New Mexico Musicians Relief Fund

The New Mexico Musicians Relief Fund (NMMRF) helps New Mexico-based musicians of all genres 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.

Below are details of the campaign.

How to Apply for $ Relief

Thank you for your interest in applying for financial relief through the NMMRF. Here are considerations for potential applicants:

* NMMRF is for NM-based musicians of all genres financially impacted by COVID-19 gig cancellations.

* The fund gives priority to People of Color, LGBTQ+ & non-binary, and disabled or immunocompromised artists who have not previously received $ from the NMMRF.

* Eligibility is based on applicants providing documented evidence of lost gigs.

* If you are currently receiving NM Workforce (unemployment benefits) and/or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, you are ineligible to apply at this time.

* We are distributing approximately $8,000 in round 2.

* The maximum individual amount gifted will be $500.

* Funds will be disbursed to eligible applicants in the order received, with priority to POC, LGBTQ+, disabled 1st time applicants, until we reach $8K.

* As a backup, in the rare event of transmission failure, please screenshot, take a photo or print each of your 10 completed questions for your records.

* You'll receive an email confirmation of your application within 5 business days. If you do not receive an email it is your responsibility to follow up with us by the 6th business day.

* Eligible/selected artists will be notified by email and receive a check in the form of a tri-fold-and-tear envelope from NUSENDA mailed via USPS. ing.

* Your responsibilities include:
Legal name so you can deposit/cash the check
Correct mailing address
Correct phone number
Correct email address

Appy Here 

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. 

Artist Collective

This is the administrative team managing the fund. They are music professionals who have volunteered their time and expertise to advocate for the NMMRF, to assist in administering the funds received, and to allocate financial aide to applicants. They represent the unique diversity of New Mexico and its music industry.

~Melissa Sanchez, Acoma/Laguna Pueblos: Gathering of Nations, Stage 49, Miss Indian World, Emergence Productions, past Acting Chair of the New Mexico Music Commission.

~Severo Martinez, Chimayo: Lead singer of Severo y Grupo Fuego, a multi-award winning high energy Latin music band with over 17,000 followers on Facebook, founder of Soy Nuevo Mexicano Scholarhip, and Director of Literacy for the Humanities and Early Childhood Bureau at the New Mexico Public Education Department.

~Delbert Anderson, Navajo Nation/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. 

~Thomas Goodrich, Golondrinas, Mora County: Chamber Music Director at United World College, Violin faculty NM Highlands University and Meadow City Academy of Music, administrator NM Music Commission, violist with San Juan Symphony, founder of the NMMRF.

These artists participated in the collective for round one of funding:

~ Tazbah McCullugh, Diné (Navajo): General Manager of KTNN-AM and KWRK-FM in Window Rock, AZ, Director of Marketing and Advertising, and Director of Public Programs at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, currently General Manager of KSFR-FM Santa Fe Public Radio. Tazbah stepped down from the NMMRF artist collective to return to her full time work at SFe Public Radio. She continues to support the NMMRF by running PSAs on her station.

~ Nicolle Maniaci, Albuquerque: Orchestra teacher at Bosque School, member of NM Phil and SFe Symphony. Nicolle stepped down from the NMMRF artist collective to pursue a fundraising project designed to assist classical and symphonic musicians in NM.

~ Matthew Greer, Albuquerque: Director St. John's Music Ministries and Quintessence in ABQ. Matthew stepped down from the NMMRF artist collective to team with Nicolle Maniaci on raising funds for classical and symphonic musicians in NM.

Administrative Resources

~ Kristine Purrington, Albuquerque: Senior Director of Development UNM Foundation, past Executive Director Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program. Kristine advises the NMMRF artist collective on protocol and procedure of managing funds and artist applications.

~ Elizabeth Harcombe, Los Alamos: Harcombe Development, Past Executive Director Music from Angel Fire and Santa Fe Pro Musica. Elizabeth is advising the NMMRF on development strategy.

~ Crystal Reiter, Albuquerque: Assistant Office Manager New Mexico Phil. Crystal is managing NMMRF's applications and documents.


We extend a gratitude of thanks to the following individuals and businesses:

Roberston & Sons Violin Shop 

John Blackburn
Nancy Croker
Tom Crowe ~ in memory of his father
Ann P Boland


J&B De Laurentis
Jen Dunne
Jane Faber
Richard Freedman
Martha Good
Live For 1, Inc. Gonzales
Ellen & George Mozurkewich
Catherine Pope
Sharon Shaheen

Barbara Stout

Kristina Caffrey
Karen Schlue

Jenny DeBouzek
Susan Perry

Other contributions received range from $5 to $250.

Funds received through this campaign will be deposited in Thomas Goodrich's bank account and he will mail a check through the USPS to each artist receiving funding.

Demographics of Artists Receiving Funding

As of 25 June 2020

Number of Artists 71

Funding received  $30,942

Disbursement range  $49-$895

Median disbursement  $399

Mean disbursement  $438

Disbursement by city, town, pueblo

38 - Albuquerque - $15,811
6 - Santa Fe - $3,209
6 - Rio Rancho - $1,812
2 - Las Vegas - $1,187
2 - Taos - $939
2 - Las Cruces - $917
2 - Tijeras - $873
2 - Gallup - $574
1 - Corrales - $821
1 - Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo - $806
1 - Questa - $776
1 - Ribera - $739
1 - Alamogordo - $710
1 - Hondo - $510
1 - Ponderosa / Jemez Pueblo - $399
1 - Sandia Park - $311
1 - Cedar Crest - $207
1 - Silver City - $177
1 - Los Lunas - $163


38% person of color
18% LGBTQ+ non-binary
6% disabled / immunocompromised

Primary genre

23% Classical
14% Multi Genre
14% Spanish/NM
7% Pop
7% Rock
7% Singer Songwriter
7% Standards
3% Music Theater
3% Reggae
3% Zydeco
1% Americana
1% Bluegrass
1% Blues
1% Celtic
1% Country
1% Flamenco
1% Folk
1% Hip Hop
1% Jazz


103.7 The Oasis Jazz Radio, Crowe Financial Services sponsor
airing 15-30 second NMMRF radio spots that will run through the end of the shut down

KSFR 101.1 Santa Fe Public Radio, Tazbah McCulluh General Manager
airing 30 second NMMRF radio spots that will run through the end of the shut down

New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant journalist
NM in Focus & NMMRF ~ interview with Thomas Goodrich about the plight of musicians in NM and the NMMRF

Santa Fe Reporter, Aedra Burke journalist ~ interview with Thomas Goodrich announcing the launch of the NMMRF

Albuquerque Journal, Adrian Gomez journalist ~ feature story about the St. John's Music  and NMMRF partnership

Farmington Daily Times, Mike Easterling journalist ~ interview with Delbert Anderson about the plight of musicians in Farmington and his work with the NMMRF

KRQE's New Mexico Living, Alexis Romero journalist ~ interview with Matthew Greer about the St. John's Music Ministries and NMMRF partnership

Virtual Concerts

NMMRF has partnered with St. John's Music Ministries in Albuquerque. St. John’s produces pre-recorded classical music performance videos and invites viewers to donate to the NMMRF. The first video broadcast on Facebook Sunday, March 15. We thank St. John's, video engineer Shea Perry, and director Matthew Greer for their generous support of the NMMRF. Here are two videos from the series:

Independent of the St. John's series, musicians are recording videos in support of the NMMRF. Here are two such videos:

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. Stay strong, stay safe, stay healthy, stay home. 

In solidarity,

Melissa, Derrick, Delbert, Severo, Crystal, and Thomas


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