CALGARY, Feb. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the National Music Centre (NMC)
broke ground on its new 160,000 square-foot building in downtown
Calgary's East Village. The Centre will be home to the history of music
in Canada, including the country's most impressive collection of
musical instruments and sound equipment, the Canadian Music Hall of
Fame, and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Collection. It will
also include performance spaces, recording studios, broadcast
facilities, the Rolling Stones' mobile recording studio, and
artist-in-residence programs - as well as Calgary's famed King Eddy
"Today, we are taking an important step in moving Canada's National
Music Centre from vision to reality. I would like to thank our funding
partners at all three levels of government who share this vision," said
Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of the National Music Centre.
"This is a proud moment for NMC, for Calgary and for all of Canada, and
I encourage all Canadians to play their part for Canada's National
- Andrew Mosker, President and CEO, National Music Centre
Anne Murray, Canadian icon and NMC Honourary Patron, spoke about her
support for the Centre. "Access to music - music history, education and
appreciation - has been so important to me throughout my life. I am
thrilled to be involved in a project that invites all Canadians to
discover and appreciate the history and culture of music in our
"The National Music Centre will share our rich musical heritage and
world-class Canadian talent in a state-of-the-art downtown venue,"
declared the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship,
Immigration and Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament for Calgary
Southeast. "Our Government is proud to support this inspiring
initiative that will promote Canadian culture, create jobs and drive
economic growth in Alberta."
"Music is the celebration of life and one of Alberta's finest exports,"
said Alberta Premier Alison Redford. "The beautiful new National Music
Centre will be home to many of Canada's treasured musical legacies
while providing opportunity to foster a new generation of musicians and
audiences. The Government of Alberta is proud to support this important
"On behalf of The City of Calgary, I am proud of the investment we've
made in the expansion and continued development of the National Music
Centre," said Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary. "This will be a unique
and important institution for all music-loving Calgarians including
artists, students, educators, historians, and their families."
The campaign goal for the project is $150 million, and the building is
scheduled to be complete in 2015. The new building will allow more
Canadians than ever to be part of NMC's vision to amplify the love,
sharing and understanding of music in Canada.
The sod turning celebration continues Friday evening with a public
concert at the Golden Age Club in Calgary's East Village, with live
music by local artists including the Bobby Kork Orchestra, the High
Kicks, Matt Masters and The Gentlemen of the Rodeo, and the King Eddy
About the National Music Centre
The National Music Centre is committed to amplifying the love, sharing
and understanding of music. Its vision is to become a national catalyst
for discovery, innovation and renewal through music. NMC is home to the
histories and memories of music in Canada, with a growing collection of
unique and iconic musical instruments and sound equipment. Through
partnerships with the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences,
and the Canadian Country Music Association, NMC will also be home to
their respective halls of fame which celebrate Canadian achievement in
music. NMC currently reaches more than 75,000 people each year through
its collections, performance spaces and programs.
Visit www.nmc.ca for more information about NMC.
About the new National Music Centre building
The new National Music Centre will be a 160,000 square-foot,
architecturally stunning destination in the heart of Calgary. Spanning
4th Street SE, the building will be a gateway into a revitalized East
Village - an innovative community reinventing itself as the newest,
oldest, coolest, warmest neighbourhood in town. Designed by Allied
Works Architecture under the direction of Brad Cloepfil, the new NMC
will resonate with expanded programming including education,
performance, entertainment, recording, artist incubation and community
building collaborations - both in Calgary and across the country. An
expanded National Music Collection will be showcased in exhibitions
designed by the internationally renowned firm Haley Sharpe Design.
Visit www.nmc.ca/media for more information about the new building.
About the project funding
The campaign total for the National Music Centre is $150 million: $135
million for the building project and $15 million for related
development and programming costs. Three levels of government have
committed a total of $75 million. The Government of Canada is
finalizing a contribution agreement with the National Music Centre and
will contribute up to one-third of total eligible costs, to a maximum
of $25 million towards this project through the Building Canada Fund -
Major Infrastructure Component. The Province of Alberta and the City of
Calgary have also each committed up to $25 million. To date NMC has
raised an additional $22 million, for a total of $97 million. NMC is
raising the remaining funds with support from the private sector and
philanthropic organizations across Canada.
SOURCE: National Music Centre
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