The New Mexico Musicians Relief Fund (NMMRF) helps New Mexico-based musicians of all genres who are financially impacted by gig 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 apply based on the funds we receive.
Apply for Funding
The application window is currently closed. A link to the application will be provided here when the cumulative total of the fund exceeds $45,000.
*Applicants must be a current New Mexico resident for a minimum of two years and an established live performer working in New Mexico for at least one year prior to March 2020.
*The NMMRF funds individuals only.
*Eligibility is based on applicants providing documented evidence of lost gigs, which includes the following information: venue name, venue location, gig date, $ lost pay, estimated lost tips, venue contact name, venue contact phone.
*Applicants currently receiving NM Workforce (unemployment benefits) and/or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance are not eligible to apply at this time.
*The maximum individual amount gifted will be $500.
*Funds will be disbursed to eligible artists in the order applications are received, with priority to persons of color, lgbtq+/non-binary, immunocompromised/disabled, and first time applicants.
*Applicants are responsible for providing the following accurate information: legal name, mailing address, phone number, email address.
*Applicants must email a completed application to the NMMRF. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
*Applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt of their application within 5 business days. It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the NMMRF on the 6th business day, if an email receipt is not received.
*Eligible/selected artists will be notified of their financial award by email. If artists do not reply within 3 business days of the notification, the award may be forfeited to next the musician in need.
*Financial awards will be delivered by check via USPS in the form of a tri-fold-and-tear envelope. Note, the envelope is generic in appearance and can be mistaken for junk mail.
*Financial award checks not cashed within 14 business days of receipt will be forfeited unless the applicant notifies the NMMRF of reasons precluding them from so doing.
Quotes from NMMRF recipients
"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."
"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."
"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."
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
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.
Robertson & Sons Violin Shop
5 Anonymous donors
Live For 1, Inc. Gonzalez
George & Ellen Mozurkewich
6 Anonymous donors
Lydia E Curet
Donna and Roger Eaton
Burcu Tan Erciyes
4 Anonymous donors
Other donations range from $5 to $175.
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: May-June 2020
$49-$895 award range
Round 2: July-August 2020
$100-$500 award range
A maximum award of $500 per artist was implemented with round 2 funding.
$ - 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
$38,747 Total 99
43% person of color
15% LGBTQ+ non-binary
7% disabled / immunocompromised
7.3% R&B / Blues
4.6% Singer Songwriter
3.7% Electronica / EDM
3.7% Native American / Cultural
2.8% Music Theater
0.9% Hip Hop
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
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.
Melissa, Derrick, Delbert, Severo, and Thomas
- Toby Atkinson
- Rosemary Blanchard
- Jamie Villanueva
- James Gale
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