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The Competition

The 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!

Our audiences will enjoy a competition held by interactive voting and browsing. They will be able to follow their favorite instruments as as each creation goes through the judging process. This will culminate in an online celebration of our winners and their instruments in March 2021.

This Year's Format

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This year, the event will move online with a call for submissions opening August 31, 2020 and closing October 1, 2020. The public will then have access to a gallery where they can vote for the “People’s Choice” winner from among the field of finalists during the month of November.

A panel of four judges will select the winners, who will be announced in March 2021 along with video profiles of each winner. Through an online fair, you can also learn more about all of the finalists and their instruments. 

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Submit Your Instrument

Do you have an exciting new creation that you would like to be considered for the competition? Learn more about the process to submit your instrument.


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