New Mexico Musicians Relief Fund

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Mission

The New Mexico Musicians Relief Fund (NMMRF) provides financial relief to New Mexico-based musicians of all genres who are adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The fund gives priority to black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA & non-binary, and disabled or immunocompromised artists, but we intend to help all artists who apply based on the funds we receive.

Apply for Funding

In our 3rd round of funding, a cumulative total of $5,000 will be awarded.  Artist applications are accepted starting 2 April 2021 and will be considered in the order they are received until the $5K is exhausted. The maximum award per artist is $500.

Funding Eligibility

*Current New Mexico resident for a minimum of 2 years.
*Established live performer (any genre/style) working in New Mexico for at least 1 year prior to March 2020.
*Individual musicians only. Band / group members must apply separately.
*Documented evidence of lost gigs since March 2020.
*Priority given to Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+/non-binary, disabled/immunocompromised.
*Artists who have previously received NMMRF funding may reapply. Priority is given to 1st time applicants.
*Non-performers, such as booking agents, managers, producers, etc. are not eligible.
*Artists currently receiving NM Workforce (unemployment benefits) and/or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance are not eligible.

Funding Process

*Apply: Fill out the application below. If a question does not apply to you, indicate so by typing N/A.
*Review: Verify all questions are answered. Incomplete applications may not be considered.
*Save: Save your completed application as a Word file. Pdfs, photographs, or cloud files will not be accepted. The date/time stamp on your email will be used to place your application in the queue for consideration.
*Email: Attach your application (Word file only) to an email and send it to [email redacted].
*Application receipt: We will send you an email acknowledging receipt of your application within 5 business days. Contact us if you haven’t heard from us by the 6th business day.
*Notice of award: We will inform eligible/selected artists of the amount of their award by email.
*Payment: A check will be mailed via USPS to the physical mailing address you provided in your application. It will come in the form of a generic tri-fold-and-tear envelope. Take note the envelope can be easily mistaken for junk mail. Checks must be cashed within 14 working days of receipt. If not cashed, the award may be forfeited to the next musician in need. Electronic payments are not available.

Request an Artist Application

Email: [email redacted]

or

Direct Message: https://www.facebook.com/NewMexicoMusiciansReliefFund

Quotes from NMMRF recipients

"Thank you. This definitely helps. As an artist, and a Covid 19 survivor, I want to commend you on your good, and probably taxing work on behalf of artists and performers in NM. Stay well and safe."

"Thank you, Melissa, Derrick, Severo, Delbert, and Thomas and the NMMRF. I, and all the other working musicians in New Mexico, appreciate you looking out for us with the pandemic and losing so much work."

"We appreciate you doing this for the artists. It has been hard on performing groups with all the cancellation of engagements, especially for myself and my dance company. Thank you and many blessings."

"Been meaning to make a video promoting your fund. I'm a disabled Nednhi Apache Two Spirit living with Complex PTSD, Bipolar, OCD & Asthma. The Pandemic has really made it difficult to find gig work, even online. There are a ton of artists right now struggling. People don't always value art but imagine if people had to manage through a pandemic without music, art, film & writing? Art in any form is so important, it does matter what we do. Thank you all for the time I qualified in the past, it helped so much. Thank you for doing what you do, it really makes a difference in people's lives."

"Dear Melissa, Derrick, Severo, Delbert, and Thomas, Thank you so much for your kind and much needed gift! I'm grateful and appreciative of all your efforts to support NM musicians during this strange time. I look forward to getting back into safe action in the year to come. Yours In Music."

Social Media

Facebook Page : The NMMRF Facebook page is the information center of the campaign. From it we disseminate news and updates about the fund.

iHeartNMMusic : The NMMRF launched iHeartNMMusic September 2020 to showcase the unique diversity of New Mexico's music scene. The page is a free digital venue featuring video performances (livestream, studio, concert, official) by NM-based artists of all genres. Many of the artists receiving funding through the NMMRF are featured on the page.

Hashtag : #NMMusiciansRelief

Artist Collective

This is the administrative team managing the fund. They are music professionals who volunteer 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 diversity of New Mexico and its unique music industry.

Melissa Sanchez ~ Acoma/Laguna Pueblos
Executive Director Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial with the New Mexico Department of Tourism, Producer Gathering of Nations Stage 49 and Miss Indian World, Owner Emergence Productions, past Acting Chair New Mexico Music Commission.

Severo Martinez, ~ Chimayo
Lead singer 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 Scholarship, Director of Literacy for the Humanities and Early Childhood Bureau at the New Mexico Public Education Department.

Delbert Anderson ~ Navajo Nation/Farmington
CEO San Juan Jazz Society, lead trumpet DDAT and Delbert Anderson Trio, faculty San Juan College.

Derrick Lee ~ Las Cruces/Clovis
Percussion studies Las Cruces High School, band leader The Derrick Lee Trio (jazz), professional freelance percussionist, studio musician, composer, arranger, private instructor, teacher 20+ years, previous work KRWG nightly jazz radio host 2[phone redacted]. 

Thomas Goodrich ~ Golondrinas, Mora County
Chamber Music Director and IB Composition Coach United World College, Violin faculty NM Highlands University and Meadow City Academy of Music, administrator NM Music Commission, violist San Juan Symphony, Sole Proprietor The Goodrich Studio, Founder NMMRF.

The NMMRF is not a business or organization. We are an all-volunteer collection of musicians who donate our time and expertise because we want to help our beloved music community. We ask for your patience as we process your application and please know that our heart is in the right place.

Donors

$5,000+

$5,000 Robertson & Sons Violin Shop 

$1,000-$4,999

$1,400 Anonymous
$1,200 Bruce Dalby
$,1070 Anonymous
$1,000 John Blackburn 
$1,000 Ann P. Boland
$1,000 Nancy Croker
$1,000 Tom Crow 
$1,000 Anonymous

$500-$999

$925 Anonymous
$700 Toby Atkinson
$625 Ruth Striegel
$550 Susan Perry
$500 Molly Caskey
$500 J&B DeLaurentis
$500 Jen Dunne
$500 Jane Faber 
$500 Richard Freedman
$500 Martha Good
$500 Live For 1, Inc. Gonzalez 
$500 George & Ellen Mozurkewich 
$500 Catherine Pope 
$500 Sharon Shaheen 
$500 Anonymous
$500 Anonymous
$500 Anonymous
$500 Anonymous

$200-$499

$450 Barbara Stout 
$425 James Gale
$400 Kristina Caffrey 
$400 Karen Schaue 
$400 Anonymous
$311 Anonymous
$304 Marion Carrillo
$300 Natalie Adolphi
$300 Jenny DeBouzek 
$300 Adam Saidel
$250 Jane Einhorn 
$250 Trish Parks  
$200 Gay Block 
$200 Lydia E Curet 
$200 Donna and Roger Eaton  
$200 Burcu Tan Erciyes 
$200 Larry Flamholtz 
$200 Edward Harrington 
$200 Sue Phelps
$200 Jon Schneider
$200 Joel Scott 
$200 John Trotter 
$200 Karin Urban 
$200 Anonymous
$200 Anonymous
$200 Anonymous

$100-$199

$180 Stanley M. Fried
$180 Christopher Gibson
$175 Victor Romanelli
$175 Anonymous
$150 John Eshbaugh
$150 Guillermo Figueroa
$150 Michael Harrison
$150 Glinda Lobdell
$150 Mark Pallardy
$150 Anonymous
$150 Anonymous
$150 Anonymous
$125 Martin Kroebel
$125 Helen Williams
$120 Ryan Montano
$120 Anonymous
$100 Jonathan van Arsdel
$100 Shannon & Oz Augé
$100 Carl Baca
$100 Yvonne Bagnell
$100 Phoebe Becktell
$100 Julie and Micke Bencoe
$100 Mary-Ellin Brooks
$100 Marlene Bryan
$100 Paul Bower
$100 Donna and Kurt Chrisman
$100 Larry Compton
$100 Joan Conrow
$100 Cindy and Rand Cook
$100 Dianne Cress
$100 Paul Dodd
$100 Bradley Ellingboe
$100 Norman Falk
$100 Frederick Frahm
$100 Robert E. Goodfellow
$100 Thomas Goodrich
$100 Amy and Matthew Greer
$100 Tom Guralnick
$100 Robert J. Gusch
$100 Sean Healen
$100 Molly Kearney
$100 Evelyn Kent
$100 Teena and Jerry King
$100 Teresa Link
$100 Jane and David McGuire
$100 Robert McKeown
$100 Hyerim Mapp
$100 Carrie Martinek
$100 New Mexico Music Awards
$100 Katherine Myers
$100 Harold Nilsson
$100 Cindy and John Noe
$100 Scott Obenshain
$100 Erick Parker
$100 James Patrick
$100 Lara Patriquin
$100 Kristine Purrington
$100 Laura Rammage
$100 Karen Schlue
$100 David Schwartz
$100 Kim and Marianne Seidler
$100 Anna Simpson
$100 Michael Stordahl
$100 Maxine and Edmund Thevenot-Connolly
$100 Lawrence Tucker
$100 Patricia Vasquez
$100 Erin Wrage
$100 Anonymous
$100 Anonymous
$100 Anonymous
$100 Anonymous
$100 Anonymous
$100 Anonymous
$100 Anonymous
$100 Anonymous
$100 Anonymous
$100 Anonymous
$100 Anonymous
$100 Anonymous
$100 Anonymous
$100 Anonymous
$100 Anonymous
$100 Anonymous
$100 Anonymous
$100 Anonymous
$100 Anonymous
$100 Anonymous
$100 Anonymous

$1-$99

$90 Adele Katz Memorial Fund
$80 Helena Kirkwood
$80 Steve Boettcher
$75 Carla Beauchamp
$75 Anonymous
$70 Elene Gusch
$66 Anonymous
$60 Anonymous
$50 Darryl Badonie
$50 Gay and Dusty Blech
$50 Roberto Capocchi
$50 Anais Chakerian
$50 Lynn Clapper
$50 Claremont/Marie Park Neighbors
$50 Alexi Corbin
$50 Genevieve Davidge
$50 Peter Ellzey
$50 Mary Flamingo
$50 Gale Hannigan
$50 Del Hansen
$50 Julianna Huestis
$50 Evelyn Intondi
$50 Margaret Keller
$50 Loren Kelly
$50 Phyllis Kennedy
$50 Anthony Klesert
$50 Virginia Lawrence
$50 Carson Leflang
$50 Busy McCarroll
$50 David McGuire
$50 Natalie Martinez
$50 Michael Mauldin
$50 Debra Montoya
$50 Chris Moore
$50 Erin Perry
$50 Rosemary and Mike Peterson
$50 Tayreze Reimer
$50 Mimi Roberts
$50 Susan Rosenbaum
$50 Diane Schutz
$50 Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
$50 Anonymous
$50 Anonymous
$50 Anonymous
$50 Anonymous
$50 Anonymous
$50 Anonymous
$50 Anonymous
$50 Anonymous
$50 Anonymous
$50 Anonymous
$50 Anonymous
$50 Anonymous
$50 Anonymous
$50 Anonymous
$50 Anonymous
$50 Anonymous
$50 Anonymous
$50 Anonymous
$50 Anonymous
$45 Jamie Villanueva
$44 Lawrence Israel
$40 Ezra Bussmann
$40 Kristin Ditlow
$40 Quang Ha
$40 Michael His
$40 Cynthia Wooley
$40 Anonymous
$40 Anonymous
$40 Anonymous
$35 Rosemary Blanchard
$30 Michael Anderson
$30 Leanne Frazier
$30 A&P Gutierrez
$30 Andrea Lee
$30 D’Santi Nava
$30 Anonymous
$25 Carlo Dolan
$25 JW Fakes
$25 Carol Fidel
$25 Kelly Fortenbury
$25 Vicki Howell
$25 Teddy Klett
$25 Rod Kyle
$25 Alyssa Landahl
$25 Ann Laser
$25 Justin MacDonald
$25 Abigail T. Maxwell
$25 Andrea Montano
$25 Leslee E. Simon
$25 Matthew Smith
$25 Rebecca Smith
$25 Elsa Stott
$25 Chris Toft
$25 Anonymous
$25 Anonymous
$25 Anonymous
$25 Anonymous
$25 Anonymous
$25 Anonymous
$25 Anonymous
$25 Anonymous
$25 Anonymous
$25 Anonymous
$25 Anonymous
$25 Anonymous
$20 M Allen
$20 Patricia Belletto
$20 Sonya Berg
$20 Sharon Berman
$20 Kena Boeckner
$20 Cammy Cook
$20 Mary Evans
$20 Loie Fecteau
$20 Loree Free
$20 Erin Gibson
$20 Donna Hamilton
$20 Michelle Laflamme-Childs
$20 Janet Murray
$20 Erin Perez
$20 Jennifer Polle
$20 Angelique Sanchez
$20 Melissa Sanchez
$20 Denis Welsh
$20 Anonymous
$20 Anonymous
$20 Anonymous
$20 Anonymous
$20 Anonymous
$20 Anonymous
$20 Anonymous
$20 Anonymous
$15 Felicia Alexander
$15 Nancy Cooper
$15 Don McIver
$15 Diane Richardson
$15 Martha Sheep
$15 Lilli Tichinin
$10 Richard Blankenship
$10 Evan Coombs
$10 Thomas Dent
$10 Laura Eberhardt
$10 Barbara Hamilton
$10 Alan Harad
$10 Theresa Knight
$10 Jim Pendergrast
$10 Barbara Waxer
$10 Susan Westby
$10 Anonymous
$10 Anonymous
$10 Anonymous
$10 Anonymous
$10 Anonymous
$10 Anonymous
$10 Anonymous
$9 Anonymous
$5 Robert Abeyta
$5 Jordan Drayer
$5 Dakota Goodnough

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

Round 1
71 artists
$30,942 awarded
$49-$895 award range

Round 2
28 artists
$7,806 awarded
$100-$500 award range
A maximum award of $500 per artist was implemented with round 2 funding.

Total
99 artists
$38,748 awarded

By municipality
($ - municipality - #artists)
$18,713 Albuquerque 50
$3,614 Santa Fe 8
$2,352 Rio Rancho 8
$2,000 Zuni Pueblo 4
$1,417 Las Cruces 3
$1,187 Las Vegas 2
$939 Taos 2
$873 Tijeras 2
$825 Gallup / Navajo Nation 4
$821 Corrales 1
$806 Ohkay Owingeh Pubelo 1
$776 Questa 1
$739 Ribera 1
$710 Alamogordo 1
$510 Hondo 1
$500 Tohajiilee / Navajo Nation 1
$399 Ponderosa / Jemez Pueblo 1
$350 Anthony 2
$311 Sandia Park 1
$250 San Juan 1
$207 Cedar Crest 1
$177 Silver City 1
$163 Los Lunas 1
$109 Farmington 1
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$38,748 Total 99

Identification
43% person of color
15% LGBTQ+ non-binary
7% disabled / immunocompromised

Primary genre
15.6% Classical
12.8% Rock
11.0% Spanish/NM
7.3% Pop
7.3% R&B / Blues
5.5% Jazz
4.6% Folk
4.6% Singer Songwriter
4.6% Standards
3.7% Country
3.7% Electronica / EDM
3.7% Native American / Cultural
2.8% Music Theater
1.8% Reggae
1.8% Soul
1.8% Zydeco
0.9% Americana
0.9% Bluegrass
0.9% Celtic
0.9% Flamenco
0.9% Hip Hop
0.9% Mariachi
0.9% Oldies
0.9% Rockabilly

Media

KRQE News 13, Anna Padilla journalist
Fund created for NM performers ~ interview with NMMRF recipients Daniel Lee Gallegos (Las Vegas-Sangre Joven Band) and Fernando Cellicion (Zuni Pueblo-Zuni Traditional Dancers) about how the fund has helped them during the pandemic - NMMRF artist collective members Melissa Sanchez and Thomas Goodrich were also interviewed

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
https://www.sfreporter.com/music/2020/03/16/campaign-boosts-musicians-losing-work/ ~ interview with Thomas Goodrich announcing the launch of the NMMRF

Albuquerque Journal, Adrian Gomez journalist
https://www.abqjournal.com/1432014/dont-let-the-music-die.html ~ feature story about the St. John's Music  and NMMRF partnership

Farmington Daily Times, Mike Easterling journalist
https://www.daily-times.com/story/news/local/2020/03/18/local-musicians-struggle-make-ends-meet-no-place-play/2870908001/ ~ 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
https://nmliving.com/2020/03/23/st-johns-united-methodist-church-creates-virtual-concert-series/ ~ interview with Matthew Greer about the St. John's Music Ministries and NMMRF partnership

103.7 The Oasis Jazz Radio, Crowe Financial Services sponsor
airing 15-30 second NMMRF radio spots

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

Contact

*Direct Message: https://www.facebook.com/NewMexicoMusiciansReliefFund

*Email: [email redacted]

Thank you

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 Sanchez ~ Acoma/Laguna Pueblos, Albuquerque
Derrick Lee ~ Las Cruces
Delbert Anderson ~ Navajo Nation, Farmington
Severo Martinez ~ Chimayó, Albuquerque
Thomas Goodrich ~ Golondrinas, Mora County

NMMRF Artist Collective

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Donations

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  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 6 d
  • MICHAEL HARRISON 
    • $25 
    • 7 d
  • Debra Montoya 
    • $50 
    • 9 d
  • Toby Atkinson 
    • $450 
    • 13 d
  • Shannon & Oz Augé 
    • $100 
    • 21 d
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Organizer

Thomas Goodrich 
Organizer
Buena Vista, NM
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