Obtain funding for performances in your community

New Mexico Arts and the New Mexico Music Commission have partnered to offer performance funding for New Mexico based non-profits and individuals involved in the state’s music industry. Below is a menu of funding resources. Each resource has its own unique requirements and eligibility, so be sure to visit the links for details.

Art2Art

Annual Budget: $2,000

Approximately 4 events per year, 1 each quarter, are funded through this program.

Art2Art promotes New Mexico-based musicians and visual artists in an “eduformance” setting. The artist and musician improvise in a collaborative performance in front of a live audience. Following the performance, the artists are interviewed on stage, delving into their process, inspiration, and technique. The audience is invited to ask questions following the interview. The work of visual art created during the performance is sold, with proceeds funding future Art2Art programming and the host venue. The New Mexico Music Commission provides the venue with a pre-packaged Art2Art program complete with musician, artist, emcee, script, and production notes that is fully modifiable to the venue’s needs. The venue may also suggest their own artists. Art2Art works well in concert settings, community spaces, entertainment at meetings, conferences, or workshops, and with students in an assembly or classroom.

Click here for more information or to inquire about booking an Art2Art event in your community.

NMTour

Annual Budget: $10,000

3-4 events per year are funded through this program.

NMTour promotes New Mexico-based musicians performing at non-profit venues in rural New Mexico communities. Rural, as defined by the Legislature, is a population of fewer than 25,000 residents. The New Mexico Music Commission provides the venue with a suggested list of New Mexico-based musicians to contract for the performance. The venue has the opportunity to select from the list or suggest their own New Mexico-based artist(s). Payment is made directly to the venue and may represent only partial payment to the musician. Event pricing should enhance participation. The venue is responsible for all other costs.

Click here to email Jenice Gharib, New Mexico Arts Grants Program & Policy Director/Community & Economic Development, for more information or to inquire about booking an NMTour event in your community. You may also call Jenice at (505) 827-6492.

State Funding

Annual Budget: Approximately $1,000,000

Grants range from $1,000 to $7,000. Roughly 190 organizations per year are funded through this program.

State Funding supports non-profit arts organizations and artists through annual grant funding. Of the $1,000,000 in annual funding, approximately 53% is awarded to music organizations throughout the state (with remaining funding supporting other art forms). The State Legislature requires 30%-35% of State Arts grant funding is allocated to rural communities. Rural, as defined by the Legislature, is a population of fewer than 25,000 residents. Federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, units of government, schools, colleges, universities, and Indian tribal government entities with offices in New Mexico are eligible to apply. New Mexico-based organizations wishing to apply that are not one of the above may enter into a fiscal sponsorship with a nonprofit organization. If using a Fiscal Agent, a formal agreement between the agent and the applicant is required.

Click here for more information or to apply for a New Mexico Arts grant.