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National Music Centre is a non-profit, non-governmental, registered charity that relies on support from generous donors like you.

The National Music Centre (NMC) has a mission to amplify the love, sharing, and understanding of music. It is preserving and celebrating Canada’s music story inside its home at Studio Bell in the heart of the East Village in Mohkinstsis (Calgary) on Treaty 7 territory.

NMC is the home to four Canadian music halls of fame, including the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Quebec’s ADISQ Hall of Fame. Featuring musical instruments, artifacts, recording equipment, and memorabilia, the NMC Collection spans over 450 years of music history and innovation.

A registered charity with programs that include exhibitions, artist development, performance, and education, NMC is inspiring a new generation of music lovers. 

Learn more about the history of NMC here.

Our Mission

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

Our Vision

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


We will 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.

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We will foster 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 bring the stories of Canadian music to life.

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We will 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.

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

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We will promote the healing power of music through on-site programs and exhibitions that explore music’s extraordinary capacity to affect human health and well-being, as well as through initiatives and community partnerships to increase accessibility to music therapy, create job opportunities for music therapists, forge strong partnerships with healthcare providers and communities, and elevate awareness of the therapeutic potential of music.

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