Creative Music Foundation Launches First Crowd-Sourcing Campaign
Nonprofit Needs Funds to Digitize its Archive of Rare Recordings
Woodstock, NY, June 28, 2013 — The nonprofit Creative Music Foundation has launched its first crowd-sourcing campaign on Kickstarter.com, aiming to raise $4,000 to help produce compilation CD box sets comprised of music from the CMS Archive Project, over 400 concerts that took place at the Creative Music Studio between 1973 and 1984.
Some of the artists in the CMS Archive include: Jimmy Giuffre, Ed Blackwell, Don Cherry, Oliver Lake, Olu Dara, Colin Walcott and Cecil Taylor, as well as CMF co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso, among hundreds of others. CMF needs funds to help finish restoration, digitization and production on the first volume of 3-CD box sets, the Creative Music Studio Archive Project Series, which is being packaged and distributed by the American Composers Forum/Innova Recordings.
The Kickstarter ‘crowd sourcing’ campaign, http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1283522323/creative-music-studio-archive-restoration-project, will last 60 days, beginning June 28, 2013 and ending August 22, 2013. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
The CMS Archive Project has three goals:
1) to restore, preserve and digitize the tapes for posterity;
2) to return the re-mastered versions to the musicians who made them; and
3) to share the music with fans, musicians and scholars around the world by producing a series of 3-CD box sets,
the Creative Music Studio Archive Project Series.
The tapes are old and brittle; some are no longer playable. It’s a race against time because over time, the tapes deteriorate.
The sooner CMF can digitize and re-master them, then the risk of losing this historically and musically important archive will be minimized.
CMF is offering the following incentives to people who donate money on Kickstarter.com:
$25 Limited edition ‘surprise’ CD by a CMS guiding artist
$50 First edition of 3-CD box set
$100 Autographed first edition of 3-CD box set
$250 Donor’s name on the packaging as a member of the ‘producer’s circle’
The Creative Music Foundation has partnered with Columbia University’s Library to preserve the CMS Archive for posterity. CMF is giving Columbia the full archive of recorded tapes, along with memorabilia and photographs from the Creative Music Studio sessions. CMS co-founder Karl Berger and audio engineer (and former CMS participant) Ted Orr are going through each tape, digitizing and re-mastering them, a time consuming process that’s as much a labor of love as it is technical. The digitized, re-mastered recordings will be available at the Columbia University Library for scholars or others who want to enjoy and learn from them.
As part of its nonprofit mission, CMF is offering the Guiding Artists who made these rare recordings a digitized version for their unrestricted use. At the discretion of the Guiding Artists, selections of the re-mastered, digitized recordings will be made available in CD. These compilations will help raise money for the Creative Music Foundation and its music education programs.
CMF is partnering with American Composers Forum and its Innova recording label to release these compilation recordings. Each volume will feature three compact discs full of rare recordings divided into small ensemble, orchestral and world music performances.
Two volumes of 3 CDs each will be released annually, beginning in fall/winter 2013. The first edition of the box sets features the following artists:
SMALL ENSEMBLES: Ed Blackwell/Charles Brackeen; David Izenson, Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso, James Emery/Leroy Jenkins, Ursula Oppens/Fred Rziewski
ORCHESTRAL: Oliver Lake; Olu Dara; Roscoe Mitchell
WORLD: Foday Musa Suso, Nana Vasconcelos, Ismet Siral
More information about the CMS Archive Project can be found at: www.creativemusicfoundation.org/archive-project.html.
The Creative Music Foundation, a 501C(3) nonprofit corporation, makes it possible to profoundly experience and express our deep connection with the transforming energies of music, our universal language. CMF programs focus on the common elements of all music, emphasizing keen awareness, personal expression, intensive listening and cross-cultural communication, and providing unique opportunities for musicians, students and listeners from different backgrounds and traditions to explore together, share, develop, and broaden their musical understanding and sensitivity. CMF pursues its mission through workshops, residencies, coaching, concerts, recordings and archival projects that engage both listeners and musicians in the USA and around the world.