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THE MIDI Association (TMA)

The community of people who work, play and create with MIDI

The MIDI Association’s mission is to nurture an inclusive global community of people who create music and art with MIDI. The www.MIDI.org website is the central repository of information about anything related to MIDI technology, from classic legacy gear to next- gen protocols on the horizon.

Individuals who use MIDI technology can join The MIDI Association to learn about MIDI, share their experiences and creative projects on forums, participate in TMA webinars and broaden their MIDI knowledge. This includes musicians, artists, educators, retail salespeople, DYI/Arduino enthusiasts, DJs, game developers, sound designers and audio engineers.

TMA's Mission

  • Nurture an inclusive community of people who create music and art with MIDI.
  • Create an environment for community members to learn from each other.
  • Explain new technical developments in MIDI and explore how to use them.
  • Promote new ways of creatively using MIDI.
  • Connect MIDI users with the companies that develop MIDI products.

TMA's Advisory Board

  • Craig Anderton, Executive Vice President, Evangelist at Gibson
  • Athan Billias, Director of Strategic Product Planning at Yamaha
  • Roy Elkins, CEO at Broadjam
  • Jon Haber, CEO at Alto Music and former NAMM board member
  • Dendy Jarrett, Director at Harmony Central
  • Gene Joly, Vice President of Professional Audio at QSC and past NAMM Board member
  • Daniel Keller, CEO, Get It In Writing media relations
  • Robin Kelly, Director of Channel Management at Roland
  • Kevin LaManna, Principle at the digital marketing agency SocialRaise
  • Bryan Lanser, Director of Marketing at Muse Research
  • Paul Lehrman, Director of Music Engineering at Tufts University
  • Lawrence Levine, Principle at Comet Capital
  • Gerson Rosenbloom, Vice President of Strategic Management at Sweetwater and former NAMM Chairman. 

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The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA)

The non-profit trade association of companies that make MIDI products

The MIDI Association is administrated by the MIDI Manufacturers Association. The MMA is a non-profit trade association of companies who make MIDI products. The MMA is responsible for the development, promotion, and protection of MIDI technology. Compliance with MMA Specifications and Recommended Practices enables thousands of products from hundreds of companies to interoperate. The efforts of the MMA to promote and expand MIDI’s reach are the main reason that MIDI remains one of the most relevant standards in the entertainment industry. MMA members include OS developers including Apple, Google and Microsoft, musical instrument companies such as Gibson, Nectar, Roland, Roli and Yamaha and music software companies including Cakewalk, Logic, Mark of the Unicorn, Make Music and Steinberg.

The MMA Mission

  • To encourage the use of MIDI technology and MIDI products in established and growth markets.
  • To be proactive towards developing and enhancing MIDI to respond to market needs.
  • To insure interoperability of MIDI products through an open standards process with broad industry participation.
  • To protect the meaning of the term MIDI as used in commerce

The MMA Executive Board

Athan Billias (Yamaha Corp of America)
Bryan Lanser (Muse Research)
Denis Labrecque (DenLabs)
Michael Hoover (Cakewalk/Gibson)
Tom White (MMA)

The MMA Technical Standards Board

Mike Kent (Roland US)
Chris Grigg (CG Designs) 
Rick Cohen (Sonivox/InMusic) 
Bob Lee (MIDI9) 
Charlie Bright (Korg R&D USA)
Amos Gaynes (Moog Music)

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