About the Music Commissioners

Platinum Achievement Award Presentation
Music Commissioners presenting the Platinum Achievement Award at the FantaSe Fest, June 2015.

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 the Governor. Commissioners are unpaid volunteers serving three-year terms renewable at the Governor’s discretion.

Commission Duties

The duties of the New Mexico Music Commission, as outlined in the Statutes and Bylaws set forth the state Legislature, are as follows:

  • Advise New Mexico Arts, the Department of Cultural Affairs, other state agencies, and the Governor concerning the protection, promotion and preservation of music and the music industry in New Mexico;
  • Advise New Mexico Arts on music-related policies;
  • Advise and assist public agencies in elevating the role of music in New Mexico;
  • Foster appreciation of the value of music;
  • Make New Mexico a music destination for both visitors and music professionals;
  • Encourage the educational, creative and professional musical activities of the residents of New Mexico and attract outstanding musicians to New Mexico through appropriate programs of publicity, education and coordination and through direct activities, such as sponsorship of music;
  • Protect, promote and preserve the musical traditions of New Mexico; and
  • Accept on behalf of the state donations of money, property and other things of value as, in New Mexico Arts discretion, are suitable and will best further the aims of the Music Commission Act.

Apply to be a Commissioner

There are currently seven openings on the Music Commission. If you are interested in serving as a Music Commissioner, apply here through the Governor’s Web site.

Meet the Commissioners

Cumulatively, the music commissioners bring decades of music industry experience and expertise spanning multiple disciplines and genres to the table. Click the links below to learn more about each music commissioner: