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Call for music award entries

The New Mexico Music Awards will be accepting entries for the 2015 awards program for music produced in New Mexico, now until Feb. 7. The entries are open to all songwriters, artists, producers, engineers and other music industry professionals.
 The New Mexico Music Awards is celebrating its 28th year of recognizing excellence in recorded music in New Mexico. The annual awards show and banquet will be May 30 at the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque. The music awards program is open to both amateur and professional musicians from throughout the state of New Mexico.
 The awards program features 42 music categories in genres including Jazz, Pop, Country, Latin, Americana, Rock, Rap and the Norman Petty Producer’s award. Someone will be honored from the New Mexico Music community with the Eric Larson Lifetime Achievement Award and a moment to remember those New Mexico music professionals who have passed away this past year.
The NMMA created in 2005 and and currently maintains the Eric Larson Endowment at the University of New Mexico. This year’s recipient is Briana Reed, a junior at UNM.
For category designations, rules, entry forms and information on how enter, go to newmexicomusicawards.com.  

Meeting focuses on wildfires and rare plants

The Santa Fe Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico presents a free talk, along with the monthly meeting Jan. 21.
The talk will be “Impacts of wildfire on rare plants in the Gila and Lincoln National Forests” by Daniela Roth, Botany Program Coordinator for New Mexico Forestry.
Roth spent 12 years in the backcountry of the Navajo Nation researching the status and distribution of rare plants for the Navajo Natural Heritage Program. She then worked for the USFWS on endangered plant recovery and conservation in southern Utah for three years before moving to New Mexico to become the new state botanist.
The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 1701 Arroyo Chamiso in Santa Fe. Meetings and talks are free and open to all.
For more information email tom@thomasantonio.org or call 690-5105.

Call for New Mexico jazz workshop

The New Mexico Jazz Workshop invites all New Mexico-based bands to apply for consideration to perform on the new Saturday night summer series, “Under The Stars.”  Applications are being accepted for all genres to apply now through Feb. 6.  
Submission criteria and an online application can be found at nmjazz.org/perform-1.aspx.  Applications will only be accepted through the online submission process.
The showcase will include New Mexico’s musicians from a variety of styles. Anyone who plays gospel, indie/folk, tango, R&B/funk, blues, rock and, of course, jazz, are encouraged to apply.
The “Under The Stars” concert series will be at the Albuquerque Museum of Art’s outdoor amphitheater weekend during the summer months.
For more information, contact Vicki Dugger at the N.M. Jazz Workshop at vicki@nmjazz.org.

Film, arts groups partner up for showcase

The New Mexico Film Foundation (NMFF) and the Southwest Arts Group (SWAG) have partnered together to present the New Mexico Actors’ Showcase, an evening highlighting and celebrating New Mexico talent.
The event revolves around an acting competition designed to demonstrate the base of acting talent that exists in New Mexico. The event also features song and dance performances by the talented SWAG troupe.   
“We are really excited to provide New Mexico actors a platform to showcase their talent, especially in light of the growing film industry in New Mexico. Plus, we are thrilled to have SWAG join us and provide their talents to this event,” said Michael Guajardo, showcase executive show producer.
Between Jan. 9 through Feb. 1, New Mexico actors can submit a one-minute video scene for consideration in one of three categories based on acting experience. A fourth category will be included for child actors.
Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will select the top 20 submissions based on acting merit and the professionalism of the submission.
The finalists will be invited to perform live in front of an audience and industry professionals to compete for top honors and prizes that are designed to help the actors further their acting careers. Judges at the event will include casting directors, talent agents and film directors.
For more information on video submissions, actors should visit the New Mexico Film Foundation website at nmfilmfoundation.org.
The Actors’ Showcase will be March 14 at the African American Performing Arts Center in Albuquerque. Tickets will go on sale to the public in February.