F.A.Q.

What are the New Mexico Music Awards?
How do I enter?
Where can I get entry forms?
How much is the entry fee?
When are the deadlines for entering?

What if there is a problem with my entry?
How do I know if I am a finalist?
Can I perform at the awards banquet?
How will I know if I won?
How are the awards judged?
Who does the judging?
Can I be become part of the judging?
Can I advertise with the NMMA?
Are there other ways I can help?


What are the New Mexico Music Awards?
The New Mexico Music Awards are an annual competition for original productions recorded and mixed primarily in New Mexico between January 1st and December 31st of the previous calendar year. An awards banquet is held in the spring where awards for each category are presented in a Grammy style ceremony. Live music and guest presenters are always featured attractions.

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How do I enter?
Just read the rules and fill out the entry form carefully and make sure that you have attached the coupon to your recording. A copy of your entry must be submitted on CD with full payment by the entry deadlines. Please, only one category per entry form. One song can be entered into multiple categories or multiple songs can be entered into a single category but each entry must be accompanied by an entry form and fee. You may enter as many times as you like.

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Where can I get entry forms?
The entry form is in available in an MS Word format and as a pdf on our website and may also be available at our drop off locations. These forms may be photocopied.

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How much is the entry fee?
The entry fee for the 2013 awards program has not yet been set and will be announced in December of 2012. This applies to both single length and full-length entries.

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When are the deadlines for entering?
Entry deadlines for the 2014 awards program are January 31st, 2014  by mail or online and in person at one of our drop off locations by February 7th, 2014

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What if there is a problem with my entry?
All entries are reviewed as they are received. If there is a problem with the audio recording or questions about the entry information someone will contact you via your contact e-mail or by telephone.

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How do I know if I am a finalist?
Finalists names will be posted on the web site at the conclusion of preliminary judging, usually by April 1st.

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Can I perform at the awards banquet?
Performances for our banquet and show are selected from finalists, except in the case of performances by invited guests. You may apply to perform if you are a finalist in this year’s awards program. To apply, e-mail us at contactnewmexicomusicawards@gmail.com after April 15th.

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How will I know if I won?
Winners are announced and awards are presented at the banquet on Saturday, May 31st, 2014. If you cannot attend the banquet, a list of winners will posted at this site the night of the awards ceremony.

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How are the awards judged?
Because the awards program seeks to promote excellence in original music productions, categories are judged primarily on production, performance and composition. Performance specific categories like Best Vocal or Best Arrangement are judged on their respective criteria only. Full length categories are judged on the whole package, from production and marketing to performance and composition as well as the commercial viability of a project.

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Who does the judging?
Preliminary judges come from a pool of local music industry professionals including musicians, songwriters, producers, recording engineers, music publishers, booking agents, program and music directors, talent coordinators and music marketing professionals. Final judging is done by music industry professionals from outside the state of New Mexico.

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Can I be become part of the judging?
We are always in need of New Mexico Music Industry Professionals to assist with the preliminary judging. Contact contactnewmexicomusicawards@gmail.com with your request and we’ll consider you as a preliminary judge. Prospective judges must not have an affiliation with any category that they may be judging.

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Can I advertise with the NMMA?
Yes there are a number of sponsorship packages available. Please go to http://newmexicomusicawards.com/advertising.htm for more info.

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Are there other ways I can help?
We are always in need of people to do the heavy lifting as the banquet draws near, from picking up the entries from our retail drop off locations to cataloging the entries to assisting with registering the guests on the day of the banquet. Contact us at contactnewmexicomusicawards@gmail.com and we’ll get you involved.

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