The importance of Artwork

School CD Recordings

May and June are busy months for us at Recordings 4 Schools.   Over the next 8 weeks we will be travelling all over the country and recording around 30 or more School CDs all of which need to be produced and ready for sale by the end of the Summer term.  However, that doesn’t mean to say it’s too late to book your recording with us.  We still have some spare days left and would be delighted to come to your school and record your pupils.


We are often asked how long it all takes.  Well the recording itself takes a day. We will arrive at your school around 0730 and start setting up so we are ready to record your pupils from around 09.00.   This gives us the whole day to record as much as you like .  Once we finish – usually in line with the end of your school day, we pack up and head back to our studio.  From there we master your tracks to make them sound as good as possible, and then deliver the CDs to you around 10 days later.


In order to keep things moving, getting the artwork sorted is one of the key priorities.   For most of our School CDs we will create the artwork for you. This means you don’t have to worry about dealing with graphic designers or trying to fit things to templates.   But in order to create your artwork we do need some key information from you.  There is more details about this on our Artwork page which also includes a link to our downloads page where there are templates for your pupils to design the front cover.

Examples of School CDs

Ideally if we can get the artwork content from you on or before the recording date this means we can crack on with your CD and there will be minimal delays.  Don’t worry we always give all our clients a chance to see the artwork and sign off the PDF version before it goes to print.

What do we need from you?

Most school CDs will be supplied in a jewel case (the standard CD packaging as shown in the picture above). This means you have a 4 page booklet and a rear inlay all of which require artwork or content.  The first page of the booklet is the front cover and the back page of the booklet will appear opposite the CD when you open the case.  Most Primary Schools encourage pupils to design the front cover and then include a note from the head teacher on the back of the booklet. The 2 inside pages can either be blank or you could include information about your school, list the names of people who took part or perhaps include some photographs.  The rear inlay (when you turn the case over) is usually where we would put the track list, details of the teachers / head of music etc and any relevant copyright information.

It’s ideal if we can receive most of the information electronically if at all possible.   However, we will scan in the pupils designs for the front cover so you can just supply us with the paper copies on the day. We can return these to your school if you wish along with the CDs.

Sign off the Artwork

Once we have put together your artwork based on the content received we will then send you a PDF proof copy of all the pages to be printed. It’s important to check these carefully as once the job goes to our production house no further changes can be made.  Then we will deliver your CDs to you around a week later all individually cellophane wrapped and looking fabulous!

If you would like to find out more about recording a CD in your School with Recordings 4 Schools then please call us on 01225 302143 or click here to email us