It’s art-recruitment time for the 2020 Accordion Babes Calendar. The theme will either be: “Women of the Future” or “An Instrument Beyond Time.”
The theme will remain flexible until all the artwork comes in; so feel free to riff off of either theme for your own photo-shoot…or ignore the theme and just take a sexy picture with your accordion!
The projected deadlines and dates for the 2020 calendar are:
MARCH 31 → Art deadline for photos and songs APRIL 15 – MAY 15 → Fundraiser period JUNE 1 → Print date… in Prague? Or in California? Stay tuned for updates on our print location.
To find out more about the requirements for making an Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar Art Submission, please read the information on the Participate page. Be sure and read the updated photo guidelines.
If you still have questions, please use the email button on our website to send a message.
If you know of an artist who is perfect for our calendar/CD combo package, please send them a link to our website!
The artwork has been compiled for the 2019 Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar, and we have launched an Indiegogo fundraiser to raise the money for printing. Please pre-order a copy using the link above if you have the means, and help spread the word even if you’re broke! The collected 2019 artwork has been uploaded to the fundraiser page; so all you curious Georges and Janes can click on the link above if you want to see the new sexy accordion photos! Here is the new cover, featuring aerialist/accordionist Erica Mancini as the Cover Babe:
The cast of the 2019 Accordion Babes Album & Pin-Up Calendar includes: Onah Indigo (USA), Sapo (Canada), Guro von Germeten (Norway), Charlotte Bessard (France), Molly Kennedy (USA), Ann Savoy (USA), Susan Hwang (USA), Squeezebox Rosie (U.K.), Anitta (Finland), Renee de la Prade (USA/Germany), Sarah Savoy (USA, France), Adriana Sanchez (Brazil), and Erica Mancini (USA). Each 12-month calendar comes with a CD of accordion music, one song from each Babe. (13 songs total). The music ranges from electronic to jazz and folk, rock, blues, ska and more.
Well, the 2018 Accordion Babes Calendar production was a roller-coaster ride, and also a great success. We produced one of the most beautiful calendars we’ve ever made, raised over $8,000 for the project via Kickstarter at the last minute, and once again created a CD which proves that our beloved accordions are fun, beautiful, valid voices in a world which needs all the love and inspiration it can get. Then we sold out in about 5 weeks… lordy… who else sells 1,000 accordion compilation CDs in a few weeks? The Accordion Babes (and our talented photographers) are the only folks in the world who’ve managed to do this for nine years running as far as I know. But that last-minute fundraiser and printing ride is scary and that’s NOT the plan for 2019!
It’s Valentine’s Day, a day which is fun for so many, and depressing for the folks who have to deal with loneliness in the face of the massive billion-dollar ad campaigns celebrating couples. Today I’m celebrating the fact that accordion and music-making are my first loves, they are my passions which will never fade or die. The Accordion Babes project is my third love… it has brought so many beautiful, intelligent, talented and passionate female artists into my life. We’ve managed to convey sexiness without exploitation, by celebrating many different kinds of bodies, by always producing a top-quality CD to prove that talent really matters, that brains and attitude and high-level production contribute to sexiness way more than surgery and fad diets ever will. We see the sexiness in older, confident women, also young vagabonds, we see the beauty of bigger and smaller women, tall and short, curvy, muscular, pale or dark or in-between… we think women with accordions are hot and our mission is to share this idea with the world.
Do you know a woman who loves the accordion with all her heart? Does she record her own songs, is she brave enough to put her body in front of the camera in a sexy way? Does she have a music career she wants to promote with our help? If yes, (or if that’s YOU), please save the date:
May 29th 2018: ART SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR THE 2019 ACCORDION BABES CALENDAR
This year we want to do the fundraiser and pre-sales during June which is Accordion Awareness Month in the USA. This way we can go to print with the 2019 edition no later than July and have a shot at distributing properly in bookstores and festivals. I’ll be on the net over the next 3 months, sending reminders and information to all the sexy accordionists I can think of. Will you help me spread the word? We need 12 artists with photos and songs for next year’s edition. Please let them know about this website, or have them send an email to [email protected]
Yours truly, Miss February 2018 (and calendar editor),
Renée de la Prade
Renée de la Prade, based in Hamburg, Germany and Oakland, California, USA. squeezeboxgoddess.com
The 2018 Accordion Babes Calendar is currently shipping. We can guarantee Christmas delivery for all orders received by DECEMBER 16th.
All orders received after that date will end up being shipped after our holiday break so order soon if you’re buying presents.
This year we have printed a short run of 1,000 copies, another reason to order soon. Oh, and of course, the new year is coming… do you have your Accordion Babes on the wall yet?
The Accordion Babes 2018 compilation CD features a fun range of music, from rock and pop to Cajun, Fado, polka, and other eclectic styles, with a lot of great grooves; proving once again that the accordion is sexy.
The Accordion Babes 2018 Kickstarter campaign was successful and we are going to print. The 2018 Pin-Up Gallery is ready for viewing on our website, if you find yourself wondering, “How sexy is 2018 going to be?”, then you can use our website to answer the question.
Thanks to all our sponsors and supporters for helping us to reach our goal. You can now pre-order copies from the site. 2018 calendars will ship in mid-December… A tad late for Christmas presents but in good time for the new year.
Our fundraising campaign launched on Sunday October 8th and ends on October 25th. In just one day we are one-quarter funded… wow! This is a an exciting start and we hope the trend continues so that we can get to press. We need a total of $8,000 to get to print and to mail out the first batch of orders to various countries. The Accordion Babes 2018 cast includes artists from the USA, Canada, Germany, France, and Portugal, and it’s a particularly fun year in terms of how the photos came out.
We’ll post little updates along the way… for now the best way to see what the 2018 Accordion Babes look like, and to help us get to print, is to check out the Kickstarter link by clicking the picture below: