TEC Call for Entries

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.

2020 Schedule at a Glance:

Call for entries: March 11 - June 12

Nominees announced: July 9

Voting period: November 19 - December 31

Winners announced: January 23, 2021

The TEC Awards also honors musical artists whose work has exemplified the creative application of audio technology through the Les Paul Innovation Award, the audio masters who engineer the sound through the Hall of Fame Award, as well as historic introductions of the past through the TECnology Hall of Fame.

Founded in 2004 by George Petersen and presented since 2015 by the NAMM MUSEUM of Making Music, the TECnology Hall of Fame honors and recognizes audio products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology.

The TEC Awards span 23 Technical Achievement and eight Creative Achievement Categories.

The eligibility period for the annual TEC Awards June 30, 2019 – July 1, 2020.

The eligibility period places The NAMM Show, the global launchpad of new pro audio and sound production products, in the center of the cycle, and will help contribute to the most innovative nominee pool possible.

In June 2020, a curated group of industry experts from all facets of the pro audio and sound production industry comprise the Nominating Panel, that is tasked to narrow down the pool of product entries in each category to the final slate of nominees.

Final nominees are those products and projects that, in the opinion of the Nominating Panel, represent superior accomplishment in their respective fields.

Nominees for all TEC Awards categories will be announced in on July 9 to coincide with the opening day of 2020 Summer NAMM, held July 9 - 11 in Nashville TN. Learn more and register here.

The voting period to determine the eventual winners will begin on November 19, 2020 and continue through December 31, 2020. Voting is available to a broad audience, including all professionals that make their primary living through the music, pro audio and sound production industries. Ballot access is promoted through major pro audio media groups and associations, as well as NAMM membership.

Winner names are kept in strict confidence until the big night. The 36th Annual NAMM TEC Awards will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at the Hilton Anaheim. Nominees and their colleagues and friends are invited to attend to enjoy a networking happy hour, dinner, great entertainment and the chance to be a TEC winner! Ticket sales will begin on September 8, 2020.

Stay tuned for more information and stay up to date on www.tecawards.org for the latest TEC news!