Schwartz, David

New Mexico Music Commission Foundation

David Schwartz ~ President

David Schwartz

Music Background

  • Recording Engineer: Wally Heider Recording (San Francisco)
  • Acoustical Engineer: Bolt Beranek and Newman

Administrative Background

  • Founder/Editor-in-Chief: Mix Magazine
  • Founder/Producer: Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Awards
  • Producer: Pro Audio Education, National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)
  • President: Mix Publications, Inc.
  • Board of Governors: National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammys)
  • Director of Industry Relations: Expression College for Digital Arts
  • Board Chair: Music in Schools Today (San Francisco)
  • Board of Advisors: Warehouse 21 (Santa Fe)
  • President: New Mexico Music Commission Foundation
  • Chair: New Mexico Music Commission
  • Executive Producer: Platinum Music Awards show


MBA incl. Music Production
Indiana University

BSIE Industrial Engineering
Purdue University



Current Residence

Santa Fe, Santa Fe County

Foundation Involvement

2012-2013; 2016-present


Schwartz was appointed Chair of the New Mexico Music Commission by Governor Susana Martinez August 2013. He served in that role until November 2016, when he elected to resign in order to head up the New Mexico Music Commission Foundation.

David brings a wealth of entrepreneurial development experience and creative vision into providing executive management for projects ranging from publishing ventures, to business development, event presentations, to music and film productions.

His current projects include producing the professional audio industry’s principal awards show, the TEC Awards, as well as the professional audio education track for the world’s largest professional music trade show, NAMM.

A leader in music and audio publishing, David is best known as founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of Mix Magazine, the recording industry’s international trade magazine. During his 18-years of leadership, Mix Publications, Inc. became a leading publishing company that operated two magazines, Mix and Electronic Musician, a book publishing division and an event production unit.

Schwartz has a background in acoustical and audio engineering, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from Indiana University. In 1994 he received the Most Valuable Person Award from the San Francisco Grammy chapter for his contributions to the Bay Area music community. In January, 2015, David was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of Music Merchants.

Creative Examples

Interview with NAMM’s Oral History Program

Interview with NAMM’s TEC Awards



Stephenson, Claude

Claude Stephenson

Claude Stephenson 2Education

BUS, University Studies 1985
University of New Mexico

MBA, Business Admin 1987
University of New Mexico

PhD, American Studies 2001
University of New Mexico

Music Background

  • Award-winning mandolinist with Big River boys, Sons of Rodan, and Elliott’s Ramblers
  • Guitarist and violinist with numerous groups
  • Producer KUNM-FM, Only the Radio 1979-1983
  • Producer KUNM-FM, Live Variety Show 1989-1991
  • Radio DJ, Folk Music USA and Folk Routes 1983-present

Administrative Background

  • State Folkorist emeritus, State of New Mexico 1991-2014
  • Folk Arts Coordinator, New Mexico Arts 1991-2014
  • Director, New Mexico Music Commission 2011-2014

City of Residence

Albuquerque’s South Valley

Commission term

expired May 6, 2016 ~ continues to serve until resignation or termination by the governor


Stephenson has been a working musician all of his adult life and is an award-winning mandolinist who played with seminal southwest bluegrass groups the Big River Boys, the Sons of Rodan, and Elliott’s Ramblers. In addition to mandolin, he has played and recorded acoustic and electric guitar and violin with more bands than there is room to list here. He produced the live radio programs Only the Radio (1979-1983) and the Live Variety Show (1989-1991) at KUNM-FM in Albuquerque promoting New Mexican musicians and has been a KUNM DJ producing Folk Music USA and Folk Routes since 1983.

Claude was the New Mexico State Folklorist and Folk Arts Coordinator at New Mexico Arts from 1991 to 2014. He obtained his Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of New Mexico in 2001 and wrote his dissertation on the music of Matachines dance groups of New Mexico. He plays violin with the Bernalillo Matachines.

Now semi-retired, when not playing music, Claude and his wife of thirty-eight years, Zoe Economou, manage EcoStep Farm in the South Valley growing and selling unconventionally grown vegetables and eggs at local grower’s markets.


Stoddard, Daniel

Daniel J. Stoddard



  • United States Coast Guard (1976 – 1980)
  • International Economic Development Council
  • Associates of Arts Degree – Liberal Arts (2003-2006)
  • Leadership New Mexico (2008)

Music Background

  • Event Chair, Clovis Music Festival

Administrative Background

  • Senior Community Services, Inc., Owner and President (2008, 2016)
  • New Mexico Veterans Hope Inn, Project for Homeless Vets (2011- present)
  • Curry County, Commissioner (2008-2012)
  • City of Clovis, Commissioner (2010-2014)
  • Eastern New Mexico Area Workforce Development Board (2008 – 2010)
  • New Mexico Association of Counties, Board of Directors (2009 – 2012)
  • New Mexico Local and State Government Program, Chairman (2012 & 2013)
  • Commissioner of Eastern Regional Housing Authority (2014 – present)

City of Residence

Rio Rancho (previous resident of Clovis)

Commission term

expired May 6, 2017 ~ continues to serve until resignation or termination by the governor


Dan Stoddard has been an active participant in the life of his community, with a particular passion for the diverse music of New Mexico. As the Chair of the Clovis Music Festival from 2004 -2009, Dan brought his extensive business and leadership skills to expand the yearly festival, and was instrumental in making it the premier festival for the matchless Clovis Seventh Street sound. During the course of his leadership, attendance for the three day event grew from 700 per night, to over 2500 a night, with visitors hailing from all parts of the world.

In addition to his various volunteer roles and community service in state and local government and economic development, Dan worked relentlessly as an executive board member of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce’s to preserve and promote the legend of Norman and Vi Petty Studio. Dan has served as the Vice-President of Clovis Chamber of Tourism and Music Festival, Badlands Chair, New Mexico Municipal League Board, and is a Leadership New Mexico Alumni. Dan is honored to serve on the Board of the State of New Mexico Music Commission, continuing his tradition of supporting and promoting the divergent and exceptional musicians and music of New Mexico.