For more than eight years, the Long Island / New York City area was home to a small record label called Mountain. Originally, Chris Jensen, who put out fourteen releases, ran the label alone. At the end of 1997, he decided that the manner in which Mountain had been operating ran counter to his beliefs in community and cooperation. So, he made a flyer, which was mostly distributed locally, and got some interest. There were a few planning meetings, and at the beginning of 1998 "The Mountain Cooperative" was formed, a modified version of the old label. MTN still had the same basic ethics and goals, with an additional hope: to make the MTN CO-OP into a community-run label with radical economics that go with our radical ideals. This evolution took another step when, in the fall of 2000, Mountain began the process of becoming a legal non-profit corporation. By making MTN into a business run for the express purpose of community service, with no allowance for personal financial gain, Mountain moves even further from the slippery slope of entrepreneurial-model capitalism and commodified art.
The Mountain C.I.A. is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting art made for community and not commodity, motivated by passion and not profit. Our philosophy is rooted in the ideals of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) punk rock production, which was made "official" by aquiring non-profit status.