Make It Last! Design Eco-friendly Merch for The Academic

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One of the biggest concerns from both artists and fans is the fact that merchandise often isn’t sustainable or environmentally friendly. The Academic is giving YOU the chance to design a completely sustainable, eco-friendly t-shirt, Poster, band sticker or guitar pick and win some incredible prizes!

Submit your work by Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at 09:00 AM BST.

What? Design a sustainable, eco-friendly t-shirt, poster, sticker, or guitar pick for The Academic.

Why? We’re in a climate emergency and artists and young people must lead the way using sustainable eco-friendly products.

When? The submission period is open from Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 - Tuesday, January 11th, 2022.

What’s in it for me? Well, saving the Earth for a starter! If chosen as one of the two Selected Creators YOUR work will be noticed by the band and their label, AND a drawing tablet! 2 x Finalists will also be chosen and receive tickets to see the band live!

Who? You, the creative community, and your favorite band, The Academic.

Up for it? Of course, you are! If you have a passion and eye for design, care about the environment, and want to design some official merchandise for The Academic, get creating and send your designs in. Loads of the entries will be shared by the band on social media and the winning entry might be included in the official tour merchandise.

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Untitled is aware of how difficult it is for young creatives to get noticed and get connected - art and design are particularly tricky industries to crack! We are super excited for you to get your designs noticed by the band and community, but also by Universal music! Designing a one-of-a-kind t-shirt, poster, band sticker, or guitar pick might get your creation included in an official merchandise line and will also be brilliant for those building a portfolio and in need of impressive work to get noticed by future colleges and places of work. You also have the chance of winning online music lessons for an instrument of your choice and getting tickets to see the band live! As an added bonus you will be doing something good for the climate and showing the industry what the future for merchandise looks like!

Things to Consider
  • You must be aged 13 - 18 to participate in this brief as the entries will be shown on social media.
  • Please make sure you are happy to have your work made public on our social channels before entering.
  • Before starting your creative brief please watch music videos and interviews of/with The Academic to get a better sense of their aesthetic, humor, and what matters to them.
Do's
  • Do be daring and adventurous with your designs - there are no wrong/bad ideas!
  • Do make sure to annotate your t-shirt, poster, band stick, or guitar pick with what materials you are using so they are 100% sustainable and eco-friendly. You MUST give loads of thought to the design and materials!
  • Do share more than one submission - we know creativity isn’t limited. We will accept more than one design idea, but the maximum is five. Send all design ideas separately.
  • Do follow The Academic on socials to be part of an exciting, creative community.
  • Do follow Untitled on to be part of a growing creative community
  • Do share this with your school, teachers, friends, and family and spread the word
  • You can submit your design in the form of a photograph or digital drawing, graphic, or illustration (i.e. using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, or ProCreate). You could draw, print or paint your design by hand and submit it via a scan. If you are creating your design on a computer or tablet, the file should be exported as a .jpeg or pdf, and be no bigger than 10MB.
Dont's
  • Don’t be shy about showing off your skills - it’s how you get noticed
  • Don’t submit if you are under-13 as you need to be legally allowed to go on social media platforms and lots of the work will be uploaded on socials.
  • Don’t worry if you are a younger creator! We have some exciting briefs we will be uploading for you in due course.


The Best Bit!

2 submissions will be chosen by The Academic and their team at Universal Music Group as Selected Young Creators, and each will:

  • YOUR work will be noticed by the band and their label!
  • receive a drawing tablet!
  • 3x Tickets to see The Academic live
    • Please note we will not be providing Transport and Accommodation

  • have their work posted on Untitled social channels.

2 submissions will also be chosen by The Academic and their team at Universal Music Group as Finalists, and each will:

  • receive a £30 voucher for music or art supplies.

  • have their work posted on Untitled social channels.

  1. Please start by logging in to your 'Young Creator' account!

  2. Make sure you've addressed all the key points in the Creative Brief.

  3. When you're ready, click 'Submit' to upload your work and your signed Permission Agreement if needed. You can either print and sign the agreement, uploading it as a photograph, or scan it. Or if you do not have access to a printer you can visit a free pdf editor online, sign the agreement there, and save it as a pdf before uploading it to our website.

When the brief closes for creator selection on 11th January 2022, the Untitled team will review all submissions to date and announce the Final Selected Creators.

Having problems submitting? Drop us a line at hello@Untitledbytlnt.com and our team will help you.

Launch: Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

Submit your work by Tuesday, January, 11th 2022 at 5pm

Selected Creator announcement: Monday, January 31st, 2022


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'Hey there, we’re The Academic - We’re unbelievably excited to be launching this competition that allows our fans to be part of our community and gets the opportunity to design completely sustainable t-shirts, band stickers and guitar picks. As you know, climate issues and leading the way in making the industry more sustainable and eco-friendly is an issue close to our hearts, and it means a lot we can share this with our fans, who are as worried about the state of the planet as we are!’

The Academic are an Irish indie rock band, formed in Rochfortbridge, County Westmeath in 2013. The band consists of Craig Fitzgerald, Dean Gavin, and brothers Matthew and Stephen Murtagh. Their début studio album, Tales from the Backseat, was released in January 2018, entering the Irish Albums Chart at number one. The album was nominated for Album of the Year at the Choice Music Prize in January 2019. They are currently signed to Capitol Records which is part of Universal Music Group.

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  • Who can submit? Anyone aged 13-18 with a Young Creator account.

  • What do I need to submit? You can submit your design in the form of a photograph or digital drawing, graphic or illustration (i.e. using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop or ProCreate). You could draw, print or paint your design by hand and submit it via a scan. If you are creating your design on a computer or tablet, the file should be exported as a .jpeg or pdf, and be no bigger than 10MB. It must be created by you (please don't submit anyone else's work, including friends, adults or images you found online).

  • What should my submission include? Your work and the Permission Agreement signed by your parent or legal guardian. We may contact you or your parents if this is missing. Both items are required for a submission to be complete.

  • You can use the work you submit any way you like including school and in your creative portfolio.

  • How do I submit? At the top of this page, click 'Submit', and upload your work as a JPEG or PDF. All files must be max. size 10 MB. You can submit up to 15 times.

  • Once the creative brief closes, Untitled will review all complete submissions and choose the Selected Creators. A complete submission includes your work, signed Permission Agreement, meets the creative brief, terms & conditions, and Official Rules.

  • Selected Creators agree to allow Untitled to use their design across online and social channels (this is an exclusive, worldwide, digital and social license).

  • Make sure the email address on your Untitled profile is correct (this will be yours or your parent/guardian's) so we can contact you about incomplete submissions or if you are a Selected Creator.

  • All complete submissions will become visible on Untitled when Selected Creators are announced. At this time, your submission and your Untitled display name will be visible to the Untitled community.

  • Please respond to Untitled emails from hello@untitledbytlnt.com within 72 hours. If we don't hear back from you or your parent/legal guardian, you will forfeit the incentive detailed in 'The Opportunity'.

  • Untitled may remove any inappropriate, offensive, and harmful submissions from anywhere on the Untitled platform.

  • View the full Official Rules for this creative brief. Only Young Creators can participate in this creative brief.

  • Submissions must include your child's work and the Permission Agreement signed by a parent/legal guardian. You can either print and sign the agreement, uploading it as a photograph, or scan. Or if you do not have access to a printer you can visit a free pdf editor online, sign the agreement there and save it as a pdf before uploading it to our website.

  • If your child is chosen as a Selected Creator, Untitled will email the Young Creator or the parent/legal guardian to notify them.

  • If you have more questions, contact us at hello@untitledbytlnt.com.