The Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

The Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

The Guthman Musical Instrument Competition is one of the only competitions of its kind: an event dedicated to identifying the newest and greatest ideas in music. Every year, we invite musical inventors from around the world to share their creations and ideas about the future of music.

The 2021 competition will be a fully online event, featuring instrument makers submitting their creations from all over the world. Viewers will be able to watch and vote on their favorites, while judges choose the winners for a special celebration culminating in March of 2021.

One man playing a trumpet, while another man plays a harp/guitar hybrid with a tie dye design.

This Year's Competition

This year's format is a departure from the Guthman Competition of years past. In lieu of live performances on a stage, we will instead be presenting a fully online series of events and performances featuring the most innovative and exciting instruments from around the world!

The Moog Hackathon is coming soon! Enter a hackathon challenging instrument creators to build a brand new instrument while using Moog synthesizers.



A robotic hand playing music on a piano with a monitor in the background.

Georgia Tech School of Music

Our music technology students combine technical skill with exceptional music talent to truly change the way the world experiences music. They use what they learn to go on to careers in a variety of fields, including software development, hardware engineering, acoustics, robotics, automotive audio, and artificial intelligence.

For the student with a passion both for making music and developing cutting edge technology, a degree in music technology fulfills a unique space in both artistic expression and technical achievement.

A collage of judges for the 2021 Guthman Competition.

The Judges

The judges for the 2021 Guthman Competition have been announced!

They are: Grammy winning and legendary instrument maker Dave Smith; composer, media artist, and writer DJ Spooky; composer and musician Kaki King; and curator of the Department of Musical Instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Jayson Dobney.


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