The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) Board of Directors has announced that it is expanding the scope of the organization to accommodate future growth, in anticipation of the ‘impending adoption of MIDI 2.0’ .
MMA President Tom White, who guided the MMA for the past 26 years, has announced his retirement. Gene Joly, SVP of QSC and former NAMM board member, will serve as interim President while the MMA initiates an executive search to fill the position permanently.
The organization announced plans for MIDI 2.0, a major update to the ubiquitous Musical Instrument Digital Interface standard, in January 2019. MIDI 2.0 promises to bring MIDI auto-configuration, new DAW/web integrations, extended resolution, increased expressiveness and tighter timing.
Other positions changes include:
- The Board has elected Kate Stone, CEO of Novalia, as the Chair of Board of Directors.
- Athan Billias, MMA Board Member and Digital Marketing Strategy Manager at Yamaha, will serve as Chief Financial Officer.
- Craig Anderton has accepted the position of Vice President of Public Relations.
- Kevin LaManna, CEO of Monday Loves You, will serve as Vice President of Information Technology.
All of the current officers of the MMA serve as unpaid volunteers.
A variety of MMA events are planned for the upcoming 2020 NAMM Show, including an overview of MIDI 2.0 and technical discussions.