Rural County Outreach ~ Colfax and Taos Counties

Commissioner Frouge ~ Colfax and Taos Counties

Commissioner Tom Frouge produced a video presentation titled, “Musica de la Tierra: New Mexico History Through New Mexican Traditional Music”. The video premiered in schools in Colfax and Taos Counties during the fall semester of 2021. Commissioner Frouge provided this description:

In this approximately 42 minute presentation, State Historian and New Mexico musician Rob Martinez takes students on an historical journey around the Land of Enchantment through the traditional musics of New Mexico.  Mr. Martinez, who was a high school teacher, talks about our state’s history in an engaging and original way utilizing song, which he performs in the presentation, including inditas, alabados, corridos, and alabanzas. The program is geared towards middle and high school students.  Mr. Martinez not only grew up in New Mexico, but at an early age became a member of his father’s legendary group Los Reyes de Albuquerque, performing around the state, region and country. He continues to perform traditional New Mexican music with his group Sol y Sombra, and as State historian writes a monthly column for the Santa Fe New Mexican and offers virtual and in-person programs and outreach around New Mexico, including his original online series New Mexico History In 10 Minutes.

Here is a 30-second teaser for the video presentation:



Rural County Outreach ~ Eddy County

Commissioner McCarroll ~ Eddy County

Here is a picture from Commissioner Busy McCarroll‘s songwriting workshop on Zoom with choir students at Carlsbad High School in Eddy County December 9-10, 2021, presented in conjunction with the New Mexico Music Commission’s Rural County Outreach initiative.

All student images are used with written permission of parents/guardians.


Rural County Outreach ~ Roosevelt County

Commissioner Seifert ~ Roosevelt County

The Groove, a band of high school musicians from Curry and Roosevelt Counties performed at the Portales Heritage Days Festival, Saturday July 17, 2021. Pictured from left are Kyra Gentray-keyboard, Stratton Seifert-drums, and Caden Smith-bass from Portales, and Josiah Ewana-guitar from Clovis. The band was organized, rehearsed, and produced as part of the Music Commission’s Rural County Outreach program by Stratton’s dad Commissioner Dustin Seifert.


Below is a write-up in The Eastern New Mexico News by staff writer Steve Hansen.


Rural County Outreach ~ Torrance County

Commissioner Whitney ~ Torrance County

Here are pictures from Commissioner Tracey Whitney‘s jazz performance and Q&A at Manzano Mountain Art Center in Mountainair on September 25, 2021 4-6pm, presented in conjunction with the New Mexico Music Commission’s Rural County Outreach initiative.


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Public Announcement 11 January 2022 Regular Meeting


11 October 2022
1:00 p.m.

The New Mexico Music Commission will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 1:00pm. In light of the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-004, declaring a state of public health emergency and directing agencies to take necessary precautions to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19, the Music Commission has decided to hold the January 11, 2022 meeting via video conference. The meeting is open to the public.

The meeting will take place by Zoom. You may participate with a computer or phone.

Zoom information:

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Jan 11, 2022 01:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Music Commission Regular Meeting

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 493584
Or One tap mobile :
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Or Telephone:
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If you are an individual with a disability who needs a reader, amplifier, qualified signed language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, or both please contact the New Mexico Relay Network at 1-800-659-1779 or New Mexico Arts at 505-827-6490, statewide at 1-800-879-4278, or via email at at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting date or as soon as possible. Public documents, including the agenda and meeting minutes, can be provided in various accessible formats. Please contact New Mexico Arts if a summary or other type of accessible format is needed.

A copy of the meeting agenda is available here.

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Regular Meeting 11 January 2022

State of New Mexico
Music Commission
Regular Meeting

11 January 2022
via Zoom


I. Call to order : Chair Medina

II. Roll Call and Introductions : Abeyta

III. Consider approving the agenda : Medina, Abeyta ACTION by roll call vote

IV. Consider approving 12 October 2021 minutes : Medina, Abeyta ACTION by roll call vote

V. Administrative reports

A. Department of Cultural Affairs : Jane Egan, Special Assistant to Secretary Garcia y Griego

B. New Mexico Arts : Michelle Laflamme-Childs, NMA Executive Director

C. New Mexico Arts Commission : Nancy Cooper, NMAC Chair

D. New Mexico Music Commission : Carlos Medina, NMMC Chair

VI. Request for approval of 2022 Open Meetings Resolution : Chris Moander, Asst. Attorney General

VII. Committee reports

A.  Development : Frouge

B.  Education : Seifert

C.  Production : Abeyta

VIII. Rural County Outreach reports

A. Commissioner Abeyta : Mora | San Juan

B. Commissioner Anderson : Hildago | Rio Arriba

C. Commissioner Diaz : Harding | Luna

D. Commissioner Frouge : Colfax | Taos

E. Commissioner Langerman : Sierra | Socorro

F. Commissioner Lee : DeBaca | Union

G. Commissioner McCarroll : Eddy | Los Alamos

H. Commissioner Medina : San Miguel | Quay

I. Commissioner Nava : Cibola | Guadalupe

J. Commissioner Ponce : Chaves | Lea

K. Commissioner Rogers : Doña Ana | Otero

L. Commissioner Seifert : Curry | Roosevelt

M. Commissioner Swapp : Catron | Grant

N. Commissioner Whitney : Torrance

O. Commissioner Zenobia : Valencia (Lincoln | McKinley)

IX. COVID-19 Vaccination PSA reports : Medina

X. Nomination and election of secretary and vice chair : Medina, Abeyta ACTION by roll call vote

A. Secretary

B. Vice Chair

XI. Appointment of committee chairs : Medina

A. Development

B. Education

C. Production

D. Strategic Planning

XII. Appointment of two members-at-large to the Executive Committee : Medina

A. Member-at-large

B. Member-at-large

XIII. Foundation update : David Schwartz, President New Mexico Music Commission Foundation

XIV. Adjournment : Medina

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