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Other Minds Records
MS.414  
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Description
This collection contains the organizational records of Other Minds, a San Francisco-based contemporary music non-profit organization. The records primarily include business records and correspondence related to the annual Other Minds New Music Festival, other events, artists, publications, fundraising and development, radio broadcasts, and the work of Other Minds staff and Board of Directors. Also included are Executive and Artistic Director Charles Amirkhanian's administrative and planning files, original scores, artwork, photographs, marketing and press materials, programming publications, and assorted realia, as well as CDs, VHS, DAT, and audiocassettes related to the Other Minds festival, events, associated artists, and the Other Minds record label. Events and activities of the California College of Performing Arts (CCPA) and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music are also documented, mostly through Other Minds' Director Amirkhanian's involvement. Included in the Other Minds History of New Music Preservation and Access Project series are planning materials and project documentation, as well as the original open-reel audio tapes and selected digitized recordings of the tapes which were created as part of the project.
Background
The San Francisco based Other Minds organization is a non-profit institution supporting new and contemporary music since it was founded in 1993. The mission of the organization centers around the propagation of new and experimental music, primarily by living composers around the world. As part of this goal, the organization concerns itself with four primary efforts: live events, particularly the annual Other Minds Festivals accompanied by the Djerassi Artist Residency program, featuring primarily new music by living composers; the creation of recordings of new compositions by up and coming composers as well as previously unrecorded music of the recent past; radio broadcasts of new music and interviews with composers; and the archiving of materials inherited from the Bay Area radio broadcasts of KPFA (1960-1992). Other Minds was co-founded by Charles Amirkhanian, who continues to serve as Executive and Artistic Director as of 2018, and Jim Newman. Both individuals came to Other Minds with extensive experience producing new and experimental art, film, music and television projects.
Extent
399.75 Linear Feet (404 boxes, 15 framed and oversized items)
Restrictions
Property rights for this collection reside with the University of California. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. The publication or use of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use for research or educational purposes requires written permission from the copyright owner. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user. For more information on copyright or to order a reproduction, please visit guides.library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/reproduction-publication.
Availability
Collection is open for research. Audiovisual media is unavailable until reformatted. Digital files are available in the UCSC Special Collections and Archives reading room. Some files may require reformatting before they can be accessed. Technical limitations may hinder the Library's ability to provide access to some digital files. Access to digital files on original carriers is prohibited; users must request to view access copies. Contact Special Collections and Archives in advance to request access to audiovisual media and digital files.