Welcome to the New Mexico Music Commission.

new NMMC logo
Our new logo, April 2015

The Commission is made up of a diverse cross-section of New Mexico citizens who represent all facets of our musical community; education, performance, presenting, recording, and support services. As is benefiting New Mexico, the Commission embraces and reflects all of the musical genres that grace our state’s multicultural tableau.


The Commission was initially created in April 2005 by executive order. It was codified into state statute in 2009 by the New Mexico Legislature under a bill introduced by Albuquerque Representative Al Park, after passing unanimously in both the House and Senate.

Music Commission Act, Sections 18-16-1 through 18-16-4 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 2009, Chapter 13, Sections 1 through 4).


To protect, promote, and preserve the musical traditions of New Mexico, to foster appreciation of the value of music, and to encourage the educational, creative and professional musical activities of the residents of New Mexico.


The Music Commission works throughout the state and with other state agencies, like the Tourism and Film Departments, to promote the many New Mexico musical traditions spanning from the ancient melodies of New Mexico’s Native nations, tribes, and pueblos, to opera and symphony, to chart topping current hits of New Mexico residents.

The Commission is administratively attached to New Mexico Arts, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.


The Music Commission held six public meetings per calendar year until November 2016, at which time they elected to reduce to five public meetings per calendar year. The purpose of the reduction in meetings is due to the Commission’s Strategic Plan (adopted January 2016), which is organized by six committees each chaired by a Music Commissioner. Visit Strategic Plans for details. The Commissions Meeting dates, times, and locations are posted on the Music Commission events calendar and are available in printable (.pdf) format. Meeting locations alternate between Santa Fe and Albuquerque and are open to the public.

Meeting Agendas

Below are links to the Music Commission’s meeting agendas:

2017  Jan Mar |  May  |  Jul  |  Nov

2016  Jan  |  Mar  |  May  |  Jul |  Sep  |  Nov

2015  Jan  |  Mar  |  May  |  Jul |  Sep  |  Nov

Official Meeting Notes

Below are links to the Music Commission’s official meeting notes:

2017   Jan  |  Mar  |  May  |  Jul  |  Nov

2016   Jan  |  Mar  |  May  |  Jul |  Sep  |  Nov

2015  Jan  |  Mar  |  May  |  Jul  |  Sep  |  Nov

A quorum of Commissioners must be reached in order to enter meeting notes into official record. Quorum was not reached in March 2016, September 2016, January 2015, and September 2015 – as such, official meetings notes are not available for those dates.

Executive Director Statement

Loie with Senator and Mrs. Udall.

Our Governor-appointed Music Commission led by Interim Chair Dan Stoddard of Rio Rancho is dedicated to promoting New Mexico musicians and New Mexico music, which many rightly say is the heart of the Land of Enchantment. The Music Commission celebrates all genres of music and helps connect our multi-talented musicians. Music education is critically important to our children and their future success. Our music industry is a major driver of the creative economy in New Mexico and an important tourism draw. It is fitting that the state that was instrumental in the formative era of Rock and Roll – Buddy Holly was among the musicians to record at the Norman Petty studio in Clovis – once again is front and center in the music world.

~ Loie Fecteau, Executive Director of New Mexico Arts

Learn More

  • Music Commissioners
    About the Music Commissioners The New Mexico Music Commission (NMMC) is an advisory body administratively attached to New Mexico Arts, the State Arts agency and a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. The commission has fifteen members appointed by
  • Contact Staff
    Thomas Goodrich, Music Commission Administrator Education BME, Music Education, 1985 Ohio State University MM, Viola Performance, 1990 Mannes College of Music Music Background Director of Orchestras: Denver School of the Arts, La Cueva High School, among others Conductor: Albuquerque Youth
  • Projects
    New Mexico Music Commission Key Projects In 2009, the legislature approved a bill making the commission a permanent part of state government in New Mexico. As of November 2016, there is a part-time staff of one and ten Governor-appointed volunteer
  • Strategic Plans
    New Mexico Music Commission Strategic Plans Executive Summary The 2016-2018 Strategic Plan was unanimously adopted by the New Mexico Music Commission at their January 11, 2016 public meeting in Santa Fe. The purpose of the plan is to advance, in
  • Statutes
    Music Commission Act 18-16-1. Short title. This act may be cited as the “Music Commission Act”. History: Laws 2009, ch. 13, § 1. 18-16-2. Definitions. As used in the Music Commission Act: “commission” means the music commission; “department” means the
  • Bylaws
    New Mexico Music Commission Bylaws and Rules of Procedure These Bylaws and Rules of Procedure are promulgated and adopted in accordance with the power and authority of the New Mexico Music Commission as provided by 2011 NMSA 1978 18-16-1 through