Welcome to the New Mexico Music Commission.

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Our logo adopted April 2015

The New Mexico Music Commission (NMMC) consists of a diverse 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 (Governor of New Mexico 2003-2011). 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).

2012 The commission’s executive director position and budget expired. The New Mexico Music Commission Foundation was created by 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.

2015 Governor Martinez approved the creation of a half time commission administrator position with funding allocated by the legislature.

2020 The commission remains without state funding and an executive director since 2011 and without a governor-appointed chair since November 2016.

Commission Chair

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

The Commission’s statute requires a minimum of four public meetings per year. Meeting locations alternate between Santa Fe and Albuquerque and are open to the public.

Meeting Agendas

2020     February(2)     May(3)     August(3)     November

2019     February     April     June(2)     August     November(2)

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 Notes

2020     February(2)     May(3)     August(3)     November

2019     February(1) April(1)     June(2)     August(1)     November(2)

2018     February     April     June     August     November

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) Commissioners were unable to conduct business due to lack of quorum. As a result, official meeting notes were not recorded.

(2) Meeting cancelled due to lack of quorum among commissioners.

(3) Meeting cancelled due to the COVID-19 health directive.

Learn More

  • Music Commissioners
    About the Music Commissioners As of March 2020, the commission consists of six music commissioners and one part-time administrator. Only one of the six commissioners currently serves on an active appointment from the governor. Commissioners are unpaid volunteers serving two
  • Commission Staff
    Thomas Goodrich, Music Commission Administrator (half-time) Education BME, Music Education Ohio State University MM, Viola Performance Mannes School of Music Music Background Over thirty years experience in the music industry. Highlights include: Classroom Instruction Albuquerque Public Schools (Itinerant instructor primarily
  • Projects
    New Mexico Music Commission Key Projects Since its inception in 2005, the Music Commission has undertaken a number of significant projects: 2019 Launch of the third annual Platinum Music Awards. Nominations were accepted from the public February 1 to March
  • Strategic Plan
    New Mexico Music Commission Strategic Plan The commission’s strategic plan expired December 31, 2018. Commissioners elected to table developing a new plan until the commission is fully staffed at fifteen members (nine seats remain open as of December 2019) and
  • 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