Voting is now open to the public for the MIDI Innovation Awards

14th January 2021

For immediate release

Voting is now open to the public for the MIDI Innovation Awards

Everyone is invited to attend the livestream awards show, held on January 21 during NAMM’s “Believe in Music” week 

London, England – Music Hackspace, the MIDI Association, and NAMM have now closed the entries to the first MIDI Innovation Awards. The difficult process of selecting 10 finalists from 78 amazing entries – including hardware, software, and even installations based on MIDI – is now complete. 

The final competition will be live-streamed on January 21, 2021 from 12 – 2 PM PST during NAMM’s “Believe in Music” week. During the ceremony, the finalists will present their inventions to the all-star jury composed of Dr. Kate Stone, Craig Anderton, John Kao, Helen Leigh, Yuri Suzuki, and Shawn Wasabi. The event will also feature exclusive performances from artists SK Shlomo, Tim Exile, Shawn Wasabi, Dan Tepfer, and special guests. 

During the awards ceremony, the winner of the Popular Vote will be announced, and the top 3 entries will win prizes worth over $20,000. 

According to event coordinator Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut of Music Hackspace, “We were taken aback by the level of creativity, imagination, and innovation in the entries – and believe the livestream viewers will be as surprised and delighted as we were.”

Discover the finalists, and cast your vote, by clicking here

Watch the teaser of the event and set a reminder for the livestream on YouTube


About Music Hackspace 

The Music Hackspace’s mission is to develop the largest online learning platform for music technologies. It was founded in 2011 by Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut in London, as a collective of artists and engineers. Starting with weekly meet-ups and seminars, the Music Hackspace now curates over 20 workshops every month on music programming, instrument design, and DIY electronics, for a growing number of artists and hobbyists. Follow the Music Hackspace on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  

About MIDI Association 

The MIDI Association is the non-profit community for both the companies who develop new MIDI specifications and products, and the people that create music and art with MIDI. The website is the central repository of information about anything related to MIDI technology, from classic legacy gear to the next- gen MIDI protocols coming soon.

About NAMM

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,300 members located in 104 countries and regions. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation‘s efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

For more information:

Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut, Founder & CEO, Music Hackspace: jb@stagingmhs.local

Athan Billias, COO, MIDI Association, 

Chalise Zolezzi, NAMM, 

1st Prize and Popular vote: Fluid Pitch

2nd Prize: Sonoclast Plastic Pitch Pro

3rd Prize: Playces