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



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

About NMC

The National Music Centre (NMC) is a national catalyst for discovery, innovation and renewal through music. In our new home at Studio Bell, we will preserve and celebrate Canada’s music story and inspire a new generation of music lovers through programming that includes on-site and outreach education programsperformances, artist incubation and exhibitions.

Learn more about Studio Bell here.

Our Exhibitions

What if visiting a museum was as exciting as going to a music festival? That sense of excitement, discovering new artists, hearing new sounds and celebrating with friends, this is the approach NMC is taking to developing the exhibitions for our new building. Learn more

Our Collection

NMC collects artifacts that represent the history of music technology and tell the story of music in Canada. Our collection philosophy is based on accessibility, which brings our collections to life and invites the exploration of sound and history to create new music. Our collection is comprised of more than 2,000 pieces and will be on display to the public and available to artists in residence when we open in 2016. Learn more

Our Programs

Programming at NMC is innovative, diverse, inclusive, and collaborative. NMC reaches music lovers through programs and exhibitions, including a wide demographic of people from children to professional musicians. NMC delivers programming in four streams: educationexhibitions, incubation and performance.

Our programs are designed to:

  • Provide original and inspiring experiences for all ages.
  • Create access to NMC’s exceptional collection.
  • Draw on NMC’s rich partnerships, at the regional, national and international levels.
  • Provide creative opportunities for musicians, researchers and technicians.


NMC is preparing to move into a new 160,000 square foot facility in Calgary's East Village. In 2015, we are bringing our musicians and instruments right to your classroom with new in-school programs!

Our Collection

There are over 2,000 artifacts in NMC’s collection, which represent the history of music technology and tell the story of music in Canada.

Support NMC

There is an urgent need to preserve and celebrate our music history. If we don’t share these stories, who will?

Buy A Brick

Purchase a King Eddy brick and support the National Music Centre while making history!

Frequently Asked Questions

Got a question about who we are and what we do? We’ve got answers.