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


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


  • 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.


  • 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).


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.


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.


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

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De Baca : Derrick Lee

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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

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Harding : Sara Diaz

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Hidalgo : Jir Anderson

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Lea : Jose Ponce

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

Lincoln : tba

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Los Alamos : Busy McCarroll

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Luna : Sara Diaz

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McKinley : tba

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Mora : Buddy Abeyta

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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

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Rio Arriba : Jir Anderson

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Roosevelt : Dustin Seifert

San Juan : Buddy Abeyta

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San Miguel : Carlos Medina

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Sierra : Keith Langerman

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Socorro : Keith Langerman

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Taos : Tom Frouge

Torrance : Tracey Whitney

Union : Derrick Lee

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Valencia : Zenobia

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