Eric Larson Endowment at UNM
Eric Larson was without question one of the most extraordinarily gifted, charismatic and influential recording engineers and producers of the 1970s-2000s and he lived right here in New Mexico. His career included work on and credits for a 2003 Grammy Award winning album “Flying Free” by Black Eagle, the Jemez Pueblo drum group who earned a 2003 Grammy for Best Native American Music Album. Eric served as the projects mastering engineer.
Eric co-founded the New Mexico Music Industry Coalition or “MIC Awards which evolved into the the New Mexico Music Awards, to honor and encourage New Mexico music recording artists.
Eric passed away in 2005 and in his honor, the Larson family and the New Mexico Music Awards established the Eric Larson Endowment at the University of New Mexico. The scholarship is for junior or senior students attending the University of New Mexico and are studying music or the recording arts.
Each year the UNM Foundation awards a scholarship to a deserving student and each year, part of the NMMAs proceeds go to support that scholarship.
To donate to the scholarship fund, send a check or money order to:
Eric Larson Music Endowment
700 Lomas NE
Two Woodward Center
Albuquerque, NM 87102
To donate online, go to https://www.unmfund.org/fund/eric-larson/
For more about the UNM Foundation, go to https://www.unmfund.org/about/
About Eric Larson
Eric Larson was a talented musician, songwriter, producer and sound engineer. He worked for many years in New Mexico, creating, engineering and producing advertising jingles and producing the incredible talent in New Mexico from his studio, Quincy Street Sound in Albuquerque.
In co-founding the New Mexico Music Industry Coalition, Eric’s goal was to create quality through competition. Up to that time, musicians, producers, engineers did not colaberate with one another. In fact, studio owners and producers discouraged the practice believing that recording techniques or secrets might be compromised.
Eric on the other hand, shared information freely, often trying out new equipment and passing his recommendations on to other engineers. The result was better recording studios. If it worked for engineers, it might work for musicians and producers as well.
The first year, the program had 68 entries and about 20 winners. As the program grew, the number of musicians and the quality of the music increased tenfold. Today, the awards program gets an average of 700 entries in 40 plus categories.
Eric Larson would later become an adjunct faculty member at UNM. He taught the most sought after recording courses ever for the music department and an advanced digital course. Eric’s recording classes were so popular and in such demand that there were waiting lists for multiple semesters in advance.
As well as an extraordinary freelance engineer and producer, Eric was a composer. He wrote compositions ranging from classical to contemporary. He also served as music director at his church.
His talent touched everything from advertising jingles, to rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, to classical music including the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Native American music and acoustic and flamenco guitar recordings.
One of his most exceptional qualities was his amazing ability to reach into the very heart and soul of the artists he worked with and to capture the very essence of their artistic abilities. The results of his efforts in the final product were always extraordinary.
In many respects, Eric Larson helped to shape the recording and music industry in New Mexico into what it is today. Thanks to Eric’s many contributions to the NM music industry, there is a thriving annual music awards program and his course curriculum continues to be taught at UNM. Most importantly, his legacy lives on through the many artists, composers and recording engineers he mentored and produced.