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30+ DJ and Entertainment Industry Trends and Statistics for 2024

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The entertainment industry is abundant with talented, hard-working artists who want to make your date nights, friendly gatherings, concert-going experiences, and corporate or private parties extra special.

So, what are the trends and movements keeping this industry alive and thriving?

Some of the entertainment industry trends fueling the market right now include money, super-fan support, virtual and cloud-based tech, and even artificial intelligence (AI). We’ve gathered exclusive data to compile dozens of the top trends for numerous entertainment industry jobs below.

From AI and music streaming platforms to decorative balloons and glow-in-the-dark face paint, let’s jump into our list of DJ (disc jockey) and entertainer trends and statistics!

Tools and Tech Dominate Top DJ Trends and Statistics

We recently surveyed our customers to get the inside scoop on the top trends and stats for DJs and other types of entertainers. Of all the DJs we surveyed, 45% said they perform at wedding-related celebrations, while 27% performed at private parties and events. And 13% of our respondents performed in small venues of less than 500 people, such as cafes, bars, and clubs.

No matter where they’re laying down tracks, DJs perform at a variety of different types of locations and events, such as nightclubs, weddings, proms, corporate parties, and more. The job has come a long way from using large turntables, speakers, and headphones, so let’s review how AI, the cloud, and other tools are enhancing the industry.

DJs Are Mixing It Up With AI – Literally

AI is sweeping every industry with its automation and innovative suggestion capabilities, including DJs. This technology’s versatility may be why MarketsandMarkets predicts the global AI market size could grow by 36.8% annually in the next 7 years and hit $1,345.2 billion in revenue by 2030.

Professional Danceteria DJ Rafe Gomez gave thoughts on how AI can play with the inner mechanics of music:

“AI could potentially make DJing more sonically interesting by allowing transitions from song to song to be maximally seamless and imperceptible. The AI effect could not only match the beats between the songs so that they align perfectly, [but] it could also adjust the volumes, instrumentation, and EQs of the tracks to create an impressive and harmonious musical merge.”

Whether you need new beat ideas or breathtaking visuals for your next set, AI can push you in the right direction. You can even leverage artificial intelligence to create personalized playlists, which could be essential if you want to host a silent DJ party, for example.

Using Cloud DJing to Streamline and Elevate Performance

As a DJ, you’re probably always looking for ways to create the best DJ playlist for your audience. Today, you can stream music on different platforms from virtually anywhere without purchasing anything to widen your music palette. 

This process is also known as cloud DJing. Cloud DJing makes it simple and affordable to explore different genres of music with customizable playlists at your disposal. Gomez spoke on how this trend reduces the gear DJs lug:

“I remember back in the day [when] spinners would cart around heavy crates of vinyl from gig to gig. It was exhausting and hugely inconvenient. While external hard drives and high-capacity SSD drives are the go-to storage vehicle for digital DJs, the cloud offers even greater convenience and seamlessness for DJs who need reliable access to their libraries.”

Cloud capabilities and music streaming platforms allow you to access information on any internet-connected device. This accessibility may be why Research and Markets predict the music streaming market could be worth $103.07 billion in 2030 with a 14.7% annual growth rate.

DJ using a controller for an event.

The Hottest Controllers for DJs in 2024

The DJ equipment market is a highly profitable industry. SkyQuest Technology Group estimated that the global DJ consoles market could reach $99.05 billion in value by 2030. There are numerous DJ controllers, great DJ speakers, and DJ-related software to choose from to give you a truly unique sound for your audience. 

Some of the best DJ controllers right now include Pioneer DDJ-FLX10, RANE Four, and Pioneer DJ DDJ-FLX4, offering you the ability to enhance your set in several ways:

  • Using color-coded buttons for better organization
  • Integrating with Rekordbox and Serato software
  • Putting vocals from one track onto another
  • Synching track keys and tempos 
  • Choosing songs from TIDAL, Bearport Streaming, SoundCloud Go+, and other subscribed platforms  

Controllers are just one type of equipment to consider, though, so find out what else you need in our guide to DJ equipment

DJs Are Offering More Booking Options to Land More Gigs

The emergence of so many messaging, social media, and software apps also means DJs have more ways to schedule and book gigs than ever before. Our research showed that: 

  • 37% of our DJs prefer their websites as the best scheduling tool
  • Nearly 29% like social media message requests
  • 13% use paid booking apps like Square, Calendly, and HoneyBook 

Some may wonder if there’s a waiting list for specific DJs and entertainers, and the short answer is: yes! Our poll revealed that 13% book out up to a year or more in advance, 29% of DJs favor booking gigs 6-plus months ahead, and 24% like booking 3–6 months in advance.

Online Tools DJs Are Using to Amp Up Promotion

The days when you only had flyers, connections, and personal ads to promote yourself as a DJ are long gone. Social media posts and advertisements allow you to fast-track your DJ career by promoting your brand globally to anyone with a mobile device, tablet, or PC. 

When asked how they promote their business, our data showed that:

  • 43% of DJs use social media advertising 
  • 29% have customer referral programs
  • 83% have a presence on Facebook, 41% use Instagram, and 12% use TikTok
43% of DJs use social media advertising

Testing out different platforms can help you understand your fan base and how to use the right media for specific channels. For example, sharing short video snippets of your shows may work better on TikTok and Instagram but not on Facebook and X (formerly Twitter). In this scenario, customer testimonials and photos of clients having a good time on Facebook and X could gain more attention.   

DJs Are Enhancing the Experience With VR and AR

Imagine using virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) for DJing. DJs can use VR and AR to live stream concerts on social media or host and invite fans to interactive concerts using headsets and finger or hand motion technology to mix and scratch in a simulated area. 

According to DJMag, Algoriddim’s Djay software can even integrate with Apple’s new Vision Pro VR headset to create a simulated DJ booth with 3D turntables and mixers, dancing robots, and more. Research and Markets estimates the global AR VR software market to reach $77.5 billion in value by 2028. 

Of the DJs who participated in Insurance Canopy’s survey: 

  • 5% said they regularly performed virtual shows
  • 13% haven’t but wanted to
  • 27% have only done virtual shows in the past 
  • 54% haven’t done virtual concerts and weren’t interested in them 

Thanks to modern technology, a virtual DJ is more of a reality than something out of a science fiction movie. For the virtual DJs in our survey, approximately 38% said they perform on Facebook, followed by 28% on Twitch, 23% on YouTube and Instagram, and 4% using TikTok. 

Musician holding a guitar in a studio.

In-Tune Trends and Stats for Musicians and Bands

Singers like Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Usher, and Adele know how to keep their fans entranced thanks to electrifying hit songs on streaming platforms, sold-out concerts, and the best merch.

See how music industry trends like AI, streaming platforms, and super fans keep bands and singers fresh in 2024.

AI is Changing the Music Industry Too

The use of AI doesn’t stop with corporations and content creation. This technology trickled into the music industry to enhance the music production and songwriting processes. DJ Rafe Gomez described how this technology could aid musicians of the past:

“What AI is doing, and will continue to do, is make creative exploration possible for artists and songwriters. Ideas such as having beloved deceased singers ‘perform’ new material and also sweetening and improving damaged recordings are two paths where AI can be a solution.”

In 2023, for example, AI helped Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr “resurrect” deceased Beatles members George Harrison and John Lennon to record a new song, “Now and Then,” by isolating Lennon’s voice from an old demo tape. 

However, there is controversy around AI in the music world. For example, some people have used this technology to create fake music by mimicking and manipulating the voices of artists such as Frank Sinatra, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, and more.  

To combat the misuse of AI, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee recently signed the Ensuring Likeness Voice and Image Security (ELVIS) Act, which stops fake AI music. This law coincides with the state’s Protection of Personal Rights law. Look for more legislation like this in the future as artists and content creators of all kinds seek similar protection. 

Despite AI’s controversies, this technological trend can enhance a singer or band’s approach to the music world. In fact, 60% of musicians are already using AI to aid in songwriting, production, artwork, and more. 

How Musicians are Leveraging Streaming Services

Music streaming platforms like Spotify, TIDAL, Apple Music, and others have changed the music listening experience. Fans now have access to an extensive music library in the palm of their hands, from K-pop to hip-hop, indie, and more. Music streaming platforms can cater to their tastes with algorithmic playlists and artist recommendations.

This accessibility and variety of artists and songs is a potential reason why Valuates Reports estimates the global music streaming service market could hit a value of $22,621 million in 2030.

For example, more than 602 million people use Spotify to create or find personalized playlists, discover new artists, follow their favorites, buy merch, or search for concert dates. So getting your music on Spotify and other streaming services helps you connect it to the right people. 

Getting onto streaming platforms is just one way to get discovered. Check out these guides on band and musician marketing: 

The Rise of Music Super Fans

With bands and artists, there are also “stans” or super fans. Luminate defines a super fan as someone who engages with artists and their content in five-plus ways, including things like following the artist on social media, buying albums and singles, getting merch, attending concerts, and more. 

One study estimates that there is about one superfan for every 100 music fans. You probably even know some of them by name: 

  • Taylor Swift’s “Swifties” 
  • Lady Gaga’s “Little Monsters” 
  • The Grateful Dead’s “Deadheads” 
  • BTS “A.R.M.Y.” (Adorable Representative MC for Youth)
  • The Beatles’ “Beatlemaniacs”
  • Beyoncé’s “BeyHive”
  • Kesha’s “Animals”
  • Justin Bieber’s “Beliebers”
  • Jimmy Buffet’s “Parrotheads” – and more

Luminate’s 2023 Midyear Report stated that physical music buyers who purchase artists’ CDs, vinyl LPs, and cassette tapes are 128% more likely to be super fans. 

Balloon artist at an event.

Statistics Show the Balloon Artistry Is Blowing Up

Think of a balloonist as a type of magician—they can turn ordinary balloons into animals, people, and other recognizable shapes for children to enjoy. Whether you’re just starting your balloon business or you’re an expert, here are some impressive balloon art-related statistics.

First, Verified Market Research expects the global toy balloon market, aka balloons used for decorations or shaping, to be worth $17.51 billion by 2030. 

Also, Adroit Market Research forecasts that the global party balloons market could grow at an annual rate of 4.8% and have a total value of $1,964.4 million in 2028.

Santa Claus Statistics to Keep You on the Nice List

The highlight of almost every child’s holiday season is visiting Kris Kringle at a local mall, sitting on his lap, and telling Santa everything they want for Christmas. In fact, a mall Santa can expect to see 10,000 or more kids over the 6-week period of every holiday season, accompanied by doting parents willing to spend anywhere from $30-$100 just for a photo.  

National Santa recently released its 2023 Red Suit Survey, developing interesting numbers about mall Santas. Let’s look at a few Santa Claus performer stats:

  • 30% of Santas had 100+ children sit on their lap daily; 7% had 500+
  • The average age of a Santa performer was 66 years old, the youngest was 20, and the oldest Santa was 88
  • 87% don’t need any extra padding to simulate Santa’s stout torso
  • 55% pose with pets for pictures, including puppies, kittens, boa constrictors, and more
  • 97% said children sneezed or coughed on them daily
  • 88% said they’ve had their beards tugged (24% of whom were adult women)
55% of Santas pose with pets for pictures

Looking for more information? Check out these Santa Claus guides on our blog: 

Stats and Trends for Face Painters Looking to Glow Up

Whether it’s for fairs, amusement parks, or your child’s school fundraiser, face painting can make almost any event imaginative and magical. Market Reports predicts that the ever-expansive face makeup industry could be worth $31,530 million in 2028. 

Some popular 2024 face-painting trends hone in on innovation and environmental consciousness. The “in” design styles include patterns with:

  • Geometry (i.e., thick lines or triangles)
  • Space and galactic themes (e.g. stars, swirls, metallic hues, glow-in-the-dark designs, and more)
  • Tech-inspired art like holographic styles or pixelated color schemes
  • Big florals
  • Neon glows

Designs on the decline include plastic glitter, animals, stencils, one-color looks, and overly complex characters. Here are some more face painter statistics we found: 

  • Face painters and makeup artists working at amusement parks make $18.33 an hour with an annual average salary of $38,120, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics 
  • Face painters’ rates hinge on factors like demand, skills, and reputation, ranging from $95-$185 an hour, which allows for about 10-15 full faces or 20-25 smaller designs 
  • The cost to maintain a professional face painting supplies kit costs from $100-$500 a month, plus initial setup costs of several hundred dollars

Google Trends also revealed some spooky face painting insights. Just before Halloween, every October, there’s a massive uptick in online searches about “face painting.” 

Illusion-Free Magicians Trends and Statistics

Magicians and illusionists of the past and present like David Copperfield, Penn and Teller, and Harry Houdini often replace our disillusionment with child-like wonder at their amazing feats. And magicians are distinctly on-trend right now with the public. 

In fact, TV shows like American’s Got Talent have reinvigorated the magician segment of the entertainment industry. In the show’s first 14 seasons, two magicians won, three came in second or third place, four were finalists, and thirteen were semi-finalists. Another show, Penn and Teller: Fool Us, featured over 50 illusionists in its first six seasons alone.

Here are a few magical stats from Vault on the magician profession: 

  • A magician’s median salary is $33,000, ranging from $17,000 to $88,000
  • Professional stage and TV magicians can earn $120,000 or more
  • The primary work environment for magicians is homes, schools, magic clubs, and small theaters
  • Best locations for those in the magic industry include Las Vegas, New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago

Interested in a magical career like this? Read up on the supplies every magician needs.

Statistics for Clown Entertainers That Are No Joke

Starting a clown business can make you the center of any party or event. From colorful costumes and big shoes to red rubber noses, clowns have entertained and kept us laughing for years. And clown professionals often have overlapping skills with other entertainers, such as balloon artists. 

Check out these intriguing clown stats:

  • The median salary for a clown performer is $64,500
  • Clowns charge about $200 a show, ranging from $150 to $250 on average
  • Clown college costs range anywhere from $125 for a 2-day workshop to $6,900 for a 24-week program
  • Los Angeles’ The Clown School offers a remote certification program for $500 plus a $100 deposit for 10 lessons, including the history of the clown, the body of a clown, your clown song, and more with founder and lecturer David Bridel
  • In the U.S., more men are interested in becoming a clown performer than women, however, the profession is currently 71% female vs 29% male performers
$64,500 is the median salary for a clown performer

Fun fact: Red Nose Day, which started in the United Kingdom in 1988 and launched in the U.S. in 2015, allows people to look like clowns when they buy a rubber red nose. The proceeds go to impoverished children.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Having the right DJ equipment can make or break your career in the industry. Some must-have software and tools for DJs in 2024 include:

  • Cloud DJing to streamline the job and reduce costs
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) for creating killer playlists, improving production, and more
  • A great controller, like the Pioneer DDJ-FLX10,  for all kinds of effects
  • Booking software that makes it easy for customers to hire you
  • Social media for building and promoting your brand online
  • Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to amp up your audience experience

Since a lot of this equipment is expensive, protecting it from theft or damage with Insurance Canopy’s DJ equipment insurance is also a must! 

A virtual DJ is a trend that allows DJs to perform sets via live streams on social media, pre-recorded videos, or VR technology. 
Virtual reality in entertainment is a trend that allows you to enjoy concerts and events in a virtual, online environment. Some examples include interactive museum or college campus tours, virtual concerts, and more.
Virtual concerts are an entertainment trend allowing people to experience their favorite musician or band from the comfort of their living rooms via platforms like Twitch, Bandcamp, Zoom, and so on.

Get an Entertainer Insurance Policy from Insurance Canopy

Insurance Canopy surveyed numerous DJs who had entertainer insurance from us. Of all the respondents, 100% said they’d recommend Insurance Canopy to a friend or colleague.

You can’t argue with these numbers! 

Accidents happen, and you could be the one paying for the damages, like someone stealing equipment from your car, kids having allergic reactions to your face paint, or people tripping over cords while you’re setting up your instruments. 

Whether you’re a DJ, Santa Claus, magician, balloonist, or other eligible performer, you can get our annual or 1-3 day event policy in 10 minutes or less! 

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