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2023 Competition

2023 Competition

Musical inventors from around the world are invited to submit their instruments to the 2023 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition. Every year, we invite musical inventors to share innovative musical instruments at the intersection of musicality, design, and engineering. The Guardian called the competition "The Pulitzer of the New Instrument World."

Approximately ten finalists will be invited to attend the 2023 edition of the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition at the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta on March 10 and 11, 2023. Finalists must attend the competition in person to present their work to the judges, perform on a public concert, and compete for $10,000 in prizes.

Finalists will receive an honorarium ($500 for finalists located within North American and $1000 for finalists traveling from other countries) to help defray the cost of traveling to Atlanta.

The deadline for submissions is October 3, 2022.

2023 Judges

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Athan Billias

President, MIDI Association

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Kris Bowers

Award-winning film score composer & pianist

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Morwaread Farbood

Associate Director of Music Technology, NYU

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Guthman Webinar for 2023 Applicants

The 2023 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition applicants webinar is an opportunity for applicants to learn more about the competition, how to effectively present their work, and to ask questions.

Georgia Tech professors Gil Weinberg and Jason Freeman, who co-direct the competition, will give an overview of the submission process and competition format. University of the Arts London professor Rebecca Fiebrink will share her perspective as a past judge. The webinar will also feature People's Choice Award and first place winner of the 2022 Guthman competition, Daniel Vaczi.

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2022 Finalists & Semifinalists

Learn more about the 2022 finalists and semifinalists. Each creator and instrument has a compelling story that brings musical and design excellence to a stage primed for discovery.

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Previous Guthman Competition Winners

The Guthman Musical Instrument Competition boasts a legacy of identifying great new ideas in instrument creation. Instruments like the Infinitone showed us that it's possible for a musician to use as many tones as an artist uses hues of color, while The Glide demonstrated that music can be accessible and easy for anyone to create, regardless of ability or skill level.

Regardless of what niche a created instrument fills, it has a place waiting for it at the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.

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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.

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