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2024 Competition

2024 Competition

Musical inventors from around the world are 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."

Approximately ten finalists will be invited to attend the 2024 edition of the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition at the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta on March 8-9, 2024. 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, 2023.

2024 Judges

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Bosko Kante

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Andrew McPherson

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Kelly Snook

Thinking about Submitting Your Work?

Watch our participant info session webinar that introduces the 2024 edition of the competition, explains how to effectively present work, and answers potential participants' questions.


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Jason Freeman

Co-director of Guthman 2024
Professor at the Georgia Tech School of Music

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Gil Weinberg

Co-director of Guthman 2023
Professor at Georgia Tech School of Music

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Morwaread Farbood

Judge of Guthman 2023
Professor at NYU Steinhardt

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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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