New Mexico Music Commission Key Projects

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The Flyin J Wranglers performing in the State Historic Sites concert series.

In 2009, the legislature approved a bill making the commission a permanent part of state government in New Mexico. As of November 2016, there is a part-time staff of one and ten Governor-appointed volunteer Music Commissioners. The Commission provides educational and economic development resources for musicians and music-related industries. Since its inception, the New Mexico Music Commission has undertaken a number of significant projects. Among them:

2017

  • Launch of the new Platinum Music Awards – award ceremony at the Lensic in Santa Fe, July 21, 2017.

2016

  • Approved a comprehensive three-year strategic plan for the Music Commission, seeking public input through its development process.
  • Approved the Platinum Music Awards (a lifetime achievement in music award) as an annual fundraiser and signature event for the Music Commission, with an awards ceremony to take place at the Lensic in Santa Fe. David Schwartz, NMMC Chair 2013-2016, returned to the Music Commission Foundation to head up fundraising and production for the annual event.
  • A two-year contract was signed to continue the State Historic Sites Concerts series begun in 2015. AMP Concerts and promoter Janey Potts won the public bid to promote the concerts. The concert series is a joint partnership between the New Mexico Music Commission, New Mexico Arts, the Department of Cultural Affairs, State Historic Sites, and AMP Concerts.
  • The NM Tour was initiated in partnership with New Mexico Arts, sponsoring New Mexico-based musicians performing at non-profit venues in rural New Mexico.
  • The Music Commission sponsored the La Cueva High School Camerata, under the direction of Rebecca Simons, at the Department of Cultural Affairs ‘Culture Day’ at the Roundhouse during the 2016 Legislative session.

2015

  • Partnered with AMP Concerts, State Historic Sites, the Department of Cultural Affairs, New Mexico Arts, and concert promoter Janey Potts to produce the State Historic Sites Concerts, featuring New Mexico musicians performing music historically relevant to each site. Music Commissioners David Schwartz, Rick Huff, and George Adelo served as emcee for each event and historic site staffers provided tours during intermission.
  • The music commission awarded singer Jerry Lopez the Platinum Achievement Award at the FantaSe Festival in deVargas Park. The Platinum Achievement Award is the state’s highest music recognition awarded to state musician’s or music supporters exhibiting a longstanding and high achieving service to the state’s music industry.
  • Produced one Art2Art event in conjunction with Warehouse21 featuring music by Casey Anderson and visual art by Gary Myers. Casey provided improvisational music on keyboard and Gary created a painting, as inspired by Casey’s music. Music Commission Chair, David Schwartz, hosted the event and led a Q&A with the audience after the performance. The evening was sponsored by Warehouse21, Artisan Santa Fe, and the New Mexico Music Commission Foundation. Gary’s painting will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting art education programming at Warehouse21. (Photos, below, courtesy of Ana Gallegos y Reinhardt of Warehouse21.)

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  • Endorsed Metropolitan Opera auditions in New Mexico. New Mexico will become the 42nd district in the United States to host auditions for the Metropolitan Opera starting in January 2016. The district will audition approximately 40 singers and finalist(s) will move up to regional auditions in Denver.
  • Created a new logo and branding for the music commission; created new Facebook and LinkedIn music commission accounts; overhauled the music commission Web site – the first significant upgrade to the site since its inception in 2005.

2014

  • Produced two Music Industry Mentoring Sessions for music majors at New Mexico School for the Arts. Panel included music commissioners and local music professionals.
  • Produced two Art2Art events featuring live music and visual art hosted by a Santa Fe art gallery. The first event was held at Garrett’s Desert Inn and featured music by Nacho Mendez and visual art by Linda Storm and Pablo Perea. The second event was held at Zane Bennett Gallery and featured music by Glen Neff and visual art by Brandee Caoba.
  • Herb Jeffries received a Platinum Achievement Award from the Music Commission at the Western Music Association conference in Albuquerque.
  • Platinum Achievement Award was presented to legendary jazz promoter Bumblebee Bob Weil at the Lensic Theatre in Santa Fe.

2013

  • Produced one Art2Art at Casweck Galleries in Santa Fe featuring visual artist Robbi Firestone and singer-songwriter Sean Healen.
  • Platinum Achievement Award presented to Kenneth Broad for his contributions to promoting and preserving the legacy of Buddy Holly through the Buddy Holly Museum in Clovis, New Mexico.

2010

  • Hosted the Music in Film Summit, in collaboration with NM Film Office and Lensic Performing Arts Center, educating New Mexicans about music in film.
  • Produced a television series called New Mexico Southwest Sounds. The series promotes New Mexico music and tourism. In 2010, it aired on PBS affiliate KRWG-TV and has also aired on ABC affiliate KOAT-TV, PBS affiliate KENW-TV, various hotels/motels, government television stations, public schools, YouTube and www.newmexicomusic.org. The series received a Telly Award in 2008 and again in 2009 for content and production.
  • Hosted a weekly radio show featuring musicians of all genres on KBAC radio in Santa Fe. The show was syndicated to radio stations throughout the state.

2009

  • Produced New Mexico Southwest Sounds television series.
  • Produced a documentary about New Mexico music legend Norman Petty, in collaboration with You and Me Productions. The documentary aired on all PBS affiliates throughout New Mexico and was used as pledge drive to raise money for public broadcasting. The documentary was distributed to PBS affiliates throughout the country.

2008

  • Hosted a GRAMMY conference with Lizzy Moore from the Recording Academy, teaching New Mexicans how to get involved.
  • Hosted Professors from the Berklee College of Music to teach New Mexicans about the process of film scoring during the NM Filmmakers Conference.

2007

  • Partnered with the State Fair to host a talent competition. Winners from several genres received studio recording time, equipment, photography, performances with the City of Albuquerque and other prizes.
  • Sponsored education and business panels with representatives from various professions in the music industry during the Hyperactive Music Festival.
  • Produced New Mexico Southwest Sounds television series.

2006

  • Hosted a meet and greet event introducing composers to filmmakers during the New Mexico Filmmakers Conference.
  • Sponsored an internship program with Fan Man Productions, teaching students technical aspects of the music business.
  • Partnered with NM Tourism Department and several record labels to hold a NM music showcase at SXSW in Austin, Texas

2005

  • Partnered with Music NM Style to collect CDs for New Mexico Troops.
  • Created an ever growing web site that serves as a free referral network listing musicians, employment / volunteer opportunities as well as businesses, associations and events and festivals.
  • Hosted Music in Film Summit, in conjunction with the City of Alb. Film and Music Offices, educating New Mexicans about music in film.