The New Mexico Musicians Relief Fund (NMMRF) is aimed at helping musicians of all genres in the New Mexico music community who are financially impacted by cancellations due to COVID-19. The fund gives priority to artists of color, LGBTQ+ & non-binary artists, and disabled or immunocompromised artists, but we intend to help all artists who have applied based on the funds we receive.
To date, 77 artists requested a cumulative total of $63,500+ in relief. This is more than twice what we hope to raise in this campaign. Because of the great disparity between need and contributions, we've reluctantly elected to close the application window as of March 27, 2020.
Below we've outlined our campaign and have *indicated* ways you could contribute. Thank you!
https://www.gofundme.com/f/new-mexico-musicians-relief-fund-amid-covid19. * Donate to the NMMRF. Share the link with your network and invite them to do the same.
https://www.facebook.com/NewMexicoMusiciansReliefFund and our social media hashtag is #NMMusiciansRelief. The NMMRF Facebook page is the information center of the campaign. From it we disseminate news and updates about the fund and host virtual video performances (see below). * Like and follow the NMMRF Facebook page. Share the page with your network and invite them to do the same.
NMMRF is partnered with St. John's Music Ministries in Albuquerque. St. John’s is producing two 5-minute pre-recorded classical music performance videos per day during the COVID-19 shut down. The videos are broadcast on the St. John’s and NMMRF Facebook pages. The New Mexico Music Commission is sharing the videos in solidarity. Viewers are invited to make a freewill offering to the NMMRF fund. As part of their contribution to the campaign, St. John’s is paying each musician $100 to perform. The series is titled “Music From St. John’s” and is curated by Matthew Greer, with video by Shea Perry. The first video broadcast on Facebook Sunday, March 15. Here are three videos from the series:
In addition, musicians are recording homemade videos in support of the relief fund. Here are a few such videos:
* Invite artists of any music genre to reach out to the NMMRF through our Facebook page if they’re interested in donating their talent to the campaign through our video series.
These music professionals have volunteered their time and expertise to advocate on behalf of the NMMRF, to assist in administering the funds received, and to allocate financial aide to applicants. These artists represent the unique diversity of New Mexico and its music industry.
~Tazbah McCulluh, Santa Fe: General Manager at Santa Fe Public Radio, previous work as Director of Marketing and Advertising, and Director of Public Programs at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and General Manager of KTNN-AM and KWRK-FM in Arizona.
~Nicolle Maniaci, Albuquerque: Violinist with the New Mexico Philharmonic and Santa Fe Symphony, Orchestra Director at Bosque School, member of New Mexico Music Educators Association and American String Teachers Association.
~Delbert Anderson, Farmington: CEO of San Juan Jazz Society, lead trumpet with DDAT and Delbert Anderson Trio, faculty San Juan College.
~Derrick Lee, Las Cruces: Percussion studies Las Cruces High School, professional freelance percussionist, studio musician, composer, arranger, private instructor, teacher 20+ years, previous work KRWG nightly jazz radio host 2012-2019.
~Matthew Greer, Albuquerque: Director of St. John's Music Ministries and Quintessence Choral Society of the Southwest.
~Thomas Goodrich, Mora: Chamber Music Director at United World College, Violin faculty at NM Highlands University and Meadow City Academy of Music, administrator of NM Music Commission, violist with San Juan Symphony, founder of the NMMRF.
NMMRF is appreciative of the following volunteers who have donated their time and expertise to support the campaign:
~Crystal Reiter, Albuquerque: Assistant Office Manager New Mexico Philharmonic. Compiling musician applications and providing secretarial and clerical support.
~Cory McBride, Farmington: San Juan Symphony. Spearheading an email campaign.
~Audry Ly Johnson, Farmington/ABQ: Intern with the NM Phil. Assisting with social media.
~Melissa Sanchez, Acoma/Laguna Pueblos: Gathering of Nations, Stage 49, Miss Indian World, Emergence Productions. Created the NMMRF logo.
* We’re looking for a development/fundraising specialist to help us broaden our call for support. If you know of someone, please encourage him or her to reach out to us through our Facebook page.
$5,000 Roberston & Sons Violin Shop ~ Thank you Robertsons!
All other contributions received are from individuals. Amounts range from $5 to $1,000.
Applying for $ Relief:
As of March 27, NMMRF received 77 applications totaling $63,500+ in requested relief. Because of this, we have reluctantly elected to close the application window.
Musicians were asked 10 questions involving contact info, demographics, description of their creative work, listing recent canceled gigs, including date, venue, and amount of pay lost, and how much they can get by with for the next month. Funds will be disbursed through PayPal, Venmo, or Cash App. Applicants are asked to provide account info for at least one of these in their application.
Santa Fe Reporter, Aedra Burke journalist
Albuquerque Journal, Adrian Gomez journalist
Farmington Daily Times, Mike Easterling journalist
KRQE's New Mexico Living, Alexis Romero journalist
* We welcome your assistance in sharing the NMMRF with the media and putting us in touch with media contacts in your network.
On behalf of freelance musicians of all genres throughout New Mexico who are struggling financially due to COVID-19, we appreciate your support in this time of great isolation and challenge.
Tazbah, Nicolle, Derrick, Delbert, Matthew, and Thomas
- Evan Coombs
- Thomas Dent
Buena Vista, NM