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The 2020 GFA International Concert Artist Competition has been postponed due to COVID-19.  In an effort to carry forth the legacy of this event, we have created the following new rules and event dates.  As these are unprecedented times, please note the details about contingency plans in case we are not able to proceed with the event for any reason. 

COMPETITION RULES
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR 2020
The preliminary round will take place by video.  Applications are due by June 10; and video submissions are due by June 17.  The application fee is reduced to $50, and the membership requirement is waived.  The semifinal and final rounds will be held at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, October 2-3, 2020.  All semifinalists will receive complimentary accommodations October 1-3, 2020 in lieu of the travel stipend traditionally awarded to semifinalists.  

The required piece (Rochberg) will be played in the preliminary and semifinal rounds.  There will be no set piece this year.

Given the ever-changing nature of our current international circumstances, GFA reserves the right to cancel the event if the venue becomes unavailable, travel becomes problematic, or a sufficient number of competitors are not able to attend.  In the event of a cancellation, all competitors will receive a full refund of their entrance fee; however any airfare purchased will not be reimbursed.

ELIGIBILITY
Open to competitors 18 years of age by June 1, 2021 (the year following the competition), regardless of nationality.

REQUIRED PIECE
Selections from George Rochberg’s Caprice Variations, arranged for guitar by Eliot Fisk.  Competitors will play Variations 1, 51, and three additional variations of the competitor’s choice, in an order to be determined by the competitor.  Competitors have the option of including additional variations as part of their remaining free choice program.

PRELIMINARY ROUND
This round will take place via video.  All videos are due by midnight PST on June 17, 2020.  Any videos received after that time will not be considered.  Videos will be aired, in order determined by a random draw, on the GFA Online Convention Livestream between June 22-26, 2020.

Each candidate must perform the following in the order of their choice:

Maximum 15 minutes of stage time (timed from the first note, including time between all pieces).  All competitors will play the required piece (variations 1, 51, and three additional variations of the competitor’s choice from Rochberg’s Caprice Variations) as part of their 15-minute program.  The remainder of the program is free choice.

Video must be unedited, in one stationary shot beginning to end for the entire program (not stopping the camera between pieces).  The competitor’s face and both hands must be in the frame, and the upper body should occupy approximately 75% of the frame. In order to achieve consistency in the presentation, the video should not include any verbal introductions, only music; also no graphics superimposed on the video.  Please ensure adequate sound and lighting, and be sure to film in landscape mode. Instructions for uploading video will be provided upon completion of registration.

All competitors are required to submit their program for the preliminary round at the time of registration, including where within the program you will play the required piece. Any changes to your submitted program may be provided by email to martha@marthamasters.com until June 17.  If you fail to submit program changes, please be aware that the information provided to the jury and the public will not be correct, as videos will not be previewed to match the submitted programs.

All works in all rounds are to be performed from memory. Twelve competitors from this round will advance to the Semifinal Round. Announcement of the competitors to advance will be made Saturday June 27, to conclude our Convention Livestream event, and will also be posted on the GFA website at the same time. All decisions by the judges are final.  

SEMIFINAL ROUND
The semifinal round will take place on Friday, October 2, 2020 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA.  Performance order for this round will be determined by a lottery. The twelve candidates will perform before a panel of seven new judges.

The repertoire for this round will be a maximum 25 minutes of stage time (timed from the first note, including time between all pieces).  All competitors will play the required piece, selections from Rochberg’s Caprice Variations, as part of their 25-minute program.  Pieces from the preliminary round may NOT be repeated in the semifinal round, with the required exception of the Rochberg.

Four competitors from this round will advance to the Final Round. 

FINAL ROUND
The final round will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA.  Performance order for this round will be determined by a lottery. Four candidates will perform before a panel of the same seven judges.

Finalists will perform a free choice program of 30 minutes.  Players who exceed the time limit on their free choice program will be stopped at the discretion of the jury.  Pieces from preliminary and semifinal rounds may NOT be repeated in the final round. All decisions by the judges are final.

PRIZES
Rose Augustine Grand Prize:
-$10,000 Cash*

-GFA Sponsored International Concert Tour, including approximately 50 concerts throughout the United States, Canada,and Mexico.

-Naxos CD Recording

-Mel Bay Publication

-3 year supply (52 sets a year) of D'Addario guitar strings in addition to Planet Waves guitar accessories

-Generous string package provided by Savarez

-CD and booklet design and production as well as print/digital marketing and distribution by Contrastes Records

 

2nd Prize:

-$7,000 Cash*

-3 year supply (26 sets a year) of D'Addario guitar strings in addition to Planet Waves guitar accessories.

-Generous string package provided by Savarez

-Generous string package provided by Augustine

 

3rd Prize:

-$5,000 Cash*

-3 year supply (26 sets a year) of D'Addario guitar strings in addition to Planet Waves guitar accessories.

-Generous string package provided by Savarez

-Generous string package provided by Augustine

 

4th Prize:

-$3,000 Cash*

-3 year supply (26 sets a year) of D'Addario guitar strings in addition to Planet Waves guitar accessories.

-Generous string package provided by Savarez

-Generous string package provided by Augustine

*All prizes subject to mandatory 30% federal tax withholding for foreign prize-winners; US prize-winners will be issued an IRS-1099 Form.

*All donated prizes are subject to the delivery by the sponsor. GFA will do everything possible to ensure delivery of all prizes, but GFA will not be held responsible if donor does not deliver a prize as listed above.

Other prizes awarded to all Finalists will include gift certificates donated by GSP, Strings by Mail, and KLING-ON products. Please note that prizes are subject to change due circumstances related to COVID-19.

JURY
Preliminary Round: Shin-Ichi Fukuda, Antigoni Goni, Minh Le Hoang, Rovshan Mamedkuliev, Marija Temo.
Semifinal and Final Rounds: William Kanengiser, Jiji Kim, Wojciech Kocyan, Marc Teicholz, others TBA

JUDGING
The judging procedures are reviewed each year by the Competition Committee, and GFA reserves the right to change the procedures outlined below at the discretion of the committee, in advance of the competition.  Any changes will be posted on this page.

The Guitar Foundation of America does not use a point system.  All judges’ votes are weighted equally. Judges will evaluate each competitor at their own artistic discretion, and each juror will vote their choice of the twelve competitors from the Preliminary Round to move on to the Semifinal Round. All votes will be tallied and the twelve competitors with the highest votes shall advance to the Semifinal Round. Should a tie result, judges will re-vote on only the tied competitors.

In the Semifinal Round, judges will evaluate each competitor in several categories. Each judge will vote their choice for four finalists, all votes will be tallied and the four competitors with the highest votes shall advance to the Final Round. Should a tie result, judges will re-vote on only the tied competitors.

In the Final Round, judges will evaluate each competitor in several categories. The judges will first vote for first place; then for second; then for third. No ties will be allowed in the Final Round. In the case of a tie in the initial vote, judges will re-vote on the tied competitors to determine who will advance to the higher place.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Applications are due June 10; video submissions are due by June 17, no later than 11:59 PM EST. No late entries will be considered. The Registration Fee is $50.00, as it is being heavily subsidized by an angel donor wanting to support our young up and coming artists.

For further information, please contact:
Martha Masters
Artistic Director, GFA International Concert Artist Competition
martha@marthamasters.com

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