We’re excited to announce our newest contest, but in a first for Figment we’re teaming with another great site, Zooglobble, to put it on.

So what’s a Zooglobble you ask?  Zooglobble is children’s music site started by a friend of ours Stefan Shepherd.  Stefan first started to write about kids music in 2001 when his wife asked him to help out with a parenting newsletter.  Nearly a decade later, he has two kids and listens to more kids music than maybe a handful of people in the country.  His website, Zooglobble.com, features news, reviews, and interviews from the resurgent genre, and he’s appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered and XM Radio and in the pages of Wired and Real Simple. In March he’ll be on a kids music panel at SXSW.

So needless to say, Stefan’s an expert on the burgeoning kids music scene and we’ll be leaning on his expertise to help us judge the final entries.  Even better, we’re hoping that by working together we can create some great cross-pollination between our sites.  After all, I defy anyone to tell me that Trout Fishing in AmericaYo Gabba Gabba or Dan Zanes don’t rock!

So let’s get to the particulars.  The contest begins today, Wednesday, February 10 and will run until Wednesday, March 10.  During that time you’re being asked to create a children’s album — or, at least, everything except the actual music.  The album’s artwork, description and songs all have to be relevant to the kids music genre.  Stefan and our Figment editorial staff  will be judging the entries and will crown a winner and two runners up.  The winner will receive a prize package containing 2,500 pieces of Lucre, a Figment t-shirt and a kids’ CD from Zooglobble.  The first runner up will receive 1,500 pieces of Lucre, a Figment t-shirt, and a kids’ CD, while the second runner up will receive 1,000 pieces of Lucre, a Figment t-shirt and a kids’ CD.

To enter please follow these basic rules:

1. You must be a registered Figment user to participate.  If you don’t currently have a Figment account please create one.  This contest is open to Figment users worldwide.

2.  Create a fake band on Figment and release a children’s album with cover art.  You may also release a children’s album from an existing band that you have previously created.  To be considered an album must be targeted at children and families, which is articulated and reflected in the album artwork, description and song titles. Once you have released the album or album(s) you want to submit as an entry, please post the band and album name along with a link as a comment to the contest post on Zooglobble (not on this Figment post), so that we and Zooglobble users can check it out.  If you don’t post the band/album name as a comment to the contest post on Zooglobble your children’s album entry won’t be considered.

3. Users may enter as many children’s albums as they would like.

4.  Any artwork used in the creation of your album cover should either be original or at least one at which you have the permission of the copyright owner to use.  If you do use someone else’s work you need to make it your own by at the very least adding text or something that makes it your own.  Any album designs that are judged as being a copy of an existing work will be disqualified.  We will also disqualify any album cover that is offensive in nature – sexist, racist or hate-based.

5.  The contest will run from Wednesday, February 10 until Wednesday, March 10, 2010.  All submissions must be posted by no later than 11:59 pm ET on Wednesday, March 10.

6.  By no later than Tuesday, March 16th, the combined Figment/Zooglobble editorial staff will select the Top 3 children’s albums – a winner and two runners up.  The winner and runners up will be announced on Wednesday, March 17, 2010.

We’re really excited to be working with Zooglobble on this contest, and we hope you are too!  It should give us all an opportunity to gain new fans as we meet the Zooglobble community and vice versa.  Even better we’ll get a feel for some of the incredible children’s music that’s out there, and believe me the days of this have gladly been replaced by this!

So let’s have a nice playdate with Zooglobble and create some great children’s albums of our own!

7 Responses to “The Figment – Zooglobble Children’s Album Contest”

  1. frizbee Says:

    Y’know, originally I thought that The Rubbers would work great for this contest. Now I’m thinking not so much, lol. This is certainly an interesting and unique contest idea, and I for one am looking forward to entering. Solomon X. Lambert children’s album anyone? No? Too much? Well, I guess I’ll have to get work…

  2. theHoseman Says:

    Hmmm… this creates a lot of interesting challenges. Hope I can come up with something.

  3. TMTYTF Says:

    At first, I wasn’t so sure about this. Then got to thinking, only Smart Alec could even attempt to pull off a children’s album. It’s gonna be funny. I do have some questions about the content though, even though they may sound dumb.

    Are we allowed to use swear words?

    What exactly defines hate based?

    Even if it’s an adult-humored children’s concept album, would that be okay?

    Please get back to me on these questions b/c I am extremely curious and am interested in the contest

  4. ChildofAlma Says:

    Hate-based would be (Extremely) anti-religious , racist, and/or sexist.

  5. Eric Says:

    TMTYTF – I would steer away from swear words, and ChildofAlma’s definition of hate-based is pretty right on. The only way I can see a Smart Alec album working in this contest would be to do an album of bad puns, but given their previous albums I’m not sure they would be a good fit. I find Kids + swearing, sex and/or bathroom humor = not such a good idea.

  6. theHoseman Says:

    I agree completely with Eric.

  7. TMTYTF Says:

    don’t worry, I will make it work, Smart Alec is totally capable of making a totally funny/kid friendly album, you’ll see

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