CALGARY, ALTA. — The National Music Centre (NMC) in Calgary's East Village recently received a major injection of cash from Ottawa, to the tune of $5 million.
The funding, provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, supported the final stages of construction of Studio Bell, home of the NMC.
The funds helped build three recording studios to be used by artists-in-residence, an integrated ticketing system, exhibition spaces, electrical, audiovisual and mechanical systems, and "Solar Drones," a public art piece.
The centre is also home to the onsite Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Collection and Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
According to Studio Bell, since construction started on the $191-million project in 2013, the NMC has delivered 380 jobs to the province and has contributed $22 million to the overall GDP.
"Our government is proud to support the National Music Centre, home to our country's most comprehensive collection of musical treasures and artifacts, as it continues to ignite creativity in visitors of all ages and showcase the many creators and pioneers who have made their mark on Canadian music," said Heritage Minister Melanie Joly in a press release.
The NMC started in 2012, though the organization had existed in various ways for 25 years.
Studio Bell was designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture. It is the first national cultural institution of its kind dedicated to celebrating music in Canada in all of its forms, the release reads.
The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation, as well as the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, and the acquisition of specialized equipment.