Invest in the future of the guitar

Education, commissions, new audiences 

New players, new music, new audiences


IGF Gold Level Supporter – £1,000 click here for more info & benefits

IGF Silver Level Supporter – £100 click here for more info & benefits

IGF Supporter – £25 click here for more info & benefits


-You can also donate a different amount, please contact us on to discuss your options. 


As the saying goes: ‘without the music of today there will be no music of tomorrow’.  The guitar is badly neglected by UK mainstream music institutions which virtually never commission any new work for guitar.


This neglect is only matched by the lack of performing opportunities for young guitarists on major UK platforms. As a consequence audiences for serious guitar music are dwindling.


This is why IGF’s work is so important and we are asking for your help funding it.


Our New Music commissioning (over 70 works since 1997) and young artist programmes such as the Young Artist Platform, Tomorrow People, UK Conservatoire events and the prestigious London International Guitar Competition are vital for the future of the serious guitar.


Public funding is under great pressure with local and national government making massive cuts. The knock on effect is that major UK arts institutions now also apply to many of the smaller trusts and foundations that IGF traditionally receives funding from. Commercial sponsorship is also dwindling with many companies downsizing or disappearing altogether.


It seems that it now falls to us all as individuals and lovers of our beautiful instrument to support this vital work.


This is why we appeal directly to you as lovers of serious guitar music and ask you to invest in its future!


Projects funded by your donation:


New Music Commissions

We will add a minimum of three new high quality works to the guitar’s repertoire per annum.


IGF has commissioned over 70 works for guitar solo, guitar in ensemble and 3 concertos from a wide range of composers including Howard Skempton, Giles Swayne, Terry Riley, Kevin Volans, Graham Fitkin, Alwynne Pritchard, Joe Cutler, Deirdre Gribbin, Joby Talbot, Edward McGuire, John Metcalfe, Alistair King, Stephen Goss, Effy and Litha Efthymiou, Errollyn Wallen and others.

We have also staged over 200 world and UK premieres of new work.


Young Artist Platform (YAP, for young classical players) and Tomorrow People (TP, for popular styles and singer songwriters)

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The programme not only offers performance opportunities on major concert platforms but also includes workshops in composition & improvisation, marketing & PR, recording and web-based distribution & business skills.


Whereas there are many schemes available for young classical and non-classical musicians to cut their teeth, young guitarists have been left out in the cold. In the critical phase just after leaving music college there are many opportunities for the orchestral musician and various possibilities for chamber music and piano players but virtually nothing for guitarists.


Our young artist programmes YAP and TP will ignite the careers of young performers, both in classical and contemporary/popular styles.


We select the young players through auditions and our Panels include experts from the world of education (senior guitar teachers from the UK’s major conservatoires and music colleges), journalism and concert promotion.


London International Guitar Competition


mikkelWDRMost countries and capital cities have a prestigious international guitar competition, often several. In the UK it has been over 30 years one was held. IGF has filled this void with LIGC.


This major international guitar competition takes place at London’s prestigious Kings Place with the semifinal held on a rotating basis at the four major London conservatoires, in 2013 this is The Royal College of Music. Competitors from over 30 countries, and the first round on YouTube attracted over 66,000 hits on LIGF’s Facebook page. Jury is comprised of the Heads of Guitar of London’s leading music colleges, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College, GSMD and Trinity Laban. Prize money is £7,000 and concerts at IGF festivals.


We commission a new work from a leading UK composer every edition. This year’s composer is Gabriel Jackson.


A competition like this does wonders for the prestige of the serious guitar with the general public and it provides a great stepping stone for the young guitarists taking part.


Click on the levels below to see the benefits of your much appreciated donation.


IGF Gold Level Supporter – £1,000 – click here for more info & benefits

IGF Silver Level Supporter – £100 – click here for more info & benefits

IGF Supporter – £25 – click here for more info & benefits



-You can also donate a different amount, please contact us on to discuss your options.