Presented annually by The NAMM Foundation, the TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and multimedia. Award categories span 22 Technical Achievement and 7 Creative Achievement Categories.
Now in its 37th 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, Stevie Wonder and Joni Mitchell 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.
After its online debut as part of Believe in Music Week, the 37th Annual NAMM TEC Awards will return to Southern California, on Saturday, January 22, as part of The NAMM Show.
Nominating and Voting Procedures
Eligible products or projects were completed, released or performed during the period between July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021.
The nominees and winners of the TEC Awards are determined through a three-step process. In 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 July 15, 2021.
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, 2020–June 30, 2021. The deadline to submit entries is June 18, 2021, but the Nominating committee will accept those new innovations that will be made commercially available by the end of June.
Between November 17 - December 31, 2021, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (925) 708-0307.
37th 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
Lisha Baer, Operations Manager, NAMM Special Events
Jeanne O'Keefe, NAMM PR and Media Contact, Vice President, The Lippin Group