Rural County Outreach

The Music Commission launched its Rural County Outreach program January 2021. Watch the video below for an introduction:

~ reported by Rachel Knapp and Jackie Kent of KRQE News 13, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Purpose

Music Commissioners adopted 30 rural counties and are tasked with 2 objectives:

Ambassadorship

  • Network with members of the county music industry;
  • Monitor the local music scene;
  • Report local music events to the Music Commission, for promotion on the Commission’s Facebook page.

Service

  • Identify, in partnership with community members, music-related project(s) that fill a need in the county’s music industry and utilize their unique skill set, expertise, resources, and experience – projects must comply with State statutes;
  • Produce and deliver project(s) in the community;
  • Record project(s) by live stream, video, image, and/or audio, to be archived on the Commission’s website and featured on our Facebook page.

This document was used to organize the county adoption process.

The urban-corridor counties of Bernalillo, Sandoval, and Santa Fe are not included in the Rural County Outreach project.

COVID-19 Considerations

Research, planning, communication, production, and delivery of projects will take place remotely (e.g., email, phone, social media, Zoom).

Cost

The Rural County Outreach program is free.

NOTE: The Commission has no funding for project production costs. Music Commissioners are volunteers and are not expected to incur out-of-pocket expenses to produce projects. Numerous possibilities exist for projects that can be produced at no cost (see below).

Project Ideas

Our commissioners each have a unique set of skills, expertise, resources, and experience they will access to develop a service project for your community. Here are a few examples of projects commissioners might deliver:

  • Present a master class, clinic, sectional to students at a local school, college, or university
  • Instruct a workshop, clinic in partnership with a local 501c3 arts organization
  • Deliver a performance assembly for a local elementary school
  • Emcee/Narrate a community virtual event or PSA
  • Perform/speak on a local radio, television, podcast program
  • Sponsor/Host an online fundraiser with proceeds benefiting a county-based music organization
  • Produce an online performance in partnership with a local music organization, band, school ensemble
  • Sponsor a competition and perform with/feature the winner on social media
  • Sponsor a competition and deliver free private lessons to the winner
  • Co-write a song with a local songwriter, band, or music students
  • Perform with a local band or music students
  • Produce a music video of a local musician, band, school ensemble
  • Host an open mic
  • Assist in rebranding a local organization, musician, ensemble
  • Deliver professional development workshops on music and business administration

Media Release

Anyone appearing on camera in a Rural County Outreach project must sign a media release. E-Signatures and copies are accepted. Participants who do not submit a signed media release may still participate in the service project off camera.

Participants under 18 years of age

Underage participants must obtain a signature from their parent/guardian. Media release forms on file with a local public school district, principal’s office and/or music director shall suffice in lieu of the above media release.

Questions

Email us if you have questions about the Rural County Outreach project or would like to inquire about organizing a project in your county.

Projects by County

Below is a list of projects by county.


Key

County : Music Commissioner

  • project title – location – delivery date

Catron : Neil Swapp

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Chaves : Jose Ponce

  • Careers in the Music Industry – GEAR UP ENMU Roswell, Hagerman MS – 27 October 2021
  • Careers in the Music Industry – GEAR UP ENMU Roswell, Dexter MS – 27 October 2021

Cibola : D’Santi Nava

Colfax : Tom Frouge

Curry : Dustin Seifert

  • tba

De Baca : Derrick Lee

  • tba

Doña Ana : Jennifer Rogers

  • Mariachi concert and Q&A in partnership with NM Advocates for the Arts – location and date tba
  • Classical concert and Q&A in partnership with NM Advocates for the Arts – location and date tba

Eddy : Busy McCarroll

Grant : Neil Swapp

Guadalupe : D’Santi Nava

  • tba

Harding : Sara Diaz

  • tba

Hidalgo : Jir Anderson

  • tba

Lea : Jose Ponce

  • Copyright & Publishing Workshop – Lea County Center for the Arts – 25 June 2021

Lincoln : tba

  • tba

Los Alamos : Busy McCarroll

  • tba

Luna : Sara Diaz

  • tba

McKinley : tba

  • tba

Mora : Buddy Abeyta

  • tba

Otero : Jennifer Rogers

  • Mariachi concert and Q&A in partnership with NM Advocates for the Arts – location and date tba
  • Classical concert and Q&A in partnership with NM Advocates for the Arts – location and date tba

Quay : Carlos Medina

  • tba

Rio Arriba : Jir Anderson

  • tba

Roosevelt : Dustin Seifert

San Juan : Buddy Abeyta

  • tba

San Miguel : Carlos Medina

  • tba

Sierra : Keith Langerman

  • tba

Socorro : Keith Langerman

  • tba

Taos : Tom Frouge

Torrance : Tracey Whitney

Union : Derrick Lee

  • tba

Valencia : Zenobia

  • tba

Media