I think this is kind of a cop-out. Its cool he's letting a fan design it, but he is literally giving them nothing in exchange. A test press could be given out at the very least, or a screen print of the art they made, or something. I dont know, thats just me. Still will order.
They're being given a copy of the record and backstage passes, so no, they are not literally being given nothing in return.
And it's not a cop out. We have ideas and we have professional designers already in the loop. We could even just go with the current artwork for the CD and digital copy. If we wanted to cop out, we would have already done so. We're trying to get the fans involved in another way, which is what Ace is all about, as are we.
If the people care enough and also come up with something we feel works for the project, we'll go with it. If not, well I guess we can always cop out...