Welcome to the New Mexico Music Commission.

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Our logo, adopted April 2015

The commission is made up of a diverse cross-section of New Mexico citizens representing all facets of our state’s musical community; education, performance, production, 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 created April 15, 2005 by executive order of Governor Bill Richardson (Governor of New Mexico from 2003 to 2011). The commission was codified into state law 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, such as the Department of Tourism and the New Mexico Film Office at the Department of Economic Development, 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 holds five public meetings per calendar year, in accordance with the State’s Open Meetings Act. The Commission’s statute requires a minimum of four public meetings per year. 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:

2019     February     April     June*     August     November

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

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

2019     February*     April*     June*     August     November

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 business and enter meeting notes into official State record. Quorum was not reached for the months above listed in italics and, as a result, notes were not submitted into official public record for those meetings

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 consists of fifteen members appointed
  • Contact Staff
    Thomas Goodrich, Music Commission Administrator Education BME, Music Education Ohio State University MM, Viola Performance Mannes College of Music Music Background Over thirty years experience in the music industry. Highlights include: Educator Classroom Instruction Albuquerque Public Schools, Denver School of
  • 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 April 2019, 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
  • 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