The reason I say the Bay Area may have received less CIA funding is because of the role of KPFA, a far-left radio station that championed experimental music from it's founding until the 80s. However, the San Francisco Tape Music Centre got major funding from the Ford Foundation and their programme was covered in Life magazine, so I think I'm probably wrong and am projecting backwards from the area's declined and provincial reputation in the 90s.
By that time, KPFA decided that experimentalism wasn't compatible with leftism after all. All the record companies moved to Los Angeles.
@celesteh sounds super interesting. do you have a quotable source about this?
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