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.

For the 2022 competition, finalists will travel to the Georgia Tech campus March 10-12 to meet with judges, perform in concert, and compete for $10,000 in prizes.

Man presenting his airstick instrument.

2022 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

Semifinalist Gallery & Voting

Voting closes on December 8th. Meet our 26 semifinalists and vote for your favorites.

Through our gallery, you'll be able to meet each of the creators and watch them perform with their instruments. Your vote helps decide who advances to the competition's final round at the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta on March 11 and 12, 2022 to compete for $10,000 in prizes.

A photo of the Segulharpa, first place winner in the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.

Listen to Five of the World’s Newest, Wildest Instruments

The New York Times highlights five of the 2021 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition finalists in an article that focuses on invention and musical motivation. Get music critic Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim's take on our competitors' inventions.

Start Your Music Technology Journey

At the Georgia Tech School of Music, our students combine technical skill with exceptional music talent to truly change the way the world experiences music. Learn more about our bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in music technology, our pre-college summer studio, and our innovative research labs.

Georgia Tech Research: FOREST

A Robot & Human Experience Through Sound

FOREST is the performative outcome of an NSF funded project aimed at enhancing trust between humans and robots through sound and gesture.

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology found that embedding emotion-driven sounds and gestures in robotic arms help establish trust and likability between humans and their AI counterparts.

Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Updates

Sign up for our Guthman Musical Instrument Competition communications to receive updates on milestones for the 2022 competition, as well as information regarding our yearly Moog Hackathon and calls for submission for the 2023 competition.

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