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Clarion Associates Insurance is pleased to offer outstanding, low-cost, all risk insurance coverage for musical instruments at a discount* to all GFA members. To start a policy, use the Clarion website and select GFA in the dropdown menu; or call 1800-VIVALDI (option 3), or email clarion@clarionins.com and mention that you are a GFA member. Now Clarion provides liability insurance for musicians and presenters who play festivals or concerts and In Home Teacher/Tutor program.

 *Subject to underwriting laws in each state; not all will qualify.


Discounts with Guitar Businesses

The following businesses have special discounts available for current GFA members:

  • Guitar Solo Publications (GSP)
    offers a 10% discount on most purchases for GFA members. The discount applies to most of their inventory, excluding guitars, and any products already discounted (such as strings, and clearance materials). Just mention that your are a GFA member when you mail your order or when you call GSP at 866-788-2255.  For internet orders, enter "GFA" with your member number in the "Institution" field and your discount will be applied when processed by GSP.

  • Guitar Salon International (GSI) offers our members 20% off all web orders up to $1500 (max $300 discount). Simply enter the coupon code GFA20 at checkout.

  • Les Éditions Doberman-Yppan
    offers a 10% discount on all purchases.


  • Mel Bay Publications, Inc offers our members a 30% discount! Just mention that you are a GFA member when you call in to place your order at 1-800-8-MELBAY. 

  • Acoustic Guitar Magazine offers a discount on subscription rates for GFA members. Visit www.acousticguitar.com/GFA to register for your discounted subscription with your GFA membership.

  • Colorado Case Company offers our members a 15% discount on any Cavallaro, Colorado Case or Small Dog branded products. Members taking advantage of this discount must phone in their order to 800-990-3626; no Internet orders accepted. When ordering simply mention you are a GFA member and ask for the associated discount.

Other services and events available for members and non-members:

  • Annual GFA Convention
    The GFA Convention provides an international venue for the exchange of new ideas, research, products, clinics, master classes, and the finest performances for the international guitar community.


  • Regional Symposia
    The GFA offers symposiums each year at different locations around the country, offering workshops and performance opportunities for guitarists of all levels.  The symposiums are offered as a free benefit to GFA members.


  • GFA International Concert Artist Competition
    Considered the largest and most prestigious classical guitar competition in the world, the competition draws contestants worldwide.


  • GFA International Youth Competition
    Started in 2005, this event also draws competitors worldwide, in an effort to encourage young guitarists in a positive and supportive environment.


  • Education Initiative
    The GFA, as an advocate of the art of classical guitar, is taking a leading role in improving and expanding quality pre-college guitar education.

  • GFA International Guitar Archives
    Containing rare and out of print guitar music and periodicals, the GFA archive provides scholars and students valuable resources for research and study.  The newly launched digital archive provides free pdfs of the public domain contents of archive.
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