This new digital platform will kick off with 150 of NMC’s top collection items viewable online in celebration of Canada 150.
NMC stewards one of the most impressive music collections in the world, including over 2,000 historic musical instruments, artifacts, and Canadian music memorabilia, which collectively spans over 450 years of music history, technology and innovation.
NMC Collections Online will be an important and accessible resource for a wide audience, that includes the general public, students interested in music and music history, industry, artists and producers from around the world, aspiring participants in NMC’s Artist in Residence program, and various scholarly and cultural institutions.
NMC believes that this resource will open up future collaborations, more national and international interest in its unique collection, and raise awareness of the need to preserve musical artifacts and our Canadian musical heritage.
“The National Music Centre has long been a quiet leader in artifact accessibility, and by committing to placing this wealth of valuable research and content online, we are fulfilling an element of our national mandate to be widely seen as an national and international resource for musicians, writers, scholars, collectors
and museums,” said Jesse Moffatt, NMC’s Director of Collections. “We have worked on this project since 2014 and we are eager to grow its depth and breadth and share it with the world.”
NMC Collections Online is accessible by visiting collections.nmc.ca via any web-enabled device. Music fans and gearheads can browse the database or register for a free account to customize their experience, save their favourite collection items, and share them on social media.
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre | 850 4 Street SE Calgary, AB T2G 1R1 @nmc_canada #StudioBell studiobell.ca
Detailed Photos of each collection item will be accompanied by information on its year of production, country of origin, pertinent cultural, technical and historical information and, where applicable, the famous music-makers that have been associated with each artifact. Currently, 150 collection items are available to view online. The public will be able to view over 300 records by the end of 2017.
About Studio Bell
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, is a new state-of-the art facility designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture (Portland/New York). An international hub for music and technology, Studio Bell is the first national cultural institution of its kind dedicated to celebrating music in Canada in all of its forms. More than a museum, Studio Bell rises in nine interlocking towers, clad in glazed terra cotta in the heart of Calgary’s East Village. The 160,000 square-foot building includes five floors of exhibition space, a 2000+ piece collection of artifacts, instruments and music technology, and other features including recording facilities, workshops, classrooms, an event space, and a 300-seat performance hall. For more information, please visit studiobell.ca.
About the National Music Centre
The National Music Centre (NMC) is a national catalyst for discovery, innovation and renewal through music. NMC 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. For more information, please visit nmc.ca.