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Turn it up! Get this mountain girl into the studio to do her first professionally recorded album!
68 backers pledged $4,700 to help bring this project to life.

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What happens to a song when you take it into the studio? Add amazing musicians, a real sound engineer, beautiful harmonies, mandolin, and maybe some haunting pedal steel?

LET'S MAKE THIS ALBUM HONEYSUCKLE SWEET!

Listen and imagine the future vibrant version of these songs as they go into the studio:

soundcloud.com/hannahkaminer

and

hannahkaminer.com/listen-download

Below is the breakdown of where the money goes. It goes to studio time, recording, mixing, and mastering the music, and paying my talent-rich, money-poor musician and artist friends who are collaborating with me to make this happen, and buying the actual CDs to send into the world to you, my lovely friends, family, and fans.

More specifics:

1) Recording: Since I already have 8 hours of recording time at the exceptional local recording studio, Echo Mountain, I want to keep it local and preserve the unity of the overall sound. The additional studio time it takes to record and the money to pay the professional sound engineer comes to $1420.

2) Mixing: Once the tracks are recorded, we will need to pay for mixing, which involves finding the best takes, adjusting levels and tone. The arrangements of my songs are relatively simple, though, so this should cost approximately $480.

3) Mastering: This process involves solidifying the levels of the entire record, putting track titles are put into place, and adjusting the amount of time between songs; it will cost a little more than $600.

4) Art & Design: Thanks to Eliza Bell Photography, I have some photos for my album already. Even though I have some material for this already, and I have a friend who is giving me a good rate, it will cost money to have someone put it together and make it look pretty, about $400.

5) Duplication & Shipping: It costs a little more than $2/cd to purchase and ship around 500 CDs with a short insert for me to write out those hearty/snarky/sweet lyrics.

6) Promotion & Publicity: Paying people with expertise to help me promote my album in Western North Carolina and the southeast region....comes to a conservative estimate of $300. 

7) Paying musicians: These kind, wonderful, uber talented musicians help me grow these songs into cool arrangements that you'll want to keep spinning for a long time! I have allotted $300 to pay them.

Finally, if the campaign is a success, KickStarter takes a small percentage fee.

Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions! My email is hannahkaminer@gmail.com.

Risks and challenges

Will there be risks and challenges involved? Yes! Of course. Any time technology or human beings are involved, there will probably be challenges and delays. Costs and timelines have been estimated through my research with the help of my mentors.

If the project is successfully funded, I will do my best to work through any challenges or setbacks that arise, the way I have made it through challenges so far: through the support and collective wisdom of my friends, family, and community.

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    Digital download of finished album + artwork as soon as it is available!

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    Signed hard copy of the CD and artwork plus digital downloads as soon as they are available, shipped to you in the U.S.!

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    Tiny Art: Album Artwork Musical Poster-cards (3) + Hard copy of CD with digital downloads (Postcards come with a download code for the recipient)

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    One copy of the CD signed to you and two signed to the friends of your choice!

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    Snarky/sweet lyrics magnets for your fridge, set of two. (and of course! the new album.)

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    A special thank you in the liner notes of the new album! Includes the album, of course.

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    Insider’s View (Oldest and newest material -- digital downloads of the first two songs I ever wrote (so bad!!) and one other recently written song not on the album) (and of course! the new album.)

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    The hard-core fan combo: Five copies of the album so you can evangelize, snarky/sweet lyrics magnets for your fridge, and a special thank-you in my liner notes.

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    A signed hard copy of the album and a beautiful handmade journal, for your lyrics and thoughts and poems. (Preview here: http://hannahkaminer.com/home/blog/handmade-journal.)

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    I will not only send you a CD, but make you the famous homemade CRANBERRY SALSA/remedy-of-all-ills and bring it to your house! (50 mile radius; outside this radius, I will mail you monster cookies! They’re really, REALLY good.)

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    Poetry/songwriting workshop for yourself or your kids (for songwriting workshop, must have some previous musical experience). (and of course! the new album.)

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    Song written and performed in honor of the loved one of your choice OR written about the book of your choice (requires brief background interview). ("Angel Bound" is based on "My Book of Life by Angel" (Martine Leavitt)). Includes new album.

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    Provide music for your own personal (house) show (Additional accompaniment can be arranged, such as mandolin, banjo, or fiddle. Mix of covers and originals to suit the occasion.)

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    Provide your own personal house show with dinner cooked by a crew of musicians who also happen to be great cooks!

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Funding period

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