Please note, our Design + Music Poster Show has been postponed to June 4th due to COVID-19.
We’re looking for poster entries for the Design+Music Poster Show! The Design + Music Poster Show highlights the power of design and AIGA’s influence in shaping the music industry. Design a poster for your favorite song, band, album, concert, or music festival. If you’re feeling supportive, design a poster for a local CLT band, or one of our performing bands!
Poster entry is $10, which gets you free admission to the event and a 18×24 poster printed on matte paper, courtesy of MetroGraphics!
You are welcome to print or hand-make your poster on your own, but please be sure to register with us so we can keep an accurate account of submissions!
If you are having your poster printed with us, the deadline for entries is Monday, May 18 at 8pm.
If you’re printing/making your own poster, the drop-off deadline is Saturday, May 30 between the hours of 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Common Market South End.
Photo from Jacksonville’s Design+Music show
Even though there will be live bands, we will still be playing a playlist of songs/artists that posters were designed for in between sets, so be sure to include your song with your entry if you want it to be heard!
About the event: Our AIGA Charlotte Design + Music Poster Show highlights the power of design and AIGA’s influence in shaping the music industry. Whether you’re a designer, artist, a music lover, or just like to have a good time, this is the event for you!
The Design+Music Poster Show includes a poster gallery featuring designs by Charlotte artists and designers, performances by local bands, and of course, food trucks. It’s a celebration you won’t want to miss!
You can pay for your poster submission and order additional tickets HERE.
We’re excited to have the following local bands performing at this year’s festival!
Erin Williams Banks, @erinwilliamsbanksmusic
Kevin Goodwin, @kevingoodwinmusic
Poster Submission Details
Yay! We’re excited that you want to submit a poster. Your poster should be set up at the size of 18″x24″. Make sure the resolution is at least 300dpi and includes crop marks with a .125″ bleed. Name your file accordingly.
Example file name: JONSNOW_SONGTITLE_18x24.pdf
Email your poster to firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com
Poster Submission FAQs:
1. How should I set up my file?
18”x24” (if you’re planning to print with us). Make sure the resolution is at least 300dpi and includes crop marks with a .125″ bleed. Name your file accordingly.
Example file name: JONSNOW_SONGTITLE_18x24.pdf
2. It says poster submissions only go up to 18×24* and can only print on paper. Why?
We highly encourage artists of all disciplines to create a work of art from music that inspires them, no matter what the medium. Unfortunately, we are unable to hang any heavyweight objects or anything larger than 18×24. Feel free to take a picture of your wood burned, Lite-Brite, food-type lettering masterpiece and tell everyone about your process at the show!
*Your submission will only cover 18×24 matte finish. You can print with a different printer, but we cannot accept a poster size any larger than 18×24.
3. My file is all set. What’s next?
Email your poster to firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com. Make sure you include your song name so we can include it in our mixtape to play the night of the show in between bands!
4. What if my file is too large to send in an email?
You can upload your file to Google Drive, Dropbox, or WeTransfer and share the link with us.
5. When is the deadline to submit my poster and song file?
Monday, May 18 at 8pm. We need to send all files to the printer and allow them time to print, cut, and send us the final prints.
Note: You do have the option to go with a different printer. If you are printing with another printer or making your own, you can drop off your poster on Saturday, May 30 between the hours of 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Common Market South End.
6. Need to drop your poster off earlier?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com and we will set up a time for you to drop off your poster.
7. Why do I need to submit my printed poster by Monday, May 18th if the show isn’t until June 1st?
We need time to layout and organize all prints to make sure they look great in the space and hang the entire show.
8. Is there a limit to how many posters I can submit?
The limit does not exist. Just submit a form for each poster.
9. Can I screenprint or hand-draw my poster?
Yes! Just be sure to register with us. You will be responsible for the production of your poster. Keep in mind the size and weight constraints previously mentioned above.
10. Can I sell my poster?
Yes. Place your name, contact information, and price of the poster on the back of your poster. Artists are responsible for their own transactions.
For additional questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com.
A note from AIGA Charlotte:
We’re always thankful for your support. As a 100% volunteer-run non-profit, we are committed to offering quality events at an affordable cost to the design community and the general public. Events like the Design+Music Festival are supported through partnerships and in-kind donations. If you’re interested in becoming a partner with AIGA Charlotte, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.