Photo of classical guitarist Mak Grgić holding a guitar.

Mak Grgić’s company, Notey, receives InnoVision Award for Education and Technology

Mak Grgić (MM ’12, DMA ’16, GCRT ’20), a Grammy-nominated guitarist and USC Thornton Arts Leadership alumnus, received the InnoVision Award for Education and Technology for Notey, the startup company he co-founded in 2022. The company also includes USC alumni Adithya Bellathur, Jack Bailey and Andrew Hulin.

Notey is an AI-based music education company that launched its application, “Notey’s World,” on the Apple Store in September 2023. Geared towards younger users, the app aims to make music lessons more fun and accessible. Notey’s World currently supports guitar practice and playing, with plans to expand in the coming months through upgrades in content and player experience.

“We are so grateful to receive this award because we believe it will eventually help millions of people to experience the wonder of playing musical instruments,” Grgić said in a statement.

InnoVision’s Education Award recognizes innovative approaches to education that create new educational opportunities and experiences for students, new methods of delivery, or improved quality and efficiency. Notey was chosen as the winner out of 100 applications from around the country.


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