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Guitar Foundation of America

Mentorship Program





To support and develop talent among classical guitarists of color through instruction, engagement, and career development. Through this new initiative, we wish to foster equity in the global guitar community through support for underrepresented and underserved members. We seek a transformational change in diversity in our community, and we recognize that it is our responsibility to cultivate and nurture that diversity. We recognize that without affirmatively acting, we are contributing to division and exclusion. We aim to deconstruct the barriers historically created by the white maleness of our institution, and build a community that engenders a feeling of true welcomeness for all.

Program Description: 

The program runs from September to June.  All mentees will be welcomed to the program individually with a conversation with the GFA leadership team, to get to know more about their goals, and develop an individualized program for career development.

Mentees will be assigned to a mentor(s), and will have regular conversations working towards established goals.  These goals may include traditional lessons, conversations about repertoire development, advice on next career steps, etc.  All mentees will also have two sessions with the GFA Social Media Coordinator, to get advice on developing a social media strategy for success.

Additionally, all mentees will receive a full scholarship to come together from June 21-26, 2021 for Guitar Summit at the GFA International Convention and Competition. High school guitarists will participate as students, college guitarists will participate as mentors. Travel, housing, and meal expenses will be paid by the GFA.  At the Summit, the GFA leadership will review the experience of mentees and share feedback together.

All mentees will have the opportunity to produce a video performance of a piece by a composer of color, commissioned by the GFA.  All mentees within the age range will be eligible to continue in the program for the next year upon review of mentee engagement by the mentors and the GFA leadership.


All mentees are expected to:

  • Prioritize scheduling for approximately 1-3 hours per month for virtual lessons/meetings.

  • Attend the Guitar Summit at the GFA Convention and Competition.

  • Learn a newly commissioned piece by a composer of color, and record it in a video to be shared on the GFA YouTube channel.

  • Respond professionally to all communications.

  • Be open to feedback and ready to learn.

  • Explore creative and proactive ways to build leadership skills, and be a positive role model for peers in their community.


Any person of color, ages 13-25 at time of application.  Preference will be given to those in the United States pursuing or seeking to pursue advanced studies in music.


Applications will be accepted and reviewed up to October 1st, 2020 by the GFA Board of Trustees Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Committee.  Fill out the Application Form, which includes the following: a letter of reference, one short video of a performance (5 minutes or less), and one short video (3 minutes or less) of you talking to us, telling us about your goals, and what this opportunity would mean to you.  


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