Welcome to the New Mexico Music Commission.

NMMC logo adopted 2015

The New Mexico Music Commission (NMMC) consists of a cross-section of New Mexico citizens representing all facets of our state’s unique and diverse music industry. As is befitting of New Mexico, the commission embraces and reflects all musical genres gracing our state’s multicultural tableau.


2005 The New Mexico Music Commission was created by Executive Order of Governor Bill Richardson. Richardson appointed Lee Berk chair, Nancy Laflin executive director, and appropriated a commission budget of approximately $175,000, which included Ms. Laflin’s salary and benefits package. The executive order administratively attached the Commission to New Mexico Arts, the State Arts agency, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.

2009 The commission was codified into state law by the New Mexico legislature under a bill introduced by Albuquerque Representative Al Park, after passing unanimously in both the House and Senate. Known as the Music Commission Act (Sections 18-16-1 through 18-16-4 NMSA 1978, being Laws 2009, Chapter 13, Sections 1 through 4). A partner bill to procure a permanent budget and executive director position for the commission was not initiated.

2012 The commission’s budget and executive director position expired at the end of Governor Richardson’s term. The New Mexico Music Commission Foundation was created by commission chair Lee Berk and David Schwartz (the foundation’s inaugural president) to garner private sector support for commission initiatives in an effort to offset the loss of state funding.

2014 The Legislature allocated funding for a part-time music commission administrator.

2020 Governor Lujan Grisham appointed 12 new commissioners, reappointed 1 commissioner, and appointed Carlos Medina as commission chair.

2021 Governor Lujan Grisham appointed the commission’s 15th commissioner, marking the first time in over a decade the music commission is fully seated.


Commission Chair

  • 2005-2013 Lee Berk appointed by Governor Richardson
  • 2013-2016 David Schwartz appointed by Governor Martinez
  • 2016-2017 Dan Stoddard Vice Chair / Acting Chair elected by commissioners
  • 2017-2020 Melissa Sanchez Vice Chair / Acting Chair elected by commissioners
  • 2020-present Carlos Medina appointed by Governor Lujan Grisham

Commission Staff


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.

Public Meetings

Music Commission’s bylaws mandate commissioners hold a minimum of four public meetings per calendar year. Meetings are open to the public and admission is free.

Meeting Location

Public meetings take place at the Menaul School, in the Old Brick Building board room. The board room has a direct outdoor entrance which is located on the east side of the building. The school’s address is 301 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107. Check-in with security at the front gate is required prior to entering the campus. Click here to view a map of the Menaul Campus. The Old Brick building is #5 on the map and the entrance to the board room is marked with a blue star.

During COVID-19 health restrictions, public meetings take place by Zoom.

2022 Meetings

11 January     12 April     12 July     11 October

All meetings commence the second Tuesday of the month from 1pm to 3pm mountain time.

Meeting Agendas

2022     January     April     July     October

2021     January     April     July     October

2020     February(1)     May(2)     August(2)     November

2019     February     April     June(1)     August     November(1)

2018     February     April     June     August     November

2017     January     March     May      July     November

2016     January     March     May     July     September     November

2015     January     March     May     July     September     November

Meeting Minutes

2022     January     April     July     October

2021     January     April     July     October

2020     February(1)     May(2)     August(2)     November

2019     February(1)     April(1)     June(1)     August(1)     November(1)

2018     February     April     June     August     November(1)

2017     January     March(1)     May     July     November

2016     January     March(1)     May     July     September(1)     November

2015     January(1)     March     May     July     September(1)     November

(1) A quorum of commissioners was not achieved.

(2) Cancelled due to COVID-19 health orders.

Learn More

  • Music Commissioners
    About the Music Commissioners Music Commissioners are experts and leaders in New Mexico’s music industry. Cumulatively, they bring hundreds of years of music industry experience and expertise, spanning multiple disciplines and genres, to the table. They are unpaid volunteers serving
  • Commission Staff
    Commission Administrator Thomas Goodrich Music Background Over 35 years’ experience in the music industry. Highlights include: Musician: San Juan Symphony; Santa Fe Symphony; New York Chamber Ensemble; Bronx Opera Orchestra; Opera Northeast; Meadowmount; Breckenridge Music Institute Conductor: Albuquerque Youth Symphony
  • Key Projects
    New Mexico Music Commission Key Projects Since its inception in 2005, the Music Commission has undertaken a number of significant projects: 2021 Launch of the commission’s COVID-19 vaccination PSA project. Commissioners Tracey Whitney and Buddy Abeyta, Chair of the production
  • Strategic Plan
    New Mexico Music Commission Strategic Plan The commission is in the research and planning stages of its new three-year strategic plan. Mission The New Mexico Music Commission is charged by the governor and legislature through The Music Commission Act to
  • Statute
    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