Making Vinyl Packaging Awards FAQs

Q: What are the ‘Making Vinyl Packaging Awards’?

A: The awards competition aims to recognize the best in album packaging. Fourteen categories delve into the art and craft of creating a compelling package that matches the artistry of the music.


Q: When will the Making Vinyl Packaging Awards will be presented?

A: Oct. 1, 7:00 pm at the Westin Cadillac Hotel in Detroit. A cocktail party will precede the ceremony.


Q: How are the awards judged?

A: A panel of professional, award-winning art directors will review submissions and vote on their overall aesthetic value, meeting certain criteria depending on category (see descriptions). Points will be tallied automatically.


Q: How can I submit an entry for to be considered?

Unlike last year, entries will be submitted entirely electronically requiring high-quality photographs that best shows the package why it meets a certain level of excellence.


Q: When must have an entry been released to be eligible for consideration?

A: Sept. 1, 2017 – Oct. 1, 2018.


Q: Is the competition global?

A: Yes, LP and CD packages released from anywhere in the world are eligible within the eligibility timeframe.


Q: What is the deadline to submit?

A: Aug. 15, 2018, 11:59 pm (EST), no exceptions. Be sure to fill out all fields on the entry form including: credit card number, expiration date, security code, address of cardholder account; submitter’s email and phone number.


Q: Who may submit entries for the competition?

A: Submissions may come from record labels, pressing plants, brokers, packagers, printers, mastering facilities, artists, and distributors with the caveat that they fit the packaging-focused categories.


Q: How much does it cost to enter the awards?

A: $50 for one entry, $40 each for two to five entries from the submitter (e.g., label, packager, manufacturer, distributor, artist, etc.), $30 each for six to ten entries, and $20 each for eleven or more entries in other categories.


Q: How can I pay for entries?

A: By credit card.


Q: When will finalists be alerted?

A: Five finalists in each category will be alerted by email by Aug. 17 (EOB).


Q: Do finalists then submit physical copies of the package?

A: Yes, two copies of each finalist entry must be physically received by Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2017 at 5 pm (EST) to the attention of Lilly Smith c/o AIGA, 233 Broadway, Suite 1740, New York, NY 10279. You may enquire about receipt of your package at the office by emailing [email protected]. Late entries will not be accepted. No exceptions. Failure to do so risk not being considered for the winning package. Also, please note these submissions will not be returned.


Q: When will the finalist judging occur?

On Aug. 30, beginning at 10 a.m., which is why it’s necessary for your packages to arrive the day before on Aug. 29.


Q: What is AIGA?

AIGA is the profession association for design, and the host of the finalist judging session. More information about the organization is available at


Q: Must shrinkwrapped album packages be submitted?

A: Well, that depends on the category. Obviously for ‘Best in Show’, which judges the package’s overall aesthetics, every element counts that they connect in some way. On the other hand, in a category like Best Record Art, only the colors or design on the vinyl itself will be judged.


Q: When will the winners be notified?

A: At least a month before the Alex Awards ceremony on Oct. 1.


Q: Who will get recognized among the winners?

A: We realize that many individuals are involved in creating a record package. Therefore, on the entry form we leave it to the submitter to acknowledge all parties who participated in the conception and execution, and individuals who played a role in winning packages will receive certificates, while the submitter must indicate who should be named on the trophy.


Q: How much does it cost to attend the Making Vinyl Packaging Awards ceremony?

A: Free to Making Vinyl conference attendees.


Q: Who will get recognized among the winners?

A: We realize that many individuals are involved in creating a record package. Therefore, on the entry form we leave it to the submitter to acknowledge all parties who participated in the conception and execution, and those winners will receive Alex Awards certificates.


Q: Who is Alex Steinweiss and why is there an award named after him?

A: Alex was the creator of the first commercially intended album cover for Columbia Records in 1939. He’s widely regarded as the father of the modern entertainment packaging industry. He died in 2011. At last year’s ceremony, Alex’s son and grandson presented an award.


Q: Are there really two categories honoring compact discs?

Yes, while most of the competition is focused on vinyl, there is one category for multi-disc CD boxed sets, and another titled “And the said it couldn’t be done,” demonstrating particular ingenuity in packaging a single CD.


Q: What should I do if I have additional questions about the Making Vinyl Packaging Awards?

A: For general questions, email Larry Jaffee at [email protected] or call 917-291-2488. For payment problems/questions, email Aimee Eaddy at [email protected].


Q: Can an entry be submitted in more than one category?

A: Yes, entries can be entered in multiple categories, as long as it makes sense and meets the description. For example, a boxed set could also be submitted for the Best in Show (Alex Steinweiss Award) category.