LIVE Competition

All Live competition entrants must have purchased tickets for the 2022 festival in Exeter UK – We are extending the ‘early-bird’ ticket price until the closing date of the competition to give every competition entrant the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets – so please don’t delay and get your tickets now before they sell out as once they’re gone…they’re gone!. Shortlisted guitarists must be present on Saturday 10th September for the finals which will be judged by a Fretmonkey representative and two live performance programme guitarists

1st Place Live Competition winner prize:

  • Mayson M7S (or equivalent) Guitar
  • 2023 Mayson Solo Artist Tour in China  (multiple cities over one week inc flights, accommodation, meals & fee) 
  • Elixir Strings Prize Pack
  • G7th Capo Gold Engraved Performance 3 Capo
  • 3x Candyrat Records Social Media Video Feature
  • 3x Fretmonkey Records Social Media Video Features
  • 30 min Saturday night performance slot on festival main stage
  • 1 days recording (inc engineer) at Circadian Studios in Exeter (UK)
  • Fingerstyle Collective ‘Winners’ Trophy

2nd Place ‘Runner-Up’ Live Competition winner prize:

  • Mayson M5S (or equivalent) Guitar
  • Elixir Strings Prize Pack
  • G7th Capo Silver Engraved Performance 3 Capo
  • 2x Candyrat Records Social Media Video Features
  • 2x Fretmonkey Social Media Video Features
  • 30 min Saturday night performance slot on festival main stage (shared with the 3rd place winner)
  • Festival Collective ‘Runner-Up’ Trophy​

3rd Place Live Competition Prize:

  • Mayson Alpha1 (or equivalent) Guitar
  • G7th Capo Black Engraved Performance 3 Capo
  • 1x Candyrat Records Social Media Video Feature
  • 1x Fretmonkey Social Media Video Feature
  • 30 min Sunday Lunch performance slot on festival main stage (shared with the 2nd place winner)
  • Festival Collective Trophy

All other shortlisted semi-finalists:

All tour/performance prizes are subject to the relevant country travel restrictions and tour/festivals taking place. Fingerstyle Collective Festival together with its co-organisers, sponsors and partners cannot be held financially responsible for any cancellations beyond its control.

Rules Governing the Fingerstyle Collective International Guitar Competition  

The Fingerstyle Collective International Guitar Competition is open to anyone except those who are staff members or founding artists of Fretmonkey, are labeled artists of Candyrat Records, who are sponsors or partners of the festival, or are performing as a billed or paid musician at the Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival 9th-11th September 2022 in Exeter, UK. 

No purchase of any kind is necessary (apart from your online competition registration fee or 3-day festival ticket for the Live competition) to enter the competition. A purchase of a sponsors production ts will not improve your chances of winning!

SPONSORS: The Fingerstyle Collective Music Competition (the “Competition”) is sponsored by:Fretmonkey, Candyrat Records, Mayson Guitars, ELIXIR Strings, G7TH CAPOS and others noted on the event website and is subject to the following terms and conditions.

Contestants can apply for either the Fingerstyle Collective LIVE Competition or the Fingerstyle Collective ONLINE Competition, but cannot apply for both competitions during the same year. If an applicant submits to both competitions during the same year, by default the submission will only be considered in the Online Competition category. Previous Fingerstyle Collective LIVE/ONLINE Competition Grand Prize Winners (1st Place) cannot re-apply, however previous Semi-finalists (2nd and 3rd Place Winners), as well as previous Fingerstyle Collective applicants may re-apply. 

ELIGIBILITY: An Entrant (Individual) must be sixteen (16) years of age or older at the time of entry, and possess a valid form of identification (no top age limit). An Entrant under the age of eighteen (18) shall require parental consent to participate due to international travel involved in prize winnings. Invalid or ineligible entries shall be excluded from consideration. By their submission of entry, Entrants warrant they are legally entitled and authorized to make such submission on their own behalf. In the event of a dispute as to the winner’s identity, entries will be deemed made by the holder of the email account associated with the entry. Void where prohibited by law or restricted. Subject to all applicable country and local laws and regulations. An Entrant may not be a Professional Musician signed to any major label with world-wide distribution.

The initial preliminary round judging will take place via YouTube/Vimeo video submission and all decisions are final. There is no right granted or opportunity to question or appeal the judging panels decision. 

The LIVE competition will take place Saturday, September 10th, 2022 between 08.30am and 12.30pm in front of a public audience at the Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival in Exeter (UK) and will be judged by a different panel of experts and/or renowned guitarists who do not have access to scores from the preliminary round.

First, second, and third places prizes are announced on the day and on the festival website. Any supplementary non-cash prizes may be announced at a later date. Due to difficult and continuing worldwide shipping issues, we reserve the right to either deliver any guitar prize within 3 months of the festival date or change for another instrument of similar quality and value in the unlikely event the instruments do not arrive in time for the actual festival.

IMPORTANT DATES: 

Friday August 19th, 2022 – extended deadline for application materials and video.

Wednesday August 31st, 2022 – Notification of semi-finalists via email. Early applicants may receive a decision before this date. 

Saturday September 10, 2022 

Competition performances and judging between 08.30am – 12.30pm

18.45pm – 19.15pm GMT live competition winner main stage performance

Sunday September 11, 2022 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm GMT live performance competition 2nd & 3rd place winners main stage performances

TRAVEL & ARRIVAL: 

Contestants are responsible for their own travel, hotel accommodations, and expenses for the LIVE competition taking place at the Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival at Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter, Devon UK. Transportation options to and from local airports (Exeter & Bristol) are available and are listed on the festival’s registration website (under festival registration). 

Contestants must be present at the venue one-half hour (at 08.30 AM) before the stated time of the competition 09:00 AM). Contestants will draw numbers to determine the order of performances. 

INSTRUMENTS ALLOWED FOR VIDEO AND LIVE PERFORMANCE Contestants must bring their own guitar(s) for their performances and remain solely responsible for their instruments. Contestants may bring and use any 6-, 7-, or 12-string acoustic guitar. The only personal pieces of gear a competitor may use is their guitar, cable, pick, slide, and strap. Harp Guitars are permissible. Looping is not allowed. 

TECHNICAL DETAILS FOR THE LIVE COMPETITION 

  • For acoustic guitars, amplification will be done through the use of a microphone or a direct hook-up (DI) to the console (available on site)
  • Effects pedals should already be fastened and hooked up to a pedal board. 
  • Guitars must be tuned before going on stage, though retuning is allowed between selections. 

HOW TO ENTER 

  • Please complete the relevant application form at the bottom of this page – please ensure you complete the right application form for Live or Online competition. We will then email you a link to pay the registration fee online (fee only payable for the online competition).
  • Please submit your video by entering the URL within the application form. Should you experience any issues with completing the application form, please email admin@fingerstylefestival.com

REGISTRATION & FEES 

  • Please note that if you are selected to participate in the live Guitar Competition, you are required to purchase a festival ticket. You do not have to attend the entire festival to participate in the competition. You are only required to have a 3-day festival ticket and be present on Saturday September 10, 2020 (the day of the competition) and be available to perform on the live stage that night (if you are the 1st place winner) or Sunday lunchtime (if you are the 2nd place runner-up or 3rd place live competition winner)

PRELIMINARY ROUND MUSIC SELECTION 

  • For the LIVE competition, please submit a link to ONE video of contestant’s choice (can be live or static). The song/tune selection may be an original work or a cover arranged as an instrumental only. 
  • The length of any video for both live/online competitions must not exceed five (5) minutes. Any submission over five (5) minutes will not be considered. Only one submission is allowed.

VIDEO CONTENT INSTRUCTIONS 

  • While we advise all contestants to create the best quality entry possible, both regarding the audio and the video, it need not be at a professional-level production value. 
  • Please do not submit a video with product placements or other commercial intent. No foul language or offensive gestures. 
  • When submitting your video url (example would be YouTube/Vimeo), you must select “Public”” or “Unlisted” in the privacy settings when uploading the video. If the candidate selects “Private,” their submission will be invalid. The candidate must provide the link to their video submission on the application form. For more information on posting videos, we recommend exploring the “Help” section found on the YouTube.com homepage or your video platform of choice. 
  • The candidate’s video must have the artists’ name in the title. 

VIDEO SUBMISSION DATES & TIMES: 

The deadline for applications is Friday August 19th, 2022, at 11:59 PM (Midnight GMT)

PRELIMINARY (VIDEO) ROUND JUDGING: 

All contestants will be judged in the preliminary round by a panel of credible judges who work for Fretmonkey, Candyrat Records, Daylight Music Productions UK or one of the festivals sponsors – and at least a majority will be fingerstyle guitarists. The judges decisions are final and no opportunity for questions or appeals will be permitted. Video submissions will be judged by Wednesday August 31st 2022. Live competition Semi-finalists will be notified and invited to participate in the live competition taking place on Saturday September 10, 2022 at Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter, Devon, UK

NOTIFICATION: 

Notification to all live competition semi-finalists will consist of an email to the address listed on the application form, as well as posted online no later than Wednesday August 31st, 2022. Early submissions may receive early decisions. By entering this competition, you agree that the notification methods stated herein are sufficient to give you notice in the event that you are chosen to advance. If any semi-finalist fails to respond by agreeing via email to participate in the next level of the competition within seven (7) days of notification, then that candidate forfeits their right to participate further in this competition. Any runners-up will be notified via email within two (2) business days of the day that any candidate fails to respond or declines the invitation to compete in the next level of competition. If a semi-finalist declines the invitation to compete, then the candidate who received the next-highest final score in the video submission will be invited to compete. 

LIVE REQUIREMENTS/RULES:

  • Up to 24 contestants are selected to compete in the live festival competition. Contestants MUST HAVE REGISTERED ONLINE for the guitar competition and be notified that they have been shortlisted to compete at the live guitar competition. Contestants must also purchase a Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival Ticket. If selected to participate in the live festival competition, you must present your festival ticket at the time of drawing performance slots. Early bird tickets are currently on sale and are now extended until the competition entry deadline to allow for a discounted ticket purchase.
  • When arriving on stage, the contestant is requested not to talk into any mic or to the audience. Contestants will be prepared to play four instrumental numbers. Two numbers will be played in the first round of competition and the other two in the final round should the contestant be selected as a finalist (up to 5 finalists will be chosen). CONTESTANT MAY PLAY ANY STYLE OF MUSIC. Contestants may use thumb and finger picks. NO FLAT PICK. Contestants may bring and use any 6-, 7-, or 12-string acoustic guitar with steel or nylon strings are allowed. The only personal pieces of gear a candidate may use is their guitar, cable, slide, and strap. Harp Guitars are permissible. Pedal effects and looping are not allowed. Special tunings will be allowed. However, the contestant will NOT be allowed to take two instruments on stage. Recommended maximum playing time is approximately five (5) minutes (total), although competitors will not be disqualified or penalized for going slightly over. Any style of capos may be used. Contestants must be present at the contest stage at 08.30 AM to draw for order of appearance and receive final instructions. Winners will be announced immediately and will receive their awards after the contest.
  • A MEDLEY OF TUNES IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. Recommended Maximum playing time is approximately five (5) minutes. In an effort to judge the contest objectively and equally, the following criteria will be considered by the judges and assigned point value in each area.

JUDGES SCORING:

  • Scoring 1. ARRANGEMENT (40 points) – Contestant’s version of the tune selected. Difficulty and originality will be considered.Scoring 2. EXECUTION, TUNING (40 points) – Fingering, picking and dynamics will be considered. 
  • Scoring 3SHOW VALUE (10 points) – Would the music resonate with an audience (appeal)? Contribute to the genre of fingerstyle guitar?
  • Scoring 4. OVERALL IMPRESSION (10 points) – Is it innovative? Progressive? Modern? Well executed? (In other words…Does it stand out in some way?)

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Any candidate who fails to abide by the Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Competition Rules & Regulations may be disqualified. 
  • Any application form found to contain false or inaccurate information may result in the candidate’s disqualification. 
  • The Organiser reserves the exclusive right to record, photograph, or disseminate in any manner whatsoever. 
  • Participation in the Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Competition implies the full and clear adherence to these rules, the waiver of all rights and recourse in respect of the submission procedures, their results and the awarding of prizes, and in respect of any physical or material damage sustained by the candidate either during the performances or when traveling to said performances.
  • International competitors will be provided with an official letter of invitation for respective UK entry..