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2021 Convention Update

It has become clear that hosting the Guitar Foundation of America International Convention and Competitions in California next summer will not be possible due to local Covid restrictions, and limitations on the number of people allowed in a space. Even though we all hope that the world will be a better place by next summer, the county has strict guidelines that will make it far too unpredictable to plan an event.  We are truly sad to say it will not work.

We hope to be able to confirm an alternate site soon in Denver, Colorado, during the same dates (June 21-26, 2021), to be held indoors (conditions permitting), or outdoors if Covid restrictions are still in place. Events would be scheduled in the morning (lectures, masterclasses, technique workshops), with a midday break to avoid the heat of the day, followed by evening concerts under the stars.  We will be inside in a gorgeous concert hall if we are able, but are committed to thinking creatively outside the box to deliver a meaningful, safe event in a beautiful outdoor setting in the Rocky Mountains if necessary.

The preliminary round of the International Concert Artist Competition will take place online; and the semifinal and final rounds will take place in Denver, Colorado, in a stunning 500 seat concert hall, and will be live-streamed to the international community.  

The 2021 International Youth CompetitionInternational Ensemble Competition, and the Guitar Summit will all be conducted in a fully online format.  Registration will open by December 1 for these events.


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