The president and CEO of the National Music Centre said the organization will launch three online exhibitions in 2020 as the organization continues to study safety, costs and the sort of visitor experience it can offer patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a museum, The National Music Centre could have ostensibly been part of Alberta’s first stage of reopening the economy. But Andrew Mosker said that while the National Music Centre will likely reopen in a reduced manner “at some point this summer,” it will also shift to having a digital-first approach to new exhibits. Three new exhibitions are still planned for the organization, which is housed at Studio Bell. That’s a significant reduction from the nine exhibits launched in 2019. While there are no set dates for the new exhibitions, one will be dedicated to new Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductions. So far only Jann Arden has been announced as a 2020 inductee, but four more artists will also be honoured, Mosker says. There will also be exhibitions later this year focused on Indigenous music and one dedicated to music and healing.