Accent

is creating a Full-Length Christmas Album!

156

patrons

$1,897

per month
From April through July 2019, our Patreon page will be focused on supporting the production of an exciting full-length Christmas album. Learn all about it below and check out the reward tiers for some exciting ways to get involved!

--

** SPECIAL OFFER FOR THOSE WHO READ TO THE END **

Hello, world!

We are incredibly excited to announce that we will be releasing a full-length Christmas album in 2019. Why are we announcing this so early, you ask?

First of all, it is our most ambitious recording project to date, which means starting early is essential. It’s ambitious for very good reasons: We will be collaborating with some absolute giants of the music industry, including Arturo Sandoval, Jorge Calandrelli, Nan Schwartz, Gordon Goodwin and his Big Phat Band, Al Schmitt, Estonian Voices, Elliot Deutsch, George Shelby and more! As you might guess from that list, this album will include a cappella performances as well as orchestral and big band arrangements to accompany our vocals.

We’ll bring you a fresh take on some holiday classics in addition to some original Accent songs. Something for everyone!

The other reason we’re announcing this now is because YOU can be a part of it! You may have supported an album by a musician or band in the past using sites like GoFundMe, Kickstarter and PledgeMusic. We’re approaching it a little differently. For a few years, we have engaged our followers on Patreon as a way of rewarding and interacting with them in exchange for their support of our music. To support this album, we will give our Patreon site a complete makeover. It will become a place where you can interact with us throughout the entire production process. The campaign will run from APRIL THROUGH JULY (4 months), during which we’ll be posting behind-the-scenes videos, snippets of demos and scores, livestreams of our rehearsals and really whatever else we think is interesting to share along the way.

The great thing about Patreon is that instead of making a one-time pledge as a simple album preorder, you can pledge each month during the campaign to stay in the loop about everything that’s going on. It’s completely up to you as to how much you pledge or how many months you keep pledging. You can pledge $5 for one month and then cancel if you want—and we will be so grateful for your pledge! But the more you pledge and the longer yu pledge, the more access you will have and the bigger rewards you will get. Check out what we are offering below.

THE MONTHLY PLEDGE TIERS
  • $5/month: Basic updates about the project
  • $10/month: More behind-the-scenes updates and access to interactive livestreams about the process
  • $20/month: Everything above plus sneak previews of the recordings including demos, early mixes, a peek at the scores and more
  • $50/month: Everything above plus a special package that includes memorabilia from guest artists on the album*
* A variety of packages (including signed CDs, books and scores) are available and you can choose the one you like. However, each one is unique and limited so you have to act fast! Your package is guaranteed even if you change your pledge amount after one month.

After the 4-month campaign is over, we will add up the total amount of your pledges and you get the following bonuses!

  • $10 total pledged: Digital copy of the album
  • $20 total pledged: Physical CD
  • $40 total pledged: Autographed CD
  • $80 total pledged: Autographed CD and a special thanks with your name printed in the liner notes
  • $100 total pledged: Autographed CD, name in the liner notes and a personalized video thank you
  • $150 total pledged: Autographed CD, name in the liner notes and a 30-minute Skype lesson with at least one Accent member
  • $200 total pledged: Autographed CD, a special producer credit in the liner notes and we will harmonize a 10-second video you send us! It could be you singing, playing an instrument, talking, whatever floats your boat. One or more Accent members will contribute and we’ll post the finished video!

DONATION TO CHARITY
This project is also attached to a personal story and charitable component. A few years ago, we met famed composer/arranger/conductor Patrick Williams and had set out to work on an album together. Sadly, Pat passed away of cancer this past summer and we never got to work together. Below our message is a personal note from Pat’s longtime friend and colleague, Dave Black, who will be acting as executive producer on this project. With Dave’s help, we have teamed up with an organization called Musicians at Play for which Pat was on the advisory board for many years. Musicians at Play has a meaningful mission to give back to the music community through a variety of efforts, including the Pat Williams Scholarship Fund. In Pat’s memory, we will donate 10% of your pledges during the album campaign months as well as 10% of album sales for 2 years to Musicians at Play. We hope this charitable goal will be in your mind as you consider pledging—it would mean a lot to us, to Musicians at Play and to Pat’s family and friends.

** SPECIAL OFFER! **
And here’s the special offer we promised for reading to the end. If you join as a new patron at the $10 tier WITHIN THE FIRST MONTH (April), not only will you be guaranteed the new album when it’s released, but we will also send you ALL 3 of our previous albums ABSOLUTELY FREE! But you have to pledge in the month of April…no exceptions! If you’re already a patron and you don’t have all our albums already, shoot us a message on Patreon and we’ll hook you up :)

So, there you have it. The Patreon album tiers are open NOW at www.patreon.com/Accent and ready for you to hop on board. If you have questions about how this works, shoot us an e-mail at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you. We hope this is a fun, engaging time for you AND us and we can’t wait for you to hear the finished product.

Thanks for your support!
JB, Simon, Danny, Andrew, James and Evan


Accent, Pat Williams (center) and Dave Black (right), 2016

--

Message from Dave Black:

I am honored to be the Executive Producer for this new album, and can’t think of a more talented or deserving group of young men to be working with.

As you can see from the information above, this is an album of many firsts for Accent:

  1. It’s their first to include instrumental and string arrangements.
  2. It’s their first to include major composers, arrangers and soloists.
  3. It’s their first Christmas album.
  4. It’s dedicated to Patrick Williams, who absolutely loved the group, and was very much looking forward to working with them.
  5. It’s their first experience working with a non-profit organization in which a percentage of album pledges and sales will go to the Pat Williams Scholarship Fund.
Because Christmas is the season of giving, we thank you for your continued support and look forward to paying your donations forward to help young musicians experience the joy of making music.


Tiers
Supporter
$1 or more per month
  • You just want to support us and we are forever grateful!
Champion
$5 or more per month
  • Basic updates about the album project
Partner
$10 or more per month
  • More behind-the-scenes album updates and access to interactive livestreams about the process
Sponsor
$20 or more per month
  • Everything above plus sneak previews of the recordings including demos, early mixes, a peek at scores, etc.
Top Class: Package Option 1
$50 or more per month (sold out!)

NO MORE LEFT! (Sometimes due to technical issues it might seem that there are some available, but this tier is full.) 


  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Jorge Calandrelli signed CD

Top Class: Package Option 2
$50 or more per month (sold out!)

NO MORE LEFT! (Sometimes due to technical issues it might seem that there are some available, but this tier is full.) 


  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Jorge Calandrelli signed score

Top Class: Package Option 3
$50 or more per month only 2 left
  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Nan Schwartz signed CD

Top Class: Package Option 4
$50 or more per month only 2 left
  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Elliot Deutsch signed CD

Top Class: Package Option 5
$50 or more per month (sold out!)

NO MORE LEFT! (Sometimes due to technical issues it might seem that there are some available, but this tier is full.) 


  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Elliot Deutsch signed score of "Pure Imagination" with full set of jazz band charts

Top Class: Package Option 6
$50 or more per month (sold out!)

NO MORE LEFT! (Sometimes due to technical issues it might seem that there are some available, but this tier is full.) 


  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Arturo Sandoval signed CD

Top Class: Package Option 7
$50 or more per month only 1 left
  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Set of 4 Pat Williams CDs (not signed)

Top Class: Package Option 8
$50 or more per month only 1 left
  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Pat Williams one page of original handwritten score

Top Class: Package Option 9
$50 or more per month (sold out!)

NO MORE LEFT! (Sometimes due to technical issues it might seem that there are some available, but this tier is full.) 


  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Set of full jazz band charts by Pat Williams (not signed)

Top Class: Package Option 10
$50 or more per month only 1 left
  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Set of 3 signed Gordon Goodwin CDs

Top Class: Package Option 11
$50 or more per month (sold out!)

NO MORE LEFT! (Sometimes due to technical issues it might seem that there are some available, but this tier is full.) 


  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Set of signed Gordon Goodwin jazz band charts

Top Class: Package Option 12
$50 or more per month (sold out!)

NO MORE LEFT! (Sometimes due to technical issues it might seem that there are some available, but this tier is full.) 


  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Set of 5 signed Gordon Goodwin/Phat Band play-along books

Top Class: Package Option 13
$50 or more per month (sold out!)

NO MORE LEFT! (Sometimes due to technical issues it might seem that there are some available, but this tier is full.) 


  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band book set, signed by Gordon and various band members (Jazz Duets for Saxophone, Ultimate Jazz Play-Along, The Music of Gordon Goodwin and Big Phat Jazz Piano Solos)

Top Class: Package Option 14
$50 or more per month (sold out!)

NO MORE LEFT! (Sometimes due to technical issues it might seem that there are some available, but this tier is full.)  


  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Wayne Bergeron signed "How to Play Lead Trumpet" DVD

Top Class: Package Option 15
$50 or more per month only 2 left
  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Eric Marienthal signed book

Top Class: Package Option 16
$50 or more per month only 2 left
  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Peter Erskine signed CD

Top Class: Package Option 17
$50 or more per month only 1 left
  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Peter Erskine signed copy of No Beethoven book

Top Class: Package Option 18
$50 or more per month only 1 left
  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Al Schmitt signed copy of On the Record book

From April through July 2019, our Patreon page will be focused on supporting the production of an exciting full-length Christmas album. Learn all about it below and check out the reward tiers for some exciting ways to get involved!

--

** SPECIAL OFFER FOR THOSE WHO READ TO THE END **

Hello, world!

We are incredibly excited to announce that we will be releasing a full-length Christmas album in 2019. Why are we announcing this so early, you ask?

First of all, it is our most ambitious recording project to date, which means starting early is essential. It’s ambitious for very good reasons: We will be collaborating with some absolute giants of the music industry, including Arturo Sandoval, Jorge Calandrelli, Nan Schwartz, Gordon Goodwin and his Big Phat Band, Al Schmitt, Estonian Voices, Elliot Deutsch, George Shelby and more! As you might guess from that list, this album will include a cappella performances as well as orchestral and big band arrangements to accompany our vocals.

We’ll bring you a fresh take on some holiday classics in addition to some original Accent songs. Something for everyone!

The other reason we’re announcing this now is because YOU can be a part of it! You may have supported an album by a musician or band in the past using sites like GoFundMe, Kickstarter and PledgeMusic. We’re approaching it a little differently. For a few years, we have engaged our followers on Patreon as a way of rewarding and interacting with them in exchange for their support of our music. To support this album, we will give our Patreon site a complete makeover. It will become a place where you can interact with us throughout the entire production process. The campaign will run from APRIL THROUGH JULY (4 months), during which we’ll be posting behind-the-scenes videos, snippets of demos and scores, livestreams of our rehearsals and really whatever else we think is interesting to share along the way.

The great thing about Patreon is that instead of making a one-time pledge as a simple album preorder, you can pledge each month during the campaign to stay in the loop about everything that’s going on. It’s completely up to you as to how much you pledge or how many months you keep pledging. You can pledge $5 for one month and then cancel if you want—and we will be so grateful for your pledge! But the more you pledge and the longer yu pledge, the more access you will have and the bigger rewards you will get. Check out what we are offering below.

THE MONTHLY PLEDGE TIERS
  • $5/month: Basic updates about the project
  • $10/month: More behind-the-scenes updates and access to interactive livestreams about the process
  • $20/month: Everything above plus sneak previews of the recordings including demos, early mixes, a peek at the scores and more
  • $50/month: Everything above plus a special package that includes memorabilia from guest artists on the album*
* A variety of packages (including signed CDs, books and scores) are available and you can choose the one you like. However, each one is unique and limited so you have to act fast! Your package is guaranteed even if you change your pledge amount after one month.

After the 4-month campaign is over, we will add up the total amount of your pledges and you get the following bonuses!

  • $10 total pledged: Digital copy of the album
  • $20 total pledged: Physical CD
  • $40 total pledged: Autographed CD
  • $80 total pledged: Autographed CD and a special thanks with your name printed in the liner notes
  • $100 total pledged: Autographed CD, name in the liner notes and a personalized video thank you
  • $150 total pledged: Autographed CD, name in the liner notes and a 30-minute Skype lesson with at least one Accent member
  • $200 total pledged: Autographed CD, a special producer credit in the liner notes and we will harmonize a 10-second video you send us! It could be you singing, playing an instrument, talking, whatever floats your boat. One or more Accent members will contribute and we’ll post the finished video!

DONATION TO CHARITY
This project is also attached to a personal story and charitable component. A few years ago, we met famed composer/arranger/conductor Patrick Williams and had set out to work on an album together. Sadly, Pat passed away of cancer this past summer and we never got to work together. Below our message is a personal note from Pat’s longtime friend and colleague, Dave Black, who will be acting as executive producer on this project. With Dave’s help, we have teamed up with an organization called Musicians at Play for which Pat was on the advisory board for many years. Musicians at Play has a meaningful mission to give back to the music community through a variety of efforts, including the Pat Williams Scholarship Fund. In Pat’s memory, we will donate 10% of your pledges during the album campaign months as well as 10% of album sales for 2 years to Musicians at Play. We hope this charitable goal will be in your mind as you consider pledging—it would mean a lot to us, to Musicians at Play and to Pat’s family and friends.

** SPECIAL OFFER! **
And here’s the special offer we promised for reading to the end. If you join as a new patron at the $10 tier WITHIN THE FIRST MONTH (April), not only will you be guaranteed the new album when it’s released, but we will also send you ALL 3 of our previous albums ABSOLUTELY FREE! But you have to pledge in the month of April…no exceptions! If you’re already a patron and you don’t have all our albums already, shoot us a message on Patreon and we’ll hook you up :)

So, there you have it. The Patreon album tiers are open NOW at www.patreon.com/Accent and ready for you to hop on board. If you have questions about how this works, shoot us an e-mail at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you. We hope this is a fun, engaging time for you AND us and we can’t wait for you to hear the finished product.

Thanks for your support!
JB, Simon, Danny, Andrew, James and Evan


Accent, Pat Williams (center) and Dave Black (right), 2016

--

Message from Dave Black:

I am honored to be the Executive Producer for this new album, and can’t think of a more talented or deserving group of young men to be working with.

As you can see from the information above, this is an album of many firsts for Accent:

  1. It’s their first to include instrumental and string arrangements.
  2. It’s their first to include major composers, arrangers and soloists.
  3. It’s their first Christmas album.
  4. It’s dedicated to Patrick Williams, who absolutely loved the group, and was very much looking forward to working with them.
  5. It’s their first experience working with a non-profit organization in which a percentage of album pledges and sales will go to the Pat Williams Scholarship Fund.
Because Christmas is the season of giving, we thank you for your continued support and look forward to paying your donations forward to help young musicians experience the joy of making music.


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Tiers
Supporter
$1 or more per month
  • You just want to support us and we are forever grateful!
Champion
$5 or more per month
  • Basic updates about the album project
Partner
$10 or more per month
  • More behind-the-scenes album updates and access to interactive livestreams about the process
Sponsor
$20 or more per month
  • Everything above plus sneak previews of the recordings including demos, early mixes, a peek at scores, etc.
Top Class: Package Option 1
$50 or more per month (sold out!)

NO MORE LEFT! (Sometimes due to technical issues it might seem that there are some available, but this tier is full.) 


  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Jorge Calandrelli signed CD

Top Class: Package Option 2
$50 or more per month (sold out!)

NO MORE LEFT! (Sometimes due to technical issues it might seem that there are some available, but this tier is full.) 


  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Jorge Calandrelli signed score

Top Class: Package Option 3
$50 or more per month only 2 left
  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Nan Schwartz signed CD

Top Class: Package Option 4
$50 or more per month only 2 left
  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Elliot Deutsch signed CD

Top Class: Package Option 5
$50 or more per month (sold out!)

NO MORE LEFT! (Sometimes due to technical issues it might seem that there are some available, but this tier is full.) 


  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Elliot Deutsch signed score of "Pure Imagination" with full set of jazz band charts

Top Class: Package Option 6
$50 or more per month (sold out!)

NO MORE LEFT! (Sometimes due to technical issues it might seem that there are some available, but this tier is full.) 


  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Arturo Sandoval signed CD

Top Class: Package Option 7
$50 or more per month only 1 left
  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Set of 4 Pat Williams CDs (not signed)

Top Class: Package Option 8
$50 or more per month only 1 left
  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Pat Williams one page of original handwritten score

Top Class: Package Option 9
$50 or more per month (sold out!)

NO MORE LEFT! (Sometimes due to technical issues it might seem that there are some available, but this tier is full.) 


  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Set of full jazz band charts by Pat Williams (not signed)

Top Class: Package Option 10
$50 or more per month only 1 left
  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Set of 3 signed Gordon Goodwin CDs

Top Class: Package Option 11
$50 or more per month (sold out!)

NO MORE LEFT! (Sometimes due to technical issues it might seem that there are some available, but this tier is full.) 


  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Set of signed Gordon Goodwin jazz band charts

Top Class: Package Option 12
$50 or more per month (sold out!)

NO MORE LEFT! (Sometimes due to technical issues it might seem that there are some available, but this tier is full.) 


  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Set of 5 signed Gordon Goodwin/Phat Band play-along books

Top Class: Package Option 13
$50 or more per month (sold out!)

NO MORE LEFT! (Sometimes due to technical issues it might seem that there are some available, but this tier is full.) 


  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band book set, signed by Gordon and various band members (Jazz Duets for Saxophone, Ultimate Jazz Play-Along, The Music of Gordon Goodwin and Big Phat Jazz Piano Solos)

Top Class: Package Option 14
$50 or more per month (sold out!)

NO MORE LEFT! (Sometimes due to technical issues it might seem that there are some available, but this tier is full.)  


  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Wayne Bergeron signed "How to Play Lead Trumpet" DVD

Top Class: Package Option 15
$50 or more per month only 2 left
  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Eric Marienthal signed book

Top Class: Package Option 16
$50 or more per month only 2 left
  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Peter Erskine signed CD

Top Class: Package Option 17
$50 or more per month only 1 left
  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Peter Erskine signed copy of No Beethoven book

Top Class: Package Option 18
$50 or more per month only 1 left
  • Everything above plus a special package that includes some signed memorabilia from guest artists on the album, etc. Note: This package is guaranteed even if you only pledge for one month.


Pledge for this tier to receive:

Al Schmitt signed copy of On the Record book