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Album Art Competition

The Independent 88.5 FM Studio Sessions Vol 2 Competition WEBPAGE BANNER

Album Art Competition

The Independent 88.5 FM Studio Sessions (Volume II)


Calling all Graphic Designers! Want to design Album Artwork for 'The Independent 88.5 FM Studio Sessions' Volume II Vinyl LP coming out later this year?

Join the Album art Competition! Contest entry information below.

Album Art Competition Criteria:


Download the 88.5 FM Logo Here
Download the Album Jacket TEMPLATE Here


Additional Requirements & Submission Information:

  • Email your submission to [email protected] no later than 11:59 p.m. PDT Friday, June 4th, 2021
  • Title: The Independent 88.5 FM Studio Sessions Volume II
  • Must be original artwork, unique to this particular album
  • Must incorporate the Independent 88.5 FM Logo (for the front cover - Logo file above)
  • Must include this service mark: A Service of CSUN and Saddleback College (on the back cover)
  • Must include: Engineered, produced & mixed by Matt Blake & Tristan Dolce (on the back
  • Must include the track list (on the back cover) *Track list below
  • ALL  IMAGES MUST BE 300 D.P.I. RESOLUTION or higher. 
  • Use  the  TEMPLATE.  Always keep Template on it’s own layer. NEVER FLATTEN TEMPLATE to  Artwork. 
  • TEMPLATES are the actual die-cut. ADD 3mm or .125” BLEED to all sides, outside the solid pink lines in the template. 
  • TEXT  &  LOGOS should not be closer than 3mm or .125” to the die-cut lines.  
  • EPS and PDF file formats EXTREMELY PREFERRED. 
  • QXD and INDD files are NOT ACCEPTED.  NO GIF or JPEG files. 
  • ALL  TEXT must be CONVERTED to OUTLINES (Illustrator, Quark, Indesign) or RASTERED / FLATTENED (Photoshop). 
  • ALL  IMAGES must be EMBEDDED (Illustrator, Quark, Indesign) or RASTERED / FLATTENED (Photoshop).

Additional Restrictions:

  • No depiction of violence, nudity, profanity, or other offensive imagery
  • No use of copyrighted/trademarked images
  • No blurry, pixilated, or other image quality issues
  • No watermarks
  • No artwork that has been used for another album or project

Get creative - Suggestion:

  • Research the artists, get to know the station, the Triple-A (Adult
    Album Alternative) format etc. to help create artwork that speaks to the album,
    the artists & the station


Artist & Track List (Must Keep Order):

Side A

  • Sharon Van Etten - “Seventeen” Live at Amoeba Music Hollywood 
  • Ethan Gruska - “Teenage Drug” Live at The Hotel Cafe
  • Brittany Howard - “Stay High” Live at 88.5 FM Studios
  • Calexico - “The Stray” Live at Swing House Studios
  • Seratones - “Over You” Live at No Vacancy 


Side B

  • The War On Drugs - “Pain” Live at The Village (Mixed by Ed Cherney)
  • The Wild Reeds - “Capable” Live at 88.5 FM Studios
  • Craig Finn - “Blankets” Live at No Vacancy 
  • Sam Morrow - “Paid By The Mile” Live at 88.5 FM Studios
  • Winnetka Bowling League - “On The 5” Live at 88.5 FM Studios 

*Please note there could be separate winners for the Front cover design & for the Back

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HOW TO ENTER THE ABOVE COMPETITION: No contribution or purchase is necessary. To enter the Independent 88.5 FM Studio Sessions Vol. II Album Art Design Competition (the "Competition), follow the instructions listed above for how to submit an eligible design entry (the "Design").

The entry ("Submission") will be deemed to be submitted when SPONSOR receives the file containing the entered Design via email to [email protected] by the Submission due date. Incomplete entries or entries submitted by other means will not be considered. Submissions must be made between 12:00 a.m. PST on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, and 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, June 4, 2021. No limit on the number of unique entries submitted by an entrant and multiple unique entries allowed.

SPONSOR has sole responsibility for determining if an entry has been successfully submitted. Any Submission that is not in compliance with these Official Rules may be disqualified, at the sole discretion of the SPONSOR—void where prohibited by law.

ELIGIBILITY: Open only to legal residents of any one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. THIS COMPETITION IS INTENDED FOR THE UNITED STATES ONLY. DO NOT ENTER THIS COMPETITION UNLESS YOU ARE LOCATED IN THE UNITED STATES AT THE TIME OF ENTRY. The following persons are not eligible: Persons who, on or after July 1, 2020, were or are employees of Sponsor or its related organizations, including California State University, Northridge. Void where prohibited by law.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: To be considered for the Competition, a Submission must meet the above Album Art Competition Criteria and all of the following requirements (the "Submission Requirements"):

  1. The Submission must be made by an Entrant that meets all eligibility requirements.
  2. Design must be the original work of the Entrant.
  3. Entrant must own all rights to the Design. (See "Releases" below.)
  4. Only online entries will be eligible, and entrants must submit designs in digital format
  5. Only entries sent to [email protected] by the Submission due date will be accepted.
  6. At the sole discretion of SPONSOR, the Design must not contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.

Any Submission that does not meet all Submission Requirements may be disqualified at any time, at the sole discretion of SPONSOR. SPONSOR will retain all Submissions; no Submission will be returned.

RELEASES: If the Design entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the Entrant or that are subject to the rights of third parties (e.g., photos of public art, individual portrait, trademarks, or other slogans), then the Entrant is responsible for obtaining any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use of the Design as described in these Official Rules without compensation. Each Entrant must be prepared to provide a signed written license from the owner of such items as included in the Design entry. Entrant must send all releases to the SPONSOR at the time of Submission. Failure to provide such releases may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate Winner.

LICENSE: By entering the Competition, each Entrant grants an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, gratis, exclusive license to SPONSOR and its related companies to reproduce, adapt, distribute, and display the Submission as follows:

1) in connection with the Competition and promotion of the Competition, including, but not limited to the SPONSOR and it's affiliate websites and the SPONSOR Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and other social media pages, and
2) in any SPONSOR-related promotional and marketing materials, and thank-you gifts. SPONSOR is not obligated to use any Submission.

88.5 FM (KCSN/KSBR) will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek further approval in connection with such use. SPONSOR or its related organizations may use Winner's name and likeness for advertising, fundraising, promotional, or publicity purposes without compensation.

SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNER: SPONSOR will include every eligible entry in the Competition. Winner will be selected by SPONSOR staff. Selection Criteria will be determined by SPONSOR in its sole discretion and may consist of originality and/or composition. Display or publication of any entry on SPONSOR's website does not indicate the Entrant will be selected as a Winner.

The Winner will be selected by Friday, June 11, 2021, and SPONSOR will contact the Winner via the email address provided in the Submission. In addition, the Winner may be announced in multiple places, including but not limited to on www.885fm.org and affiliate websites, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and other social media sites.

GENERAL: The Entrant acknowledges that by entering the Competition, the Entrant agrees a) that the SPONSOR will tolerate no form of cheating and b) that the Entrant and the Submission meet all Official Rules. Any person found cheating or otherwise violating the Official Rules, as determined in the sole discretion of SPONSOR, will be immediately disqualified from the Competition. By participating in the Competition, Entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and by all decisions of 88.5 FM (KCSN/KSBR) as the competition sponsor.

Further, by participating in this Competition, the Entrant agrees that the SPONSOR and its related organizations, their agents, and employees have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind resulting from participation in the Competition. SPONSOR or its related organizations may use Winner's name and likeness for advertising, fundraising, promotional, or publicity purposes without compensation. (See also "License" above.) Taxes and expenses as a result of winning this Competition are the responsibility of the Winner.

SPONSOR: 88.5 FM Radio (KCSN/KSBR), 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330. (818) 677-3090