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The Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar is the world's first sexy calendar to come with a CD, with music from the 13 indie artists inside.
The Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar is the world's first sexy calendar to come with a CD, with music from the 13 indie artists inside.
The Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar is the world's first sexy calendar to come with a CD, with music from the 13 indie artists inside.
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The Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar is the world's first sexy calendar that also comes with a CD. We are redefining sexiness by putting out both a fun collection of sexy accordion photos, and a compilation CD which gives people the chance to hear the artists' music.

The 2018 Edition is number nine in the series. All the music and photos are collected and we are almost ready to go to print. What we need now are pre-orders and shares on social media to get the printing press rolling for the Accordion Babes. Art from the calendar is both viewable and audible on the project video. Previous years' calendars can be viewed on our website accordionpinupcalendar.com.

To help inspire more generous donations and in order to make this year's Kickstarter release special, there is a very fun array of rewards offered by the Accordion Babes. We have donated albums from our bands, cookbooks and T-shirts and a made-to-order hand-embroidered accordion Western shirt. Three of us are offering live shows. People who live in or around Portland, Oregon, Cleveland, Ohio, or Hamburg, Germany can reserve a great indie Accordion Babe act for their upcoming events in exchange for their Kickstarter pledge. Accordion and music businesses can even consider a sponsorship... many of our customers are accordion players and the calendars get seen by many folks all year round so it's a great return on a modest amount of advertising money... plus it really helps us out! Four 16mm x 16mm ad spaces are available on the album credits page for sponsors to show their support. Friends and fans who can only give a little can get an Accordion Babes postcard. Friends and family who can give a little more can get a signed copy and a mention in the Thank You section of the calendar.

The print order has already been laid out with Pirate's Press, a company which mostly prints LPs and CDs for bands... who are very well-suited to print our calendars which are exactly the size of an LP record jacket. They are already set up to print our CD too because that is what they do very well already. It takes a little while for the calendars to be printed and shipped, though we are going to print in October the expected release date in the US and Europe is in the month of December. The cost of shipping out rewards is of course included in the budget specs. We are looking into ordering new eco-friendly cardboard mailers too.

Risks and challenges

The hardest parts of the project are curating the artwork, organizing the information, and getting enough pre-orders for the print-run. If our Kickstarter campaign is successful then the hardest portion of the project is behind us.

Shipping in time for the winter holidays is the biggest time-crunch of the project once it's funded. We'll be working on getting our shipping database organized early while the calendars are still at press; that way we'll be prepared for the holiday-time mail crunch.

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    Accordion Babes Postcard

    Get a personal thank-you postcard from an Accordion Babe in exchange for a $5 pledge.

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    3 Accordion Babes Postcards

    Get postcards from 3 of the women in the 2018 Accordion Babes Pin-up Calendar, with grateful messages to brighten your day.

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    Dogs Playing Polka Poster

    One copy of the infamous poster "Dogs Playing Polka", a funny painting showing dogs playing accordion and horns, signed by the one and only Big Lou the Accordion Princess. Includes cost of shipping within the U.S. Image available upon request: send email to accordionpinupcalendar@gmail.com

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    Dogs Playing Polka Poster

    One copy of the infamous poster "Dogs Playing Polka", a funny painting showing dogs playing accordion and horns, signed by the one and only Big Lou the Accordion Princess. Includes cost of shipping within the U.S. Image available upon request: send email to accordionpinupcalendar@gmail.com

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    Accordion Babes 2018 Pin-Up Calendar

    One copy of the 2018 Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar with compilation CD.

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    5 Cent Coffee Fan Package

    One signed copy of 5 Cent Coffee's double album "The Lost Parade", plus one copy of the Accordion Babes 2018 Pin-Up Calendar.

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    Jet Black Pearl Fan Package

    One signed copy of Jet Black Pearl's new EP "Flop" with a download code included. Also includes a copy of the 2018 Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar and a postcard from Jet a.k.a. Jetty Swart.

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    Two Accordion Babes 2018 Calendars

    Get one copy of the 2018 Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar for you and one for a friend. Save a little by pre-ordering two copies.

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    Squeezeboxgoddess Fan Package

    Receive one signed copy of Renee de la Prade's first album "Notes From Underground", a rare release which can't be ordered on the internet except through this Kickstarter project. One copy of the 2018 Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar is included, plus a postcard from Renee.

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    Susanna Koska Fan Package

    One copy of Susanna's CD "Affenalarm" with her band Zauberhafte Welt Der Tiere. Comes with one copy of the 2018 Accordion Babes Calendar.

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    Shelder the Electric Clamfish Special

    Get a copy of Shelder the Electric Clamfish's album "Notes of a Vagabond", recorded in a haunted house in rural Nova Scotia, and one copy of the 2018 Accordion Babes Pin-up Calendar where Shelder is Miss March.

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    Accordion Babes 3-Issue Set

    Get one copy of the Accordion Babes 2018 Pin-Up Calendar and any two back-issues from the following years: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017

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    Aurelia Cohen Fan Package

    One signed copy of Aurelia Cohen's new release "Intuitive Compass", includes a copy of the 2018 Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar and a postcard from Aurelia.

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    Friends of the Accordion Babes

    Have yourself, your family, or your business name listed in the "Thank You" section on the last page of the Accordion Babes 2018 Pin-Up Calendar. One signed copy of the 2018 Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar is included.

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    Sarah Savoy Cajun Cooking Surprise

    One copy of Sarah Savoy's cookbook "Cajun Cooking", one copy of the new release CD from Cajun/Honky Tonk band Sarah Savoy's Hell-Raising Hayride, (still untitled and currently in production.... that's the surprise part.) One copy of the 2018 Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar also included

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    5 Accordion Babes 2018 Calendars

    Help spread the good word to your friends and family that accordion is still here and it's very very sexy. Order five copies and get a great rate.

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    Kitten on the Keys Fan Package

    A dream come true for true Kitten Fans... this package comes with Kitten's most recent piano album "Sputnik D'Amour", a signed 8x10" photo of Kitten, and a T-shirt featuring the logo: "Kitten on the Keys Loves the Birds and the Bees" in red or pink.

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    2018 Cover Babe Fan Package

    Meredith Pangrace is this year's cover babe and her band is called Maura Rogers and the Bellows. This fan package includes 2 CDs titled "In Light" and "Live at the Beachland Ballroom", a band T-shirt, stickers, and coasters.)

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    Accordion Babes Complete Set

    Collect the entire set of Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendars. Every edition comes with a CD so there are many hours of diverse accordion music with this reward. Comes with one copy each of the following calendars: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018

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    Accordion Club Ten-Calendar Special

    Inspired by our friends from the San Francisco Accordion Club, this is a way for members of an accordion-loving organization to save money by ordering their Accordion Babes calendars together.

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    Accordion Western Shirt by Sarah Savoy

    Made-to-order men's Western shirt with hand-embroidered accordions on the yokes by Cajun heart-throb accordion babe Sarah Savoy. Hand embroidery, machine sewing, 100% organic cotton for fabric, solid color choice (white, red, turquoise, beige) and accordions embroidered to match. Comes with one copy of the new CD by Sarah Savoy's Hell-Raising Hayride and a copy of the 2018 Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar.

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    Calendar Sponsorship

    One full-color ad or logo placement on the last page of the 2018 Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar, where the album credits are displayed. Artwork should be 65mm x 65mm 350dpi. Comes with 3 copies of the Accordion Babes 2018 calendar, and the ability to order more calendars at cost. Send email inquiry to accordionpinupcalendar@gmail.com for examples and pricing.

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    Jet Black Pearl Live Show in Portland

    Jet Black Pearl has generously agreed to donate one live concert within a 50-mile-radius of Portland , Oregon to the Accordion Babes Kickstarter campaign. She will bring you one copy of the 2018 Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar and is guaranteed to impress you with her live show. Jet is a multi-instrumentalist wonder, a great lyricist, and creates a big and layered sound using accordion, voice, flute, and rhythm to make music you will never forget.

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    2018 Cover Babe Live Show in Cleveland

    Meredith Pangrace is our beautiful 2018 cover babe... she is offering a live concert in the Cleveland area with her bandmate, singer/guitarist Maura Rogers of Maura Rogers and the Bellows. Venue must be within a 50 mile radius of Cleveland, Ohio in order to qualify. Meredith and Maura will bring you one copy of the Accordion Babes 2018 Pin-Up Calendar.

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    Accordion Babe live show in Hamburg

    Accordion Babe Renee de la Prade will perform a live concert within 50 mile radius of Hamburg, Germany. She will bring you one copy of the 2018 Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar.

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    Accordion Babes Music Video

    Accordion Babe-in-Chief Renee de la Prade will compose, record, and create a music video for a song on the topic or product of your choice.

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