New Website Crowdsources Art and Design: Now Anyone Can Design a Poster for Jack Johnson or a T-Shirt for Lollapalooza

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Creative Allies (http://www.creativeallies.com) is a new design-contest website that gives everyone a chance to submit poster, t-shirt, logo, flyer and graphic designs to famous musicians like Jack Johnson, as well as to small local events, businesses and festivals.

"We want to give everyone the opportunity to create designs for their favorite bands and organizations they wouldn't normally have access to," said Sean O'Connell, CEO of Creative Allies.

A new website gives everyone the chance to submit poster, t-shirt, and logo designs to famous musicians like Jack Johnson--as well as to nonprofits, small local events, festivals and businesses looking for new designs.

"We want to give everyone the opportunity to create designs for their favorite bands and organizations they wouldn't normally have access to," said Sean O'Connell, CEO of Creative Allies (creativeallies.com). An elementary school, an organic farm in South Carolina and a surf shop in Aruba have all already used Creative Allies for logos, t-shirts and posters.

The Jack Johnson contest on Creative Allies gives anyone the chance to create a commemorative art poster for the singer-songwriter's world tour. Designers can also submit artwork for major festivals like the Lollapalooza Music Festival, running a contest to design an official 2010 t-shirt.

There's no cost to use the site, and it's free to request art or upload a design. Any band, business or non-profit can post a request for a t-shirt, poster, flyer, logo or other graphic, offer a cash prize, and select from the entries submitted.

The site's founders want to create "a design community that businesses and non-profits can tap into," said Creative Allies' Business Development Director, Greg Lucas. Creative Allies is open to the public, and over 1000 art students, designers and music fans have already contributed art.

Contributing designers, called "Allies," can also receive prizes including concert tickets, signed CDs and gift certificates. As well as $250 cash, Jack Johnson offers the winner of his poster contest a trip for two to see him anywhere on his world tour, including airfare and a night of hotel accommodations.

Creative Allies is based in Asheville, NC and San Francisco. The company now has five full-time employees. It is the second business for O'Connell, who is also the owner of Music Allies, a marketing, consulting and promotional services company whose clients include Ani DiFranco, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, the Outside Lands Music Festival and Justin Timberlake's Tennman Records. DiFranco is one of the investors in Creative Allies.

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