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.

The purpose of compiling our unofficial Hall of Fame is to promote New Mexico’s contribution to the state, national, and international music industry. Our list is frequently referenced by organizations in the film and tourism industries.

Eligibility

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

Suggest a Hall of Famer

If you would like to suggest an individual or organization for inclusion in our unofficial Hall of Fame, please contact us. In your email, tell us why you feel the person/organization you’re suggesting deserves inclusion in our unofficial Hall of Fame. Provide as much supporting detail as you are able, such as: bio, previous awards received, links to video and sound files, website, and social media. Keep in mind our unofficial Hall of Fame is not an award but is a general listing of New Mexican’s who have made a significant impact on the music industry beyond the state’s borders. Those included in our unofficial Hall of Fame will be listed in the Music Commission’s archives and featured on our Facebook page.

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

Visit the links below to view our unofficial 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
    Music 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 Web site.