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.
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 programs, performances, artist incubation and 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.
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 is on display to the public and available to artists in residence. Learn more
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: education, exhibitions, incubation and performance.
Our programs are designed to:
Explore Studio Bell through hands-on, minds-on, and ears-on curriculum based programs for teachers and students.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.Got a question about who we are and what we do? We’ve got answers.
- 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.