Van Wielingen Family donates $1 million to the National Music Centre

September 17, 2014

An artistic rendering of the building in the daytime.

The National Music Centre (NMC) has received a gift of $1 million from Mac and Susan Van Wielingen.

The gift will be used to support the new NMC building, with $800,000 being directed towards the construction of the new building in Calgary’s East Village, and $200,000 being used to support music programming for the centre.

“Susan and I first became involved with the National Music Centre project through their architectural competition and in the last few years we have been incredibly impressed. This project is transformational for Calgary, and we felt it was important to show our support. NMC is more than a beautiful building – it will be an important part of Calgary’s brand and economy looking forward.” said Mac Van Wielingen.

Viewpoint Foundation is the Van Wielingen’s private family foundation with a long history of supporting projects focused on community engagement and education.

“Susan and Mac have been inspiring supporters. Their warmth and philanthropic leadership, is only matched by their business savvy and commitment to building better future leaders and a better Calgary. We share in their commitment to education and the transformative power of the arts,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of NMC.

Opening in 2016, the NMC building will cost $168 million, and NMC has raised over $100 million to construct the 160,000 square foot cultural space that is referred to as the home for music in Canada. With interactive education and community outreach programming, artist incubation, engaging exhibitions and performances daily, NMC will become a hub of music for Calgary and Canada.


About the National Music Centre

The National Music Centre is the home for music in Canada and its mission is to amplify the love, sharing, and understanding of music. The new National Music Centre will be a 160,000 square-foot, architecturally stunning destination in the heart of Calgary’s East Village. It will resonate with expanded programming including education, performance, artist development, and community building collaborations. Learn more at

About the Author

Julijana Capone

Originally from Winnipeg, Julijana is NMC’s senior publicist and the managing editor of Amplify. In addition to her role at NMC, she is the founder of Light of Day Publicity, a company she formed to promote the work of emerging Canadian artists.

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