May 28, 2015
The National Music Centre (NMC) is pleased to announce that BMO Financial Group (BMO) has donated $1 million to the organization’s capital campaign.
The investment will be used towards naming a second-floor gallery in the new NMC building, recently named Studio Bell, which is currently under construction.
The gallery space will be called BMO Soundscapes. This immersive 360-degree audio-visual experience will explore Canada’s music, culture and landscape. This “living photo” will represent the music mosaic of Canada and invite discussion and engagement with visitors.
“At BMO, we recognize the value of bringing together the communities in which we live and play, and are committed to investing in cultural institutions such as the National Music Centre that unite Canadians across the country in a meaningful way,” said Susan Brown, Senior Vice-President, Alberta and NWT Division, BMO Bank of Montreal.
“We are thrilled to be celebrating the impact of Canadian landscape on our musical experience in partnership with BMO, an organization with incredible historical depth and a long-standing commitment to culture in Canada,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of NMC.
Construction on Studio Bell began in early 2013 and remains on schedule to open in the spring of 2016. The project will cost $168 million, and NMC has raised over $126 million to construct the 160,000 square foot cultural space. With interactive education programming, artist incubation, engaging exhibitions and performances, NMC will become a hub for music in Calgary’s East Village.