There is an indiegogo campaign raising money to save the Strata Records master tapes.
Strata is a recording label from Detroit that was started in the late 1960s by Charles Moore and Kenny Cox. They ran a performance space that hosted artists such as Charles Mingus and Herbie Hancock, among others.
Other luminaries were also involved. John Lennon even donated a portable recording studio and a Hammond B3 organ to Strata. Strata used this equipment to record releases for their short-lived label.
Now, the Strata catalogue is being re-released by 180 Proof Records. Kenny Cox’s widow Barbara Cox has given the label exclusive rights, though the fate of those masters remains uncertain. Cox, 75 and living on Social Security, can’t afford to pay $6,700 in real estate taxes, and could end up surrendering her home along with her personal assets.
The campaign needs to raise the $6,700 by January 20th (they are already at $4,994).
Edit: As of 2PM January 10th the project has exceeded its goal, raising over $7,000.