Product Submissions Now Open for the 2022 MIDI Innovation Awards

Music Hackspace, the MIDI Association, and NAMM Join Together to Present the Awards

Carlsbad, CA

Music Hackspace, The MIDI Association, and NAMM are proud to announce that submissions are now open for the 2022 MIDI Innovation Awards, a showcase for music innovation using MIDI.

MIDI has been at the center of music technology innovation since 1983, and MIDI 2.0 is poised to repeat MIDI 1.0’s global success in the decades to come. To further MIDI’s development and artistic impact, the second edition of the MIDI Innovation Awards continues to acknowledge MIDI innovation.

Athan Billias, President of The MIDI Association, remarked, “The first MIDI Innovation Awards in 2021 was an amazing event that exceeded our expectations, and with the continued support of Music Hackspace and NAMM, we are confident the second annual MIA awards will be even more exciting.”

Musicians and inventors around the world have a unique opportunity to present their ideas on a global stage, as well as win valuable prizes. The first prize is valued at more than $10,000 and includes passes to The 2022 NAMM Show, an exhibition booth at The 2023 NAMM Show, as well as significant support from The MIDI Association and Music Hackspace for the development of MIDI 2.0 prototypes.

The 2022 NAMM Show will debut a dedicated community environment, The MIDI Showcase, inviting attendees to fully immerse in the products, people, and innovations employing MIDI to continue to shape the future of music and technology.

Joe Lamond, President and CEO of NAMM, said in the announcement of the in-person June 2022 NAMM Show, “I imagine this gathering will have the kind of impact of a Beatles moment or the introduction of MIDI—definitely one you will not want to miss.”

The MIDI Innovation awards are open to individuals, artists, and companies who work with MIDI to build innovative products or interactive experiences.

The 2022 MIDI Innovation Awards have been expanded into five unique categories.

• Commercial Hardware Products

• Commercial Software Products

• Prototypes and non-commercial hardware products

• Prototypes and non-commercial software products

• Artistic/Visual Project or Installation

The intent of the Categories is to make the competition fair by distinguishing products made by established commercial companies/teams from DIY, Open Source, or non-commercial products from companies or individuals with total revenue or funding of less than $250K.

The categories encourage larger MIDI companies to enter the commercial awards while still keeping the spirit of innovation by supporting a broader base of developers.

The MIDI Innovation Awards welcomes entries from, but are not limited to: MIDI instruments, controllers, software, art installation, MIDI peripherals, I/O boxes, lighting systems, automated systems, and more.

Entries to the competition are open, and applicants are invited to submit their entries here: 

A jury is being assembled to represent the wider music industry and its many facets, including artists, engineers, and innovators. Entries will be judged on four attributes: Innovation, inspiring and novel qualities, interoperability, and practical/commercial viability.

JB Thiebaut, CEO of Music Hackspace added, “This new edition furthers the bridge between DIY communities and the music industry and establishes a launchpad for new products supporting music creation.”

The finalists will pitch their entries during a livestream open to all to watch on Saturday, May 28 at 12 midday PDT (3pm EDT / 8pm GMT / 9pm CET) on

Then the winners will be announced at the June NAMM Show on June 4, 2022.

Registration for The 2022 NAMM Show is now open at

For more details, please check here.

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 boasts a fast-growing collection of online courses on music programming, instrument design, and DIY electronics, designed to help artists along their creative journeys. Follow the Music Hackspace on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About The 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. To stay in touch with the latest news about MIDI, sign up for free at

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NAMM Communications - John Dolak, Director

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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 15,000 global member companies and individual professionals. 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 The 2024 NAMM Show will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center January 25-28.