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AIM 2021 Preparations

Posted by Random-storykeeper - March 17th, 2021

AIM 2021 begins! Submission thread: https://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1468445

The Art-Inspired Music Contest is happening this year on Friday April 16, 2021. In this compo, you create a piece of music inspired by art from the Newgrounds Art Portal. More details and the rules will follow in the official submission thread (to be posted on the start of the compo), but they're probably going to be the same as the previous years' rules, so check out last year's submission thread here for an example of what to expect!

You can start searching for art, but you cannot start creating your entry before the submissions thread is posted on April 16, 2021. For now, there are a few matters that need to be addressed now:


There's a couple of things I want to touch on for this year's compo - judging and voting for the fan favourite.

Fan Favourite

I do love the idea of having a fan favourite vote, but it doesn't seem like not a lot of people actually vote. Thankfully, we've managed to get a Fan Favourite winner by default when all other contenders were actual winners, but it would be nice to have a system that was a little more fan controlled. I remember touching on this last year, but I'm thinking of making it so that people can vote on more than one entry simultaneously. The question is whether it should be a ranked voting (eg. award 1, 2 or 3 points to three of the entries) or equally weighted votes (eg. you can vote for 3 but all votes are worth 1 point). I might lean more towards the ranking system as I think it might allow for a clearer winner. What are your thoughts?


Judging in previous years was usually pretty lax. Here's my previous post about how we judged the entries for 2020's compo. While the current system does allow for a quicker selection of winners, it doesn't really allow for all participants to easily get feedback for their entries. It's something I do think about a lot in regards to the competition. Feedback is great, but giving decent feedback can be extremely time consuming and if rushed, then it just becomes about the first impressions of an entry, which I don't know if that makes for a necessarily good merit of judgement. Either way, I've previously been super iffy about implementing a straight-up points rating system. Judges on AIM could use their own points system in the past, but it was never put in place across the entire panel. Maybe it would be good to have a standard on that front.


As per usual, AIM requires three other judges to evaluate all the entries. UPDATE: We now have a full judging panel, thanks! @Troisnyx has stepped forward to be a judge again this year, so we just need two more judges to fill the panel.

Promo Art

This year, Troisnyx has also offered to do the promo art, so thank you!


So far, prizes have not been super clear this year, but generally more stuff gets offered during the submission period, so that may be the case once more. As per usual, winners get to be on the AIM compilation album, but aside from that, there's not a lot that has been confirmed yet. If you have some ideas for prizes or want to donate prizes for this contest, please let me know in the comments.

I hope to see you all participating, in one way or another. Remember, don't start your entry until the submission thread is posted!!!




Are they any rules involving picking your own art?

In the past, no, but the part of the essence of the compo is to highlight works of art created by other artists in the Art Portal. It is still allowed (provided the art is from the Newgrounds art portal and satisfies all other requirements), but discouraged.

this looks cool

what time period does the art have to be from or does it just have to exist in the art portal?

It can be from any period, as long as it was submitted to the Art Portal and isn’t rated A. Your entry has to be created within the period of the contest, though.

Maybe I'll partecipate too, but I'm still not 100% sure

I hope I will remember to participate, I should have some time in April between the semesters.

Not sure if I'll be able to join in on the fun this year or not, however I do agree that a ranked voting system for the Fan Favourite category would likely be the best way to go. Single-point weighting is much more likely to end in a tie, which would ultimately mean that you or one of the judges would have to cast the deciding vote, and that basically defeats the purpose.

Anyhow, whether I'm able to participate or not, I hope that all goes well for the 2021 Art-Inspired Music Contest! Good luck and godspeed, one and all.

This is my favorite event of the year! I've improved a lot since then. Let's do another collaboration @KamiKaye Besides Your art is amazing and I love it!

@Teckmo-X Sounds good ! Thanks a lot !

Looking forward to this one, had fun with it last time. :)

Can I submit more than one entry? Just cause there's so much cool fucking art on here that i have too many ideas for songs.

You’ll be able to submit up to 2, same as last year.

Does it have to be art that's submitted the day the contest begins or can we use old art as inspiration for the contest?

It can be from any time as long as it satisfies the other rules! So yeah, doesn’t have to be art that is submitted after the contest starts. Only your piece has to be created within that period.

I might try and join the Art Contest. But question, is a Comic okay?

If it's submitted to the Art Portal, then yes.

I definitely have time to start on my entry considering it officially would start 04/16/2021. Is there an estimation on a deadline?

More details about the contest will be provided when it begins, but there will be about a two month period to work on and submit entries.

A shame that I can't play any instrument :/

You don’t have to play an instrument to participate. You can learn a DAW - there’s plenty of programs out there (some you can download for free) that you can check out and experiment with.

@Parablebox @Random-storykeeper Two months. Gotcha. I prolly will have mine done before the end of April. Same with the Pico Day entry.

First year, i'll be participating, i'm kinda excited !

@ExplosiveHeads @Random-storykeeper nah, Im fine, even though, I don't have the time to do it

Very hyped, i'll definitely compose a track for this contest! Already have an art piece in mind, I think... Can't wait to start playing around!

For anyone entering, I'll be more than happy to offer some of my art for inspiration ?

someone tell me a program to make music?

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