Voting Process

Review the voting process for the 36th Annual NAMM TEC Awards.


Night of the Awards

Plan ahead for the big TEC Awards night, January 23, 2021.

Presented annually by The NAMM Foundation at The NAMM Show, the TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and multi-media. Award categories span 23 Technical Achievement and 8 Creative Achievement Categories. Including the recently added Audio Education Technology, and DJ Production Technology.

Now in its 36th year, the Awards are widely recognized as the highest honor dedicated to the pro audio and sound recording industry. It’s where the most outstanding products in the worlds of music making, live performances, video games, television and films are recognized and where creative luminaries like Les Paul, Peter Frampton, Quincy Jones, Joe Perry, Pete Townshend and Stevie Wonder are celebrated for their musical contributions.

Through its Hall of Fame, the TEC Awards honors the pioneers of audio technology and the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians. The Les Paul Innovation Award pays tribute to musical artists and others whose work has exemplified the creative application of audio technology. TECnology Hall of Fame celebrates innovations and ground breaking technical achievements of the past.

The 36th Annual NAMM TEC Awards will be held Saturday, January 23, 2021, in the Hilton Pacific Ballroom, Anaheim, California. The event is part of The NAMM Show, January 21 - 24, 2021.

Reception begins at 6 pm. Awards ceremony begins at 7 pm.

Nominating and Voting Procedures

Eligible products or projects were completed, released or performed during the period between July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020.

The nominees and winners of the TEC Awards are determined through a three-step process. In late March, a “Call for Entries” is posted on the TEC Awards and NAMM website, posted in audio media outlets and emailed to audio manufacturers and sound production professionals.

From the pool of product and project submissions in each category, nominees are determined in September by a Nominating Panel comprised of professionals and thought leaders from all areas of the audio and sound production industry. Names and descriptions of the final nominated products and projects are announced on September 16, 2020.

Eligible nominees are those projects or products that, in the opinion of the Nominating Panel, represent superior accomplishment in their respective fields. This year, these products or projects must have been completed, released or performed during the period beginning July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020. 

Between November 19 - December 31, 2020, pro audio, live event and music industry professionals, which is defined as those making their primary living in these fields, are invited to vote.

For questions about the TEC Awards, please contact Karen Dunn at or (925) 708-0307.

36th Annual NAMM TEC Awards Team

Pete Johnston, Executive Producer
Karen Dunn, Event Director, Nominees and Sponsors
Eric Geer, Director, Pro Audio Relations/Entries and Nominations Supervisor
David Leaf, Script Director
Lisha Baer, Operations Manager, NAMM Special Events
Jeanne O'Keefe, NAMM PR and Media Contact, Vice President, The Lippin Group