(added 1/11/14) The initial goal of $6700 has been reached, and Barbara Cox is, for the time being, out of harm's way, which is a huge relief. However, I would like to use the remaining days of the campaign to raise additional money that can be placed in an emergency fund account for her, to prevent her from having to go through this ever again. Your continued giving and sharing is much appreciated. Barbara and I cannot express our gratitude enough. We have both been deeply moved by your generosity.
I am writing you to ask for your help, urgently, with something that is very important to me. As many of you know, I recently started a record label (http://180-proof.com/) that is gradually releasing the entire catalog of Strata Records, a Jazz label, broadly speaking, founded in Detroit in the late 60s, and active through the 70s. This catalog contains many (mostly, in fact) unreleased gems. And the few titles that were originally released were not done so in great quantity or quality, due to lack of funds. My mission is to give this great music the meticulous and respectful treatment it deserves.
This journey began when I had the pleasure of meeting Barbara Cox, the woman who owns Strata records, and the widow of its founder, Kenny Cox, in her home in Detroit in 2011. She agreed to give me the exclusive rights to release the Strata catalog. But now, sadly, Barbara is in imminent danger of losing her home (and unreleased Strata catalog master tapes, which she still owns, with it) if she doesn't come up with $6700 in real estate taxes by January 20th. She's 75 years old and living on Social Security. If she loses her house it would be not only a personal tragedy for her, but a great loss for music and the cultural history of Black America.
Strata was much more than a record label. It was a grassroots culture and education collective in Detroit that has a rich legacy. Artists like Charles Mingus, Herbie Hancock, Elvin Jones, Weather Report and Chick Corea, all worked with Strata in some capacity. For more information on Strata see http://www.scioniqproject.com/guided-tours/strata
I have released three Strata titles on my label so far. But the money I have been able to raise from that for Barbara is not sufficient to cover these expenses. So I am reaching out to you, my friends, fellow lovers of Jazz, record collectors, musicians, djs, and good people in general who I hope can help me to help a friend in need, and preserve important music and history at the same time.
All money raised will go to Barbara Cox. Any amount over the goal of $6700 will be used to protect her (and the Strata masters) from this happening again in the future. Please give whatever you can afford. No amount is too small (or too big!). Please also help out by spreading this however you can. There is a link for sharing, and embed code, above.
Amir Abdullah(the picture of Barbara is from 1978)