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North Carolina Symphony Launches Design Contest to find New Mascot for NCS Kids Events

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The North Carolina Symphony is looking for a new face for its NCS Kids concerts and events—and it could come from you. In collaboration with Jerry’s Artarama and Artsee Magazine, the Symphony is launching an illustration contest to offer artists and designers a unique opportunity to display their work for a good cause.

Got a great idea for a Symphony mascot that’s family-friendly and appeals to both young people and the young at heart? Design one and submit it electronically to on or before Friday, February 18, 2011, and you could be a winner.

Along with the Symphony’s use of his or her design for NCS Kids events, the winner will receive:

The contest will be judged by WRAL’s David Crabtree, Artsee Magazine Creative Director Dan Early, Jerry’s Artarama President Ira Goldstein and North Carolina Symphony Vice President for Audience Development Suzanne McKeon.

Contest rules and eligibility follow. Complete information on the contest can be found online at

About NCS Kids
NCS Kids presents the Symphony’s three annual Young People’s Concerts, designed for families and children ages 4-12. The hour-long concerts offer children the chance to discover live music in a fun and open atmosphere. They can try out many orchestral instruments before hearing a world-class performance of some of orchestral music’s most beloved masterpieces. Recent Young People’s Concerts have focused on Halloween and holiday music, while the Magic Circle Mime Company joins the Symphony to present The Mozart Experience in January. The orchestra will perform Prokofiev’s classic, Peter and the Wolf, for kids in March.

Also included among NCS Kids activities is Music Makers, a brand-new monthly collaboration that puts the magic and creativity of music right into the hands of Triangle-area children. Held at the Marbles Kids Museum and hosted by North Carolina Symphony musicians and staff members, Music Makers allows children to explore the science of sound and history of music through hands-on crafts and activities, all as part of their day at the museum.

“This is the foundation, the first thing we can and must do,” says North Carolina Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn. “Get kids in front of live music. Kids can download until the cows come home and plug their ears into iPods, but they will never get this experience with these electronic gadgets.”


Rules and Restrictions

The contest is open to all graphic designers, illustrators and artists ages 18 or older, provided they meet the following rules and restrictions:


The NCS Kids mascot will be used in both print advertising and electronic or Web-based promotions to attract attention to and create an easily identifiable and helpful image to support NCS Kids’s mission to introduce and engage young people in orchestral music.

The mascot can be any person, animal or object, realistic or abstract, though designs that incorporate instrumental music or music performance are encouraged. The design should be colorful and kid-friendly, with a recognizable personality.


The design’s colors do not have to be the same as the NCS Kids logo, but they must complement the logo’s colors. The NCS Kids logo colors are:

Blue: “Musical” and “Kids” [C=100, M=0, Y=36, K=0]
Green: “Fun” [C=50, M=0, Y=100, K=0]
Red: “Adventurous” [C=0, M=100, Y=100, K=10]
Orange: “Neat” and ncs square [C=0, M=49, Y=100, K=0]

The design must also be able to be clearly printed in black and white.


Entries must be submitted electronically as a .jpeg file, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and an image that is at least three inches on its longest side. Multiple entries by a single artist are allowed; multiple stances or treatments of a single entry are also allowed and encouraged, provided they are submitted as a single file.


Download the NCS Kids Mascot Design Contest Eligibility and Entry Procedures from

To submit, fill out the form on page three of the NCS Kids Mascot Design Contest Eligibility and Entry Procedures. Save and submit the form along with your entry file as email attachments to

All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 18, 2011. Entries that are mailed as hard-copies will not be accepted.

No phone calls please.


The winner will be notified by email on or before March 25, 2011.


The contest is open to all U.S. artists ages 18 or older. Work must be the artist’s original creation and not previously used by the North Carolina Symphony for any of its marketing materials. Entry in this contest establishes an agreement on the part of the artist, permitting the North Carolina Symphony exclusive rights to exhibit your submitted artwork, biographical information, personal photograph and/or statement on the web and in any marketing materials they so choose without cost or restrictions.

The contest is not open to North Carolina Symphony staff members, their spouses or members of their immediate family. The North Carolina Symphony reserves the right to reject entries it deems inappropriate or infringing on intellectual property without notice. Substitutions for entries sold or otherwise committed before acceptance are not allowed.

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