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.

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

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

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 performing 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 Web