Who Are New Mexico’s Musical Heroes?

From January 1 until February 15 you will have a chance to nominate the people and organizations that have made major contributions to the musical arts of New Mexico.

Five Honorees will be celebrated on July 21 at the Lensic, in Santa Fe.

The Platinum Music Awards celebrate the lifetime achievement of New Mexico’s music heroes and icons. The Awards are an evolution of the New Mexico Music Commission’s Platinum Achievement Awards—given to musicians, music supporters, and music organizations or businesses that have demonstrated the highest level of achievement and have contributed significantly to the musical culture of New Mexico. The Awards are also a benefit for the Solace Crisis Treatment Center and the New Mexico Music Commission.

Eligibility

Musicians, individuals, or organizations that have made significant and outstanding contributions to the music industry are eligible to receive the award. This includes musicians from any musical genre, music educators, advocates, or patrons who were born in New Mexico or have established residence in the state at some point in their life; and/or music-related businesses, nonprofits, and foundations.

An individual is ineligible to receive a Platinum Award if they are: a candidate for or currently serving public office, a New Mexico Music Commissioner, an employee of the Department of Cultural Affairs, or related to a member of these organizations.

Guidelines

The following materials are required with each nomination:

  1. A completed nomination form.
  2. A brief statement that includes: the nominee’s contributions to NM’s music industry, your relationship to the nominee, and why the nominee merits receiving the award.
  3. Three samples of the nominees work, such as: publications, reviews, articles, previous awards received, web sites or social media, and musicians only: live performances, official music videos, or studio recordings.
  4. Three letters of support from people familiar with the nominee’s work, such as colleagues, students, mentors, etc. We’ve provided a sample of a letter of support to give you an idea of what we’re looking for.

Click here to nominate.

Awards Timeline

January         Nominations sought: January 1 to February 15, 2017, noon

February      Nominations juried by a distinguished panel selected by the Music Commission

March            Public announcement of awardees: March 15, 2017

July                 Awards ceremony: July 21, 2017 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe

Recipients

Below is a list of Platinum Music Award winners.

2015: Jerry Lopez

2014: Bumblebee Bob Weil; Herb Jeffries

2013: Kenneth Broad

For More Information

www.platinummusicawards.org

Awards Ceremony

The New Mexico Music Commission Foundation will launch the Platinum Music Awards on Friday, July 21, 2017, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, in Santa Fe. In addition to honoring five major music figures, some of New Mexico’s best and most diverse musical talent will perform in this unique musical variety show.

The Platinum Music Awards are an evolution of the New Mexico Music Commission’s Platinum Achievement Awards—given to musicians, music supporters, and music organizations or businesses that have demonstrated the highest level of achievement and have contributed significantly to the musical culture of New Mexico. This evolution of the Platinum’s brings a new high-profile event to New Mexico, and shows overdue respect and appreciation to our state’s pioneering musical artists.

Ticket Information

Contact the Lensic Performing Arts Center at 505-988-1234.

This event is sponsored in part by:

The Platinum Music Awards is a fundraiser for Solace Crisis Treatment Center and the New Mexico Music Commission.
2017 Platinum Music Awards: Call for Nominations