The Awards are open to original recordings produced, recorded and mixed primarily within the state of New Mexico between January 1st and December 31st, 2020. This means that all productions, amateur or professional, must have been primarily recorded, mixed and produced at a home or professional studio within the state of New Mexico.

The NMMA must be able to verify the recording location via physical address of the recording and/or production studio. Contact information for the recording/production studio, home or commercial, must be provided on the entry form.

Recording, production and/or copyright dates or release dates will be used to determine the eligibility of each entry. Entrants must be able to verify copyright ownership of original material or recordings entered.

Recordings or materials submitted to the NMMA in previous years are not eligible. Re-recording of previous year(s) entries may not be entered into any category including the “Best Cover Song” category.

Entry Process

You may use our digital process by filling out the e-form online and uploading your audio or video submissions to our secure cloud account. and pay for entries online via credit card through our secure Paypal account. Each entry must be correctly identified and labeled with the title of the work and entrant.

You may also choose to download the pdf or docx form, fill it out and mail it in with your submissions (recordings) and payment via check or money order. Each entry form must contain contact information for the entrant and studio where the production was recorded.

Please print clearly on the paper entry forms. Illegible or incomplete entry forms may cause the entry to be disqualified. Mis-categorized entries may be disqualified. Mail in entry forms must accompany the recording and the lower portion of the entry form must be attached to the physical entry. Rubber bands used to attach these labels are preferred. Mislabeled CD’s or CD’s with playback audio problems may be disqualified.

A Compact Disc (CD) may contain material for more than one entry in single length categories. An entry form for each entry on the disc must accompany the disc. The name of the entrant must be printed clearly on the face of the CD. Titles for each entry must be clearly printed on the CD or case and an index of the CD tracks should also be provided. Multiple entries will be allowed only on properly indexed compact discs.

Video entries may be submitted on a DVD and in a recognized PC format such .mp4 or .mov. Links to videos online may also be used as entries.

Entries for full length CD categories require at least one additional CD for the purposes of judging. Full-length entries must be commercially available at the time of entry. Commercially available is defined as packaged for retail sales including a UPC code and available for sale to the general public either through retail outlets or online or available online as a digital download.


Contact is the name of the person responsible for the entry. Should questions or problems with the entry arise, there needs to be one point of contact for the entry so that any issues may be resolved quickly.

Entrant is defined as the person submitting the entries. Entries without contact information for the entrant will be disqualified. Multiple entries may be mailed in a single package.

Title is the name of the song or full length project entered.

Producer is the person responsible for the production or overall look and sound of the project. This may be the artist or an independent producer

Single length entry is one song entered into a particular category. The song may be entered into multiple categories, but an entry fee must accompany entry into each category.

Full length entry is any entry that contains multiple songs as an entry into a full length category like “Best of the Year” or “Best Country CD” This entry is judged as a whole project against other full length projects in the same category.

Category is the genre, performance or production you are entering your song or project into. You may see a complete list of categories here.

Writer(s) are the composers of the music entered.

Recording Engineers are the recording engineers involved in recording the project.

Mastering Engineers are the company or engineers mastering the project for release.

Technical Assistance may include assistant recording and mastering engineers, location assistance, video production and editing or any other technical assistance necessary to complete the project.

Studio information (Name, address, phone and e-mail) This information is necessary to verify that the project was recorded and produced in New Mexico.

Certification A legal signature is required as proof of acceptance and understanding NMMA rules and proof of ownership of the music or video. This certification is used in the event of any ownership dispute.


An entry fee of $27.00 (includes applicable sale tax) per entry is required. Any digital upload or physical song or CD entered in multiple categories requires an entry fee for each category entered. Entry fees may be paid online through our secure PayPal system or via check or money order made payable to New Mexico Music Awards (NMMA). CASH WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Returned checks will render that entry ineligible and a returned check fee of $15.00 will be charged. Multiple entries must be submitted together with one check or money order for the total amount of all entry fees. Entry fees are not refundable.


Mail in entries must be postmarked by January 31st, 2021. Mail your entries to NMMA, PO Box 6552, Albuquerque, NM 87197. Entries will not be returned.

E-form entries must be received by February 7th, 2021. Payment for e-form entries will be processed through our secure PayPal account.


Entrant gives the NMMA permission to use their music, likeness, artwork, video and website for the sole purpose of promoting the New Mexico Music Awards program. Your music will never be sold or marketed to a third party.

Awards will be presented at a banquet in May of 2021 (Time and date TBD). You need not be present to win. Entry into the Awards program does not guarantee entry into the banquet. Banquet attendance requires purchase of a separate ticket. Seating is limited. One (1) trophy per category will be presented. Additional trophies will be available for purchase for thirty (30) days after the awards banquet. Only NMMA winning participants are eligible to purchase duplicate trophies.

View sample form here.