Since its inception, the New Mexico Music Awards has provided free workshops throughout New Mexico on everything from copyright and publishing to tech workshops for musicians looking to better understand their instrument.

Over the years we have had some incredible guest artists present for us. Songwriter and Grammy nominee Harriott Schock (Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady) who has written for film and TV was an early presenter as was Capitol Records producer Nick Venet who worked with Glen Campbell, Jim Croce, Linda Rondstadt and even Mel Brooks. Albuquerque native and session guitarist Tim Pierce, ( Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart, Demi Lovato and more) has participated in our programs. Music director for Rascal Flatts, Jim Riley, gave an incredible drumming workshop. New Mexico Symphony Orchestra percussionist Douglas Cardwell taught attendees how to tune their drums. Jazz guitarist and Tonight show bandleader Kevin Eubanks answered questions about guitar technique and legendary bassist and studio musician Nathan East led a bass workshop as did LoCash music director Zach Fowler. Grammy Award winning recording engineer J Douglas Geist regularly teaches recording, pre and post production workshops and NMMA producer and songwriter Jose Antonio Ponce has taught songwriting, publishing, money, copyright, film, contract and performance workshops.

Our workshops have ranged from “How to tune your guitar” to “Getting your music into the movies.” We have partnered with the New Mexico Jazz Workshop, Grandma’s Music, the City of Albuquerque, the New Mexico Music Commission and others to bring workshops to every corner of the state. Best of all, these sponsored workshops are free to the participants

While the New Mexico Music Awards makes a big splash each year with our banquet and show, out heart and soul are in our workshops. Here’s a list of some of the workshops the NMMA currently produces.

  • Why Music Matters
  • Everything you wanted to know about the music business, but were afraid to ask
  • Copyright & Publishing
  • Closing the Deal
  • Marketing 101
  • Telling Your Story
  • Contracts
  • Booking
  • Re-booting Your Career
  • Marketing to film & television
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Songwriting
  • Recording 101
  • Money management
  • Therapeutic Songwriting Workshops