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The MIDI Innovation Awards 2022 Terms and Conditions

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. ENTRY IN THIS PROMOTION CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES.

These terms and conditions (“Rules”) relate to the MIDI Innovation Awards 2022 (“Competition”).  You may not participate in the Competition and are not eligible to receive the prize described in these Rules unless You agree to these Rules.

Please read these Rules prior to entry to ensure You understand and agree. You agree that Your participation in the Competition constitutes agreement to these Rules.

Promoter: The MIDI Association, whose address is 26895 Aliso Creek Rd. #B-921, Aliso Viejo, Ca.92656

Founding Partners: Music Hackspace, NAMM, The MIDI Association

Eligibility: The MIDI Innovation Awards 2022 are open to individuals worldwide who are at least 18 years of age as of the time of entry, and corporations established worldwide. We reserve the right to disqualify any entrant from the Competition if it is prohibited in the entrant’s jurisdiction.

Release Timing Eligibility: The entries must have been released or received a major innovative update after January 28, 2021 (the first MIDI Innovation Awards). 
Submissions of existing commercialized products are eligible, as are prototypes and designs. 

Content Restrictions: 
The Submission must not contain:
Material that violates or infringes any rights of any other party, including but not limited to copyright, trademark, privacy,  publicity or any other intellectual property rights or civil rights;  
The Submission must not in any way disparage the promoter or any other person or party; 
The Submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous; 

Categories:
The intent of the Categories is to make the competition fair by distinguishing products made by established companies or teams (Category A) from early-stage products, prototypes or non-commercial products made by startups, inventors, and artists (Category B). 

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

Products and prototypes submitted must be able to connect to, or be controlled by, other MIDI devices or software. 

Category A- Commercial products
Commercial Products by established companies or teams. 
Entrants can submit to compete in two subcategories (and enter multiple entries)

  • Hardware Products
  • Software Products

Category B- Prototypes and non-commercial products
DIY, Open Source, non-commercial products or independent products from companies or individuals with total revenue or funding < $250K
Entrants can compete in three subcategories (and enter multiple entries)

  • Hardware Products
  • Software Products 
  • Artistic/Visual Project or Installation

The MIDI Innovation Awards reserves the right to reassign entrants to what we consider the correct category and/or subcategory at our sole discretion. 

Entry Procedure:
 All participants must ensure they follow the entry procedure by submitting an entry on the MIDI.org submission page before and no later than 30th April 2022 11.59pm GMT.
To participate in the competition, simply fill out the entry submission form. 

The entries will be reviewed by the MIDI Association and if they meet the criteria and are entered in the proper category, the submissions will be publicly displayed on the MIDI.org website.  The jury panel and public voting  will review the submission starting after the submission deadline of April 30 has passed. 

Entrants can re-submit and update their entries by using the same email address for their initial submission.  For example, you can add a new Youtube video after initial submission. 

Marketing: All entrants give permission for their material(s) submitted to be used in marketing materials to advertise and promote the MIDI Innovation Awards and/or The MIDI Association on MIDI.org, on social media and other media channels.  

The Selection Process

How are the finalists selected? 

Category Finalist Selection
3 finalists from each category will be selected by an equal weight given to Public Voting on MIDI.org and voting by a jury panel selected by the MIDI Association. 
Entries will be selected on Innovation, Inspiring / surprising, Interoperability, Practical / commercial viability. 

How will the Prize Winners be selected
The Finalists will participate in a Live MIDI Innovation Awards webinar on MIDI.org so Finalists must be available to pitch their idea during this
May Is MIDI Month event taking place at 10am Pacific,  Saturday, May 28. 
Finalists must have stable internet connection and be available for the live stream event on May 28, 2022. 
Finalists may be asked to pre-film a video to be shown during the virtual pitch event and will be contacted ahead of time if applicable
Finalists will need to prepare a 2-3 minute pitch of their idea which will be livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook. 

All Finalists agree to: 
Follow the Berlin Code of Conduct  https://berlincodeofconduct.org when participating in the live streamed event as the event will be recorded and published

Final Selection of the prize winners
The first, second and third prizes will be awarded by a decision of the jury panel after the live pitch event on May 28, 2022 and the prize winners will be announced on June 4 at the NAMM show and delivered to the winners in person, or by representation. 

The promoter’s decisions are final and binding in all matters relating to these awards,  including, but not limited to, interpretation and application of these Official Rules.
By  entering the awards, entrants fully and unconditionally agree to be bound by these  rules and the decisions of the judges, which will be final and binding in all matters  relating to the awards. 

Prizes for Category A- Commercial Products by established companies or teams. 
Entrants can submit to compete in two subcategories (and enter multiple entries)
First Second and Third Place winners in two categories -Commercial Hardware products and Commercial Software Products
The commercial winners will be given an official MIDI Innovation Award Prize Winner graphic for display on their website and receive prestigious bespoke titles for professional and personal use.

Prizes for Category B- Prototypes and non-commercial products
DIY, Open Source, non-commercial products or independent products from companies or individuals with total revenue or funding < $250

First, Second and Third Place winners in three categories -Non-Commercial Hardware products, Non-Commercial Software Products and Artistic/Visual Project or Installation 

Third Place winners receive: 
Amenote MIDI 2.0 Prototyping Development Board -Value $250
A lifetime SysEx ID - Valued at $2400 over 10 years
Access to MIDI Association Software Tools including MIDI WorkBench and MIDI Scope
An official MIDI Innovation Award Prize Winner graphic for display on their website and receive prestigious bespoke titles for professional and personal use.

Second Place winners receive all of the above plus: 
A MIDI Association Membership for one year with rights to  apply for MIDI 2.0 Logo 

First Place winners for Software and Hardware receive all of the above plus: 
5 x 10 Booth at the April 2023 NAMM Show- Value $2350

The First Place Winner for  the Artistic/Visual Project or Installation category receive all of the contents of  the Second Place winner package plus: 

The First Place Winner in the Artistic/Visual Project or Installation will be displayed at the MIDI Association Booth at the April 2023 NAMM Show and included in a MIDI exhibition at the NAMM Museum of Music Making in 2023

MIDI Innovation Awards Timeline:
Submissions open: March 5, 2022 
Closing date for entries: April 30, 2022 11.59pm GMT
Public voting starts May 1, 2022
Public Voting Ends May 14, 2022
Live MIDI Innovation Awards webinar on MIDI.org– Saturday 28 May 2022: 10 am  PST time /1 pm EST /  5 pm GMT / 6 pm CET 

Winners Announced Saturday, June 4 at the NAMM Show