The artwork you choose for your release says a lot about the quality and message of your music. While we work to honor artistic choices, we are also required to follow certain style guidelines set in place by streaming platforms.
Artwork that does not follow these requirements puts the release at risk of being taken down by digital streaming platforms. We want to do everything we can to ensure your release process goes as smoothly as possible so here are some helpful tips:
Please refrain from including the below in your cover art and keep in mind that you are only allowed to use an image that you have the license to use.
- Athletes, celebrities, public figures, or artists not affiliated with your release
- 3rd party logos (social media/DSP logos, photo editing apps logos, iMessage screenshots, etc.)
- Characters from TV, movies, or anime
- Watermarks from cover art creation apps, including Bazaart, pic collage, etc.
- Nudity, pornography or a URL for a website that contains links to pornography
- Any reference to physical packaging such as barcodes and the “compact disc” logo.
- Pricing information
- The word "exclusive"
- Promotion for another product
- Any misleading information (e.g. Do not include other artists not featured in your release)
- Reference to content that your release does not contain
- Websites, URLs, or social media handles
- Offensive imagery or symbolism
Here are some examples of rejected artwork:
Visual representation of a release is very important for any artist. We want to ensure your cover art is of the highest quality, so images must also adhere to the below guidelines:
- Image should be 3000 x 3000 pixels (6000 x 6000 max) with a minimum resolution of 72dpi
- Image should not include a generic template or solid colored squares
- Cover art file should be .jpg or .png file and under 150 MB
- Your cover art should only include a parental advisory sticker if your audio is labeled as explicit
- If your cover art contains text, it should be relevant to the project name and/or credited artists
We hope this helps give you a better idea when it comes to deciding what to include within your releases’ cover art!