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National Music Centre

The National Music Centre (NMC) gives Canada a home that amplifies the love, sharing and understanding of music. Located in Studio Bell, we preserve and celebrate Canada’s music story and inspire a new generation of music lovers through public programs, education, live performances, artist development, exhibitions and collections.

Our Story

Why We Exist

Our Mission
To give Canada a place that amplifies the love, sharing and understanding of music.

Our Vision
To be a national catalyst for discovery, innovation and renewal through music.

NMC is the only national charitable organization that celebrates and preserves music in Canada. In a relatively short time, NMC has become a hub for Calgary’s music scene, and is building bridges to music communities across Canada. Entrepreneurial, accessible, and connected, NMC works with multiple partners to create opportunities for Canadians to experience compelling and engaging live music of all genres, to learn the history of musical artifacts associated with Canada, and nurture the next generation of Canadian composers, performers, and musicians. NMC provides a home to connect, learn more about music and culture, and ultimately, each other.

NMC operates on the traditional lands of the peoples of the Treaty 7 region, which include the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The area is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3. NMC acknowledges and pays respect to the original custodians of these territories and is committed to working with Indigenous communities in Calgary and area in a spirit of collaboration and reconciliation


Our Impact

What We Do

Since opening the doors of Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, on Canada Day 2016, we have welcomed over 250,000 visitors from around the world, inspired over 30,000 students through our education programs, invited artists in residence to use our living collection to create new music, opened several special exhibitions, hosted more than 1,000 events, and partnered with dozens of community organizations. Our mission, to amplify the love, sharing and understanding of music, is taking root in our province, and our position as the home for music in Canada is getting stronger every day.

Some key highlights from 2018:

  • Over 124,000 visitors to Studio Bell (up from 117,000 in 2017)
  • Record-setting attendance on Canada Day (nearly 12,000)
  • Piloted new programs to reach diverse audiences: Seniors’ Jam Club, NMC Presents concert series, and Summer Camps
  • Hosted 55 artists for professional development programs and residencies
  • Inspired over 14,400 students in our education programs
  • Hosted 196 events and concerts
  • Opened 6 new exhibitions
  • Recorded over 800 hours of new music in our studios
  • Captured 92 oral histories
  • Broadened our national reach with a new partnership to bring ADISQ’s Hall of Fame to Studio Bell.

Our Programs

How We Do It

Programming at NMC is innovative, diverse, inclusive, and collaborative. NMC reaches music lovers through programs and exhibitions, including a wide demographic of people from elementary school children to professional musicians. Providing the community with programming that celebrates the power of music for over a decade, NMC is a champion for music in Calgary, Canada and beyond.

We preserve Canadian culture and identity by sustaining our musical heritage. Our exhibitions exist to share the sounds, stories, instruments, and artifacts of our past and present in an innovative and engaging format accessible to all.

We foster emerging and established musical talent. Our artist development programs offer artists time and space to create, experiment, innovate, and record in our world class recording environment. Artists also have access to our living collection of historic instruments, legendary recording equipment, and expertise.

We elevate the live performance experience for diverse audiences large and small. Our performance venues, including the Performance Hall and historic King Eddy — host local, national, and international artists from across the musical spectrum.

We inspire curiosity, discovery, and learning through music. Our education programs offer a diverse range of inclusive and collaborative learning opportunities for music lovers of all ages and backgrounds. From our school programs designed for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 to our Master in Residence program, we foster lifelong learning through music.


Our Requests

What You Can Do

When you invest in music, you invest in community.

When you make a donation to NMC, you help preserve the sounds and stories of music in Canada through interactive exhibitions and Canada’s most diverse collection of musical artifacts and technology. You help shape the sounds of our future by providing music education programs, world-class artist development programs, and one-of-a-kind opportunities for collaboration. And, you help build a stronger, more vibrant Calgary for those who call this great city home and for all who visit.

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Phil Grace

National Music Centre


Charitable Number: 136407574RR0001

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