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Open Competition Rules

Open Division

Open to all classical guitarists of all ages and nationalities. Previous 1st prize winners are not eligible to participate.

First Round:

  • First round video should have one (1) or more free choice works in any style and should not exceed the duration of 10 minutes.
  • (Excerpts of pieces are allowed)

Semifinal Round:

  • Semifinal round video must include one (1) or more free choice works in any style and should not exceed the duration of 15 minutes.
  • Competitors may repeat works from the previous round without penalty.
  • It is expected that every competitor’s choice of music fits within the time allowed.

Final Round:

  • Final Round video must include two (2) or more free choice works in contrasting styles and should not exceed the duration of 25 minutes.
  • Competitors may repeat works from the previous round without penalty BUT  must include at least one work not included in any of the previous rounds.
  • It is expected that every competitor’s choice of music fits within the time. 

Time Duration starts the moment the first note is played.

 
PRIZES

1st Prize – $3,000 + a hand-made concert guitar by luthier Bill Glez
2nd Prize – $2,000
3rd Prize – $1,000

 
FIRST ROUND SUBMISSIONS

First, pay for your entry fee here.
Submit your first-round application video link here.

The first-round application video submitted must be a newly recorded, unedited live performance uploaded to a streaming service.  

Applicants MUST introduce themselves at the start of the video and state:

“This video is my submission for the 1st round of the 2020 Florida Guitar Foundation guitar competition.”

The introduction MUST BE part of the unedited video. Participants are not allowed to add an introduction to the video of the performance. 

Video Title must follow this template:

2020 Florida Guitar Foundation Competition – Competitor’s name – Division

 Your video should have the following information in the video description:

This is my application video for the 1st round of the 2020 Florida Guitar Foundation Competition
Division
Competitor’s country of origin
Name of Repertoire performed:
Piece 1. [time stamp 00:00 – piece title – composer]
Piece 2. [time stamp 00:00 – piece title – composer]
Etc.

Only fully completed forms with details will be accepted. Make sure you have paid your registration fee before submitting the entry form.

The deadline for first round submissions is Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 at 12 pm EST.
Competitors moving onto the semifinal and final rounds will be given instructions to submit their final round videos.

Competitors will be evaluated on their technique, musicianship, and overall presentation. Judges’ comments will not be made available to competitors. 

Choice of music is entirely at the discretion of the competitor. All music must be performed from memory. A competitor may perform the same or different music from round to round without penalty. 

Your entry constitutes your consent to any use of your submitted content and likeness in any and all media by the Florida Guitar Foundation.

Per U.S. IRS regulations, prizes awarded to non-U.S. citizens may be subject to tax withholding, dependent upon current tax treaty between the U.S. and the winner’s country of citizenship. U.S. citizens who are awarded prizes will not have tax withheld and will receive an IRS Form 1099 from the Florida Guitar Foundation at the end of the year if the total of earnings is $600 or more.

No refunds.

All judges’ decisions are final.

First Round Judges

Irina Kulikova (Russia)
Petrit Çeku (Kosovo)
Rafael Padrón (Cuba/USA)

Semi-Final Round Judges

Isaac Bustos (USA)
Dariusz Kupiński (Poland)
Douglas Lora (Brasil)
Martha Masters (USA)
Meng Su (China)

Final Round Judges

Aniello Desiderio (Italy)
William Kanengiser (USA)
Irina Kulikova (Russia)
Rafael Padrón (Cuba/USA)
Jorge Luis Zamora (Cuba/Costa Rica)

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