Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference
2016 MARIACHI CONFERENCE CANCELED DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION NUMBERS
LAS CRUCES, NM – The 2016 Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference (LCIMC) has been canceled due to very low registration numbers.
The conference, which was set to take place October 12-16, has traditionally seen a relatively large number of workshop participants for the annual conference. However, with less than a month to go, the amount of registrations received was far too low to make the workshops viable. A lack of workshop registrations and sponsorships for the planned LCIMC has made it very difficult to schedule instructors and events and ensure that all costs will be covered.
The Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference is committed to provide professional and quality mariachi workshops for musicians, vocalists, and dancers. Therefore, The Board of Directors has made the very difficult decision to cancel the planned LCIMC.
The LCIMC board of directors made the difficult decision earlier this week, but they have also resolved to hold the conference in 2017, hopefully in November, as they had in previous years. Recent fundraising efforts by the LCIMC planning committees have secured funds that can still be used to go to the benefit of the students as they plan for a 2017 conference.
“I am very excited and confident in planning the 2017 Mariachi Conference. The community continues to express how much they miss this event, there is a void, and we will work hard this next year to put together a great educational experience for our participants and a vibrant production together for the community,” said Robert Palacios, Interim Director for the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference. “With that said, we do depend on volunteers from the community and sponsorships from businesses to make our conferences possible.”
Mariachi Sundays, an annual draw during the fall months, will still continue as planned. The Sunday performances feature local talent from the region at the Mesilla Plaza, and include mariachis, vocalists, and folklorico dancers. The board remains committed to its mission of providing education and performance opportunities for mariachi musicians, vocalists, and folkloric dancers. As such, the conference will continue to seek sponsorships and grants and have fundraising events in the future to help achieve its mission.
The LCIMC wishes to thank all the individuals and businesses that have supported us in the past who have made a difference in the lives of many musicians, vocalists and dancers.
For more information about the LCIMC, or Mariachi Sundays, please call the LCIMC office at (575) 525-1735.