- This is an online competition – please submit your sleeves to the Secret 7" website. - London, United Kingdom
Organised by Secret 7"
Anyone can create a Secret 7".
We're open for your submissions until 10 March 2020.
You can submit a digital design via our website or you can design directly to a blank 7" sleeve.
Your artwork can be anything you want, it’s your interpretation of the song. But before you get started, please read the guidelines below on creating a sleeve digitally.
About Secret 7"
This year we’re celebrating the seventh and final edition of Secret 7”.
By the end of this show we’ll have made 4,900 one-of-a-kind records for 49 different tracks since 2012. What started as a side hustle has taken us on some journey. With your continued support creating artwork and buying records, we hope to take our grand total raised for good causes to over £250,000.
If you're unfamiliar with the project, let us unpack how we aim to do that.
We’re pressing 100x copies of the following tracks to 7” -
Aretha Franklin - One Step Ahead Bob Dylan - Blind Willie McTell Foo Fighters - This Is A Call The Internet - Come Over Koffee - Toast Miles Davis - Miles Runs The Voodoo Down Vampire Weekend - Harmony Hall
Every single one of them will have unique artwork created for it.
From 9 - 30 May we’ll exhibit all the artwork at NOW Gallery on Greenwich Peninsula in London. On 31 May there will be a first come, first served sale. This year each record is priced at £70.
The secret is that all the artworks are anonymous. If you’re looking for a particular record you’ll have to study the sleeves and guess correctly, you’ll have a 1 in 7 chance at that. If you’re looking for a particular artwork contributor then your odds are a bit longer.
All profits this year will be donated to Help Refugees.
Digital Submission Guidelines
1. Do not include the musician’s name, the track title or your name in your design.
2. Only the front of the sleeve will be visible in the gallery so concentrate your design there. You can create a design for the back if you wish, the best way to set that up is as a two page PDF with the front of the sleeve on page one and the back on page two.
3. Dimensions should be 182 x 182mm + 3mm bleed on the top, bottom and right hand side. The bleed won’t be visible, so bear that in mind.
4. Your file must be produced in CMYK so it’s set-up to be printed. Any PMS specials will be converted. Metallic or fluorescent inks cannot be reproduced.
5. Your file must be 300dpi.
6. Your file must be saved as either a Tiff, JPEG or PDF.
7. Do try and reduce the size of your file as much as possible - 10MB maximum.
8. You can submit a sleeve design for as many of our tracks as you like, and more than one design for each track.
9. You have until 23:59 GMT on 10 March 2020 to upload your designs. Late submissions will not be accepted. We advise that you don’t wait until the last few minutes to upload your design as the site will be busy.
10. Design inspiration must be 140 characters (including spaces) or less. Avoid unusual characters and keep it simple. If your work is successful making it into the show, this message will be printed onto an authentication slip that they buyer of your work will receive at sale.
11. Last but not least - if we email you with the good news that you’ve made it into the show please keep it a secret until after our sale on 31 May 2020. Sleeves featured in the show that get shared before the sale put themselves at risk of being removed from the show.
If you have any trouble submitting a digital design, we kindly ask you to double check these guidelines before reaching out to us. If you do need to contact us about your submission, please email support @ secret-7 . com
Best of luck!
We aim to tell people if they have been successful at least 2 weeks before the show.
Please head to our website to download the PDF guidelines, digital templates or the link to get your hands on a physical blank 7" sleeve – do hurry though, these are limited!
Help Refugees, Sony Music, NOW Gallery and Camden Town Brewery.