A music technology student performs on stage at the Guthman Concert.

2024 Competition

2024 Competition

Musical inventors from around the world were invited to submit their instruments to the 2024 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."

This year, we celebrate the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition with ten finalists from around the world showcasing the best in musical innovation. On March 8 and 9, they will present their work to the judges, perform in a public concert, and compete for $10,000 in prizes.

Tickets are now available for the 2024 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Concert taking place on Saturday, March 9th at 7 PM at Georgia Tech's Ferst Center for the Arts.

Note: If you are a GT student, faculty member, or staff, please log in to use the GT student, faculty, or staff ticket option.

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Collage showing the ten finalist instruments of the 2024 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

2024 Finalists

Meet the ten Guthman Musical Instrument Competition finalists. Each finalist and their instrument has a compelling story — these are the world's next generation of musical instruments. Discover their musical and design excellence!

Gizmodo also delves into how the 2024 finalist instruments innovate across different domains of industrial design, musical performance, and computation. Read what Gizmodo says about this year's competition and finalists.

2024 Judges

Headshot of Bosko Dante

Bosko Kante

Headshot of Andrew McPherson

Andrew McPherson

Shot of Kelly Snook on-stage with mi.mu gloves

Kelly Snook

A man playing a custom made instrument sitting on stage.

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.

Two Georgia Tech students exhibiting at the Fair

Guthman Music, Art, and Technology Fair

The Guthman Music, Art, and Technology Fair brings together creators from different backgrounds for an interactive showcase of projects. Join us before the concert for this opportunity to engage directly with creators and learn more about their work.

Saturday, March 9 from 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Exhibition Hall

Admission to the fair is free (no tickets required).

A robotic hand playing music on a keyboard.

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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