The New Mexico Music Commission Hall of Fame

Here is our unofficial Hall of Fame, a tip of the hat, to our state’s chart topping award winning artists, extraordinary music educators, music organizations and businesses, as well as legendary figures in New Mexico’s vibrant and diverse folk music scene, namely Native American and traditional Spanish and New Mexican Music:

The Pueblo people of this region, now known as the state of New Mexico, are descendants of an indigenous Native American culture that established itself over many centuries, with Pueblo ruins dating back to the year 850, Chaco Canyon for example, and the Spanish arrived to the area as early as 1528; the first Spanish colony of San Juan de Los Caballeros was established in 1598. With this rich history comes an astounding lineage of indigenous folk music traditions unique to New Mexico. Many of our state’s traditional artists are considered national treasures and their music is archived in national audio and oral folk collections, such as The Smithsonian Institution.

New Mexico boasts artists of every musical style and genre, influential music educators, and world class music organizations.

In addition to the general criteria outlined above, those acknowledged in our unofficial Hall of Fame must have been born here in New Mexico or have established residence in the state at some point during their lives.

Recipients of the Governor’s Arts Awards, the Music Commission’s Platinum Music Award, and our Student Musician Spotlight series are included in our Hall of Fame but listed separately under their respective award.

Visit the links below to view our Hall of Famers.

  • Artists
    New Mexico Music Commission Hall of Fame ~ New Mexico Artists This category consists of singers, songwriters, bands, musicians, arrangers, conductors, sound engineers, etc. involved in the performance side of the state’s Music Industry. Currently there are approximately one hundred
  • Organizations
    New Mexico Music Commission Hall of Fame ~ Organizations This category consists of businesses, organizations, and programs that have made a major contribution to the state’s Music Industry. Please check back often as we continue to build this section of
  • Educators
      New Mexico Music Commission ~ Educators This category consists of music educators who have made a significant contribution to the state’s Music Industry. Please check back often as we continue to build this section of our new and improved