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Youth Competition Rules

Youth Division

Open to all classical guitarists of all nationalities younger than 18 years old as of September 2, 2020. Previous 1st prize winners are not eligible to participate.

First Round:
· First round video should must one (1) or more free choice works in any style and should not exceed the duration of 7 minutes.
· (Excerpts of pieces are allowed)
Final Round:
· Final Round video must include one (1) or more free choice works in any styles 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.

Time Duration starts the moment the first note is played.


1st Prize – $1,000
2nd Prize – $750
3rd Prize – $500


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
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]

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 final round will be given instructions to submit their final round videos.

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

Ricardo González Navarro (Cuba)
Ewa Jabłczyńska (Poland)
Tengyue Zhang (China)

Finals Round Judges

Isaac Bustos (USA)
Dariusz Kupiński (Poland)
Martha Masters (USA)

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