The MIDI Association announces May Is MIDI Month webinars featuring Laura Escudé, Moldover, Dave Smith, Jordan Rudess, Shawn Wasabi, MIDI 2.0, and more.

Los Angeles, CA, April 29, 2019 – To celebrate all that MIDI has done to empower musicians over the past 36 years, The MIDI Association ( has an amazing schedule of webinars planned for May Is MIDI Month in 2019. May Is MIDI Month is a celebration of MIDI for the entire MIDI community: companies making MIDI products; the press/media; and musicians and artists who regularly use MIDI. Anyone can register for these free webinars at

● Controllerism (May 4 at 3 PM Pacific Time)

A panel discussion with the people who created the controllerism movement, about how MIDI influences the world of Digital DJs. Panelists: Laura Escudé, Sam Gribben, Huston Singletary, Moldover, Kate Stone, Shawn Wasabi.

● Guthman Musical Instrument Design Competition 2019 (May 11 at 7 PM Pacific Time)

All three winners of the 2019 Guthman Musical Design Competition were MIDI Controllers. Check out Geoshred, AirSticks and The Glide as well as other unique MIDI instruments. This panel discussion will also include live and video performances from the participants.
Panelists: Jordan Rudess, Pat Scandalis, Alon Ilsar, Keith Groover, Qianqian Jin, Nathan Asman

● The Early History of MIDI: 1981-1989 (May 18 at 3 PM Pacific Time)

The people who were originally involved in creating MIDI discuss the turbulent early days of MIDI before it became the established standard it is today. This webinar will truly be historic.
Panelists: Anne Graham, Brian Vincik, Chris Meyer, Dave Smith, David Mash, Domenic Milano, Jeff Rona, Michelle Moog Koussa, Paul Lehrman, Ryan Alexander Diduck.

● MIDI 2.0: The Future of MIDI (May 25 at 10 AM Pacific Time)

Attendees will have a chance to meet the team that put the new MIDI 2.0 specification together. The members of the MMA MIDI-CI and Protocol working groups will explain their vision for the future of MIDI.
Panelists: Amos Gaynes, Andrew Mee, Dave Starkey, Florian Bomers, Franz Detro, Mike Kent, Phil Burk, Rick Cohen, Tom White.

Throughout May Is MIDI Month, The MIDI Association (TMA) will also be releasing details about MIDI 2.0 in weekly blog articles and MIDI Message newsletters.

May Is MIDI Month Fundraising Campaign

Musicians and artists that are interested in supporting The MIDI Association (a non-profit) are asked to donate to the May Is MIDI Month Fundraising Campaign ( The funds will be used to improve TMA member services and develop resources and content that explain MIDI technology, including the exciting new MIDI 2.0 protocol. The goal is to receive $2,000 in individual donations in May, which can multiply to $22,000 with matching donations from the following May Is MIDI Month Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors: Ableton, IK Multimedia, Native Instruments, Roland, ROLI, Sweetwater, and Yamaha have committed to matching up to $2000 in individual TMA member donations in May.

Gold Sponsors: Analog Devices, Art & Logic, Bome Software, Moog Music, Melodics, and Keith McMillan Instruments have committed to matching up to $1000 in individual TMA member donations in May.

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