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National Music Centre permanently lays off 30 staff members

The National Music Centre is reopening Aug. 15, 2020. (CREDIT: nmc.ca)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — The National Music Centre (NMC) has permanently laid off dozens of employees.

When the pandemic caused the NMC to close back in March, 77 per cent of staff were temporarily laid off.

Some employees have been brought back with the centre reopening part-time, but as they see only 25 per cent of their normal visitors, CEO Andrew Mosker says they have no other choice but to permanently lay off 30 full and part-time staff members.

“On behalf of the NMC Board of Directors, our Leadership team and myself personally, we do not take this decision lightly,” he said.

“The difficult decisions made today are painful but will help ensure a more resilient National Music Centre for future generations to benefit from and enjoy.

“We are confident that eventually, the pandemic and its devastation on our sector will subside.”

The NMC relies on donations from the public and it may take upwards of three years to return to previous levels of operation.

The centre reopened partially on August 15, but is only operating on weekends at this time.