For those who happen to be online around 9 EST on Monday. May 24 that also have a knack for art, Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer and YouTube heroes OK Go are joining forces for a design contest and live concert/webcast that's being hosted by UStream and online artist community Creative Allies. It might seem like an unlikely pairing at first, but the two acts are considered by some to be among the most visible proponents of modern music marketing.
Though the concert itself--which will be broadcast from the soundstage of Ex’pression College for Digital Arts near San Francisco--is invitation-only, the contest and webcast are free. Here are the details of both artists' contests:
Palmer‘s contest encourages fans to upload original art about "what it means for an artist to be unrestricted, independent and free". The contest celebrates Palmer’s public struggles with label Roadrunner and her recent release.
One winner will receive a picture hand drawn by Palmer on the back of the webcast setlist. Twelve selected fan artworks, including the winning submission, will be exhibited in September/October at a venue TBA. The deadline to submit artwork is August 31.
OK Go’s contest lets artists and designers create a new logo for a content filled USB drive the band distributes at concerts. One winner receives $100. The deadline to submit a design is August 1.