear words (though in my neck of the woods, “damn” is still not acceptable, either), it should be pointed out for those not in the know, sometimes the ideas and actions mentioned in the songs may not be appropriate for a school venue. I don’t think this is necessarily stressed strongly enough when listing the weekly songs. This weeks “safe song”, “Uptown Funk” is a prime example. Ignoring the fact that the chorus repeatedly says “hot damn” in the first 40 seconds of the song, there’s a line that says, “Fill my cup put some liquor in it.” I’m not sure about your school, but mine would certainly frown upon me setting that example. So please, folks, be sure and listen to these songs first. This site is an awesome resource, but there’s still no resource like the one between your ears.  November 19 2014

Our guide at the SDN is to eliminate songs that promote or glorify, sex, drugs/alcohol or violence.  Just references to them is not enough to eliminate the song from the “Safe Songs” .  But as Micah states, every school, region and administration has a different  standard.  

bertDJ Bert Lindsay writes:  

Keep up the great work and give us more!!! Ric, I am SO stoked about being a member of SDN. I haven’t had any inquiries from my listing, but the offerings I receive each week for DNPs as well as the Safe Songs Top 30 give me great information. I ALSO utilize much of your content to pass along on social networks or my blog. I would encourage the SDN staff to post MORE of the school dance stories for sharing. Be it stories of DJs who don’t use good judgement in playing for schools or other stories regarding content like twerking, panty checks and etc. — by reposting this via other members, I believe the membership of SDN can help increase awareness of this organization among concerned parents as well as school (& church) leaders and administration. Keep up the fantastic work! — This e-mail was sent from a contact form on school dance network  November 8 2014

Holcomb_ PresWillis High school in Willis Texas launches  a new SAFE radio station.  

Hey Ric
I am starting a School Radio Station and was looking for the exhaustive Safe Song list for schools so I know what I should/should not play on our station. Is that list still available?

 (You bet Coach, Thanks for using our services to help build your station.)

Coach Pres Holcomb Varsity Girls Soccer Coach / Computer Teacher November 5 2014

mary lambertHello Ric,
I am going to try out Secrets by Mary Lambert at a school dance this week.
You should put a note on the chart to edit out “shit” and “killing each other” to make it more appropriate for schools the version I downloaded from amazon , which was supposedly clean, still needed edits.
I think its gonna be a big hit with the schools. Alan Bernard 10/28/14

tom farley head shot_edited-1I really appreciated your DJ Member article on “Profiling” as it contained some great insights.  I guess after we do the “DJ Thing” as long as we have been doing it, we just automatically do the things you mentioned in the article.  But it’s always good to be reminded about what helps make us successful.  Keep up the good work!

DJ-CoolHandComment: I don’t do school dances often, but I got offered one by the Salvation Army for 200 middle school students with excellent attendance.  I’m happy that, because of your list, I will be able to keep the dance floor clean for students and their families. Keep up the good work! Luke Joachim DJ CoolHand

521687_52079435-400-300x225just wanted to let you know, I refer to School Dance Network all the time for school safe music. I am a starting dj in high school (don’t criticize me yet) and just recently did a middle school dance that had an extremely strict student council adviser. He said that even some radio/clean edits New DJ Tyler, an SDN Fan

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