When you self release a CD, putting together the packaging can be a big job. Especially if it is the first CD you’ve released!

Packaging is important- nicely crafted packaging, with informative and comprehensive text, will go a long way towards presenting your CD project in the best light possible.

Get a head start by collecting all your info, text, photographs, and artwork as early in the process as possible. Start your text document even as you are just planning your recording sessions. It always takes longer than you think. By the time your final master is ready for replication, you want to be all ready to go to print. (If you start from scratch, you can easily spend weeks getting your packaging organized!)

To help make the design process easier and more organized, I have assembled a checklist of text information you may want to include in your packaging.  You may not need or want to include all of these things, but this list should help you get started.  If you think of anything else I should include, please leave a comment!

CD Packaging Text Checklist

Front Cover
Title
Artist

Spine
Title
Artist
CD #
Record Label
Logo

Back Cover
Title
Artist
Track Numbers
Tracks
Track Times
Total Time
Performers
Conductor
Producer
Copyright notice
UPC Code
URLs
Logos

Disc
Title
Artist
Copyright notice
URLs
Logos

Inside Panels
Title
Artist
Tracks (with correct copyright notices, especially for covers)
Track Numbers
Track Times
Total Time
Publishers
Arrangers
Performers (For musicians signed to a label: “Courtesy Of” their label)
Conductor
Program Notes
Artist Notes
Artist Bio
Dedication
Thanks
Recycled material notice
URLs
Logos

Production Credits:
Executive Producer
Producer
Engineer
Assistant Engineer
Production Assistant
Editor
Mixer
Mastering Engineer
Art Direction
Photographer
Legal Assistance
Program Notes Author

Technical Info:
Recording Dates
Recording Location
Mix Location
Mastering Location
Microphones
Microphone Preamplifiers
Recording System
Monitoring
Instruments