Welcome to the New Mexico Music Commission.

new NMMC logo
Our logo, adopted 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 of Governor Bill Richardson. 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.

Public Meetings

The Music Commission held six public meetings, in accordance with the State’s Open Meetings Act, per calendar year until November 2016, at which time they voted to meet five times per year. The Commission’s statute requires a minimum of four public meetings per year. The purpose of the reduction in public meetings is in response to the Commission’s Strategic Plan (adopted January 2016), which organizes the commission into six subcommittees each chaired by a Music Commissioner (visit Strategic Plan for details). Each subcommittee is charged with working somewhat autonomously of the commission as a whole in order to execute the objectives of the strategic plan for which they are responsible. Public meeting dates, times, and locations are posted on the Music Commission’s events calendar. 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:

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

Official Meeting Notes

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

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

*Quorum must be reached at each public meeting in order for the commission to conduct official business and to enter meeting notes into official State record. Quorum was not reached for the months above listed in italics and, as such, no meeting notes are posted.

Executive Director Statement

Loie with Senator and Mrs. Udall.

Our Governor-appointed Music Commission 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, fully staffed, has fifteen members
  • Contact Staff
    Thomas Goodrich, Music Commission Administrator Education BME, Music Education Ohio State University MM, Viola Performance Mannes College of Music Music Background Director of Orchestras: Denver School of the Arts, La Cueva High School, among others Conductor: Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program,
  • Projects
    New Mexico Music Commission Key Projects The New Mexico Legislature approved a Bill making the Commission a permanent part of state government in 2009. As of September 2017, the Commission has eight Governor-appointed volunteer Music Commissioners and one half-time administrator.
  • Strategic Plan
    New Mexico Music Commission Strategic Plan 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
  • 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