sean-oconnell-ashevilleFounder: Sean O’Connell
Site: Creative Allies
The Lowdown: Runs online competitions to design merchandise for rockstars
Awesomeness: Clients include The Black Keys, Naughty Boy, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey…

Creative Allies is an online platform enabling people from around the world to design promotional artwork for rockstars. Talented designers and emerging artists submit art for their favorite bands, films and festivals through online contests. At no cost, artists can submit original creations for a chance to win prizes, sell designs and get their talent noticed.

Forbes: Forget The Merch Stall: Buy Fan-Made Band TeesĀ Online
Social Media Today: Social Startups: Creative Allies Gives Artistic Freedom to Fans, Bands and Brands interviews Creative Allies at CrowdConf 2011