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Design artwork for Nas

Winner Announced On
March 13, 2013
THE BRIEF

Secret 7’’ are inviting creatives from around the globe to take inspiration from Nas' track, The Don and design an original 7 inch vinyl sleeve. Between 30-50 winners will be selected. One copy of each design will be produced and exhibited in East London for over a week in April.

The project culminates on Record Store Day when the 700 one-of-a-kind vinyl will be available to purchase, with all of the profits going to the charity Art Against Knives. None of the buyers will know who created the sleeve, or even which song it's for, until they are holding it in their hands - the secret lies within.

Check out the other artists part of the Secret 7'' project: Public Enemy, Elton John, Jessie Ware, HAIM, Nick Drake and Laura Marling.

ABOUT SECRET 7"
Secret 7" is an annual event that combines music and art for a good cause. We take 7 tracks from 7 of the best-known musicians around and press each one 100 times to 7" vinyl. We then invite creatives from around the world to interpret the tracks in their own style, resulting in a one-of-a-kind sleeve for every 7”. The creatives are made up of famous names through to gems we unearth through artwork submitted to us here on our website. Watch the video to revisit last year's exhibition.
ABOUT NAS
From the release of his first record Illmatic in 1994, Nas has been considered one of the greatest emcees in music history. The Don is taken from his eleventh studio album Life Is Good.
THE CAREER OPPORTUNITY

30-50 designs will be selected by and printed on a Secret 7’’ vinyl sleeve which will be exhibited and sold at the gallery.

Each winner will also receive:

  • An A3 print on which will be their design and a certificate of their involvement in the project
  • Exposure for their artwork both online and in the exhibition space at the UK’s largest independent creative agency, Mother
  • One design will be picked by Clash magazine and featured in their June edition

THE COMMUNITY CHOICE

The design of the Highest Voted will be printed on a Secret 7’’ vinyl sleeve which will be exhibited and sold at the gallery. The artist will also receive:

  • An A3 print on which will be their design and a certificate of their involvement in the project
  • Exposure for their artwork both online and in the exhibition space at the UK’s largest independent creative agency, Mother
  • One design will be picked by Clash magazine and featured in their June edition

ABOUT ART AGAINST KNIVES
A youth-led charity which works to reduce the root causes of knife crime through arts initiatives that provide an alternative to violent gang culture.
HOW SECRET 7" WILL CHOOSE
Secret 7” will choose the winners from all qualified submissions with special consideration for the top voted entries. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.
CREATIVE INVITE GUIDELINES

  • Participants may submit artwork or a photograph
  • Entries must not include text relating to the host artist nor song title
  • Create the front of the 7’’ sleeve - only this will be visible in the gallery
  • Dimensions should be 184mm x 184mm with a 3mm bleed, so in total 190mm x 190mm. The bleed will not show on the front of the sleeve so please don't design anything in this area that you want to be visible
  • Original submission files must be produced in CMYK, 300dpi and either Tiff, JPEG or EPS file formats
  • Participants must retain their original work should they be chosen as a winner

  • Submissions must be original (meaning not using third party pre-existing copyright materials)
  • Participants must include a description about their submission
  • Participants must be aged 13 or over to enter
  • Participants must join using an active email address so if chosen they can be easily contacted
  • The winning submissions may be modified to accommodate production requirements
  • Inappropriate or harmful submissions will be removed
  • No purchase necessary
  • The copyright in and to the winning submissions shall be owned by Nas and/or Secret 7'' respectively
  • Finalists will be allowed to use their submission for portfolio purposes
  • Nas has the right, but not the obligation, to use the winning submission
Official Rules
It's important to know our Official Rules before starting your creative work.
Read Here
Key Dates
  • Submit By: February 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM
  • Voting Starts: February 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM
  • Voting Ends: February 27, 2013 at 6:00 PM
  • Winner Announcement: March 13, 2013