Statement on COVID-19

Message from Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of National Music Centre

May 6, 2020

Dear friends and family of the National Music Centre (NMC),

On behalf of the staff and volunteers at NMC, we thank our courageous front-line health care workers and all Albertans for sacrificing so much and working very hard to implement the guidelines set by Alberta Health Services (AHS) to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. You’re all heroes! Because of your collective efforts to stay home, practice safe physical distancing and good hand hygiene, we have managed to flatten the curve of infections throughout the province, well below earlier projections. Although the situation is far from over, this news gives us hope that we are heading in the right direction. Thank you so much.

Recently, the Government of Alberta announced a three-stage relaunch strategy with the first stage starting as early as May 14 if criteria related to infection numbers, hospitalization, and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) occupancy remains low. You can read more about Alberta’s relaunch strategy here.

Museums such as Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, are included in Stage One of relaunch, and will be clear to open if our organization feels it is prudent to do so. However, after much consideration, NMC leadership has decided that May 14 is too soon to reopen Studio Bell.

Our three main considerations for reopening are:

  1. Can we ensure the highest level of safety for our visitors, staff, and volunteers?
  2. Can we ensure a first-rate experience for our visitors while continuing to follow the State of Local Emergency and the guidelines set out by Alberta Health Services (ie. physical distancing of two meters per person and gatherings of 15 people or less)
  3. Will our audience be ready to re-engage in public activities and return to Studio Bell?

We are proceeding with cautious optimism and are continuing to evaluate a variety of scenarios for reopening Studio Bell when it is safe and economically viable to do so. We are carefully considering many aspects of our own relaunch strategy by balancing on-going operational costs with the benefits for ensuring a safe and successful opening. We will provide another update to the public again once we have decided on an opening date that works for National Music Centre.

In the meantime, we have accelerated our digital strategy and brought more of the National Music Centre experience online. We launched a 16-week NMC Learning at Home series for families, featuring fun and innovative programming that mirrors our on-site education programs. We have been sharing videos of past live performances and interviews, publishing articles about the incredible stories of music in Canada, and delving into NMC’s vast collections of historic musical instruments, equipment and memorabilia on our online magazine, Amplify. Each week, we’ll continue to add new posts for our audience to learn, explore, and enjoy from the safety of home.

National Music Centre is a non-governmental, non-profit registered charitable organization and we rely on earned revenue and donations to keep sharing and developing Canada’s national music story from our home base in Calgary, Alberta. We need your support now more than ever. Please consider supporting in one of the following ways:

Please remember, by supporting our charitable efforts, you are helping to ensure a sustainable future for National Music Centre and its programs that bring people together through the power and spirit of music. Throughout COVID-19, we have seen how music has played such an important role in bringing happiness, comfort and healing to so many during this unprecedented time of need, and we are eager to continue NMC’s services so that we can support and ultimately play a larger role in helping to re-build our community here in Calgary and beyond.

We remain hopeful that we’re going to get through this together and look forward to welcoming you back to Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, in the future.

Stay Safe/Portez-Vous Bien,

Andrew Mosker
President & CEO
Président-Chef de la Direction
National Music Centre
Centre National de Musique