National Music Centre

300-851 4 Street SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1P2
President & CEO: Andrew Mosker
Board Chair: Rob Braide

Charitable Reg. #:13640 7574 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 2/5]


Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Charities Directorate.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 66 cents are available for programs.

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About National Music Centre:

National Music Centre is a 2-star charity. It has reasonable overhead costs but is not financially transparent and has a below average results reporting grade. Before you give, read Charity Intelligence's report. 

The National Music Centre (NMC) is a museum and performance venue in Calgary, AB. NMC focuses on Collections and Programs. NMC has a collection of more than 2,000 pieces that help tell the stories of music in Canada. It also has a “living” collection of instruments that artists can access to make music. Along with these collections, NMC has an online collection that features 150 of its most popular pieces. NMC’s Programs include performances, education and youth programs, an Artist in Residence Program, music therapy, and an artist development program.

In F2021, NMC launched 4 new physical exhibitions and 3 digital exhibitions. It also added 251 new items to its collection in 2021. NMC’s living collection was used for 8,848 hours in F2021. NMC also held 50 recording hours over 118 days in F2021 and had 1,062 studio recording hours.

NMC served 2,547 artists in F2021. It held 67 live performances, 15 livestreams, and six co-productions. NMC released 16 online learning videos in F2021. It also hosted five artist residencies.

During F2021, NMC had 34,668 general admission visitors. Its live events and co-productions had 3,954 attendees. In F2021, total guests were 58,137, a 45% increase from F2020.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence did not find any quantified outcomes on National Music Centre’s website. This may not be a complete representation of NMC’s results and impact.

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National Music Centre received $5.0m in donations in F2020. Of this amount $3.4m was from related parties, which includes donors and companies that share common directors and/or officers with NMC. It also received $1.4m in government grants and $919k from sale of goods and services and rental income. Fundraising costs were 19% of donations and administrative costs were 14% of revenue in F2020. This results in total overhead spending of 34%. For every dollar donated to NMC, 66 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending.

NMC paid external fundraisers $1k in F2020, $25k in F2019, and $41k in F2018. It did not report how much was collected by these fundraisers. 

NMC reported grants of $297k in F2020, including $152k to NMC Music Foundation.

NMC had negative net funding reserves of ($53.8m) due to $13.2m in gross reserves along with $67.0m in long-term debt. This includes donor-endowed funds of $567k. Without this debt or endowed funds, it could cover its program costs at the F2020 for nearly 3 years with its funding reserves.

NMC has a 100% ownership in the King Eddy, a restaurant and live music venue. NMC recorded an equity gain (loss) of ($81k) in F2020, ($340k) in F2019, and ($370k) in F2018. This has been included in investment income.  

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by National Music Centre. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 19 2022, by Emily Downing.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 14.4%10.0%8.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 19.4%19.2%18.4%
Total overhead spending 33.8%29.3%26.5%
Program cost coverage (%) (999.9%)(889.2%)(999.9%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,0458,1709,025
Government funding 1,4414252,334
Business activities (net) 9194,0863,908
Investment income 858(108)(350)
Other income 183(691)0
Total revenues 8,44611,88214,917
Program costs 4,1235,9755,432
Grants 29766174
Administrative costs 1,0921,2031,238
Fundraising costs 9781,5721,657
Other costs 2,3932,7203,003
Total spending 8,88311,53511,505
Cash flow from operations (438)3473,412
Capital spending 513259830
Funding reserves (53,759)(52,898)(67,743)

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred capital contributions, amoritization of deferred capital contributions, amoritization to revenue from disposal of rental property, and deferred contributions. This affected total revenues by ($4.6m) in F2020, ($13.5m) in F2019, and ($1.5m) in F2018. Ci reported gain (loss) on disposal rental property as other income, affecting revenues by $183k in F2020, ($691k) in F2019, and $0 in F2018. Ci reported amortization as a non-cash expense, affecting total expenses by $7.3k in F2020, $7.9k in F2019, and $8.4m in F2018. Ci included interest expenses as other, affecting total expenses by $3.4m in F2020, $2.7m in F2019, and $3.0m in F2018. Ci used NMC’s T3010 filing with the CRA to report grant information. Ci backed out grants from program costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 27

Avg. compensation: $95,033

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2020

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001