Developing young guitarists is a key objective of IGF.

To this end we have the following programmes:

Young Artist Platform (YAP)

The transition from the last stage of conservatoire or college to the professional concert platform is when young artists need most help. YAP offers concert opportunities on major UK concert platforms, as well as masterclasses, mentoring and training in a wide range of subjects that young professionals need to develop a successful career.

The young artists are selected by audition.

YAP 2020
Auditions YAP 2021
Past Young Artists

Aspire Platform

This programme is for students at UK conservatoires playing chamber music with guitar. These can be guitar duos, trios and quartets or combinations with other instruments such as violin, flute or any other ensemble which includes a guitar.

This platform is a stepping stone for YAP.

London International Guitar Competition

The best young classical guitarists under the age of 30 compete in this prestigious competition.

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Tomorrow People

This is a platform for young popular contemporary guitarists and singer songwriters. The platform is open to other related instruments such as oud, sitar, kora, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and others.

Outreach: young people and the guitar

The guitar is the most popular instrument with young people, because of its versatility to play every style of music, being portable and relatively affordable. It is the ultimate instrument of diversity and accessibility: no other instrument reaches as many different people as easily as the guitar.  All our festivals and concert series have an important outreach element for schools, colleges and the wider community.

IGF Summer Schools

IGF Summer schools take place across the UK, in the north east (Newcastle and Gateshead), south west (Bath, Cheltenham and Shrewsbury) and London.

We cater for all ages and all styles of music. Our summer schools are much loved by children and young people, they’re inspirational, exciting and great fun!

IGF Guitar Circus

This is a grass roots programme that works in partnership with Music Education Hubs across the UK. The format consists of 3 or 4 of professional guitarists working with school children assisted by their school music leads and MEH teachers. The project runs for several weeks (6 weeks or a whole school term). The project is ignited by the professional guitarists, each playing in a different style (rock, world, blues, classical), developed over a number of weeks by the children, school leads and MEH/IGF tutors and finishes with a performance by the children and the professional musicians playing together.


All our events, especially the educational ones such as our summer schools and workshops are accessible to young people of modest means. We also make many of our concert events accessible through free tickets for 18-year old’s.

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EuroStrings, European Guitar Festival Collaborative

EuroStrings is the first platform of European guitar festivals, led by Zagreb Guitar Festival and ever expanding with an initial 14 members’ festivals in 2018 and reaching 17 members’ festivals in 2020. The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and is the first guitar project ever to receive such funding.

EuroStrings also has partners in the USA and China, making it a truly global project. Each member festival also stages an international guitar competition.

EuroStrings activities include audience development, the creation of new business models, research and development of resources for festival organisers and policy makers but the most important element is the development of emerging young guitarists.

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EuroStrings Scholarship

To help young people of modest means study the guitar in an international context, EuroStrings has developed an annual scholarship programme for young guitar students. Every EuroStrings Platform festival gives one scholarship, resulting in 17 scholarships being granted each year. The scholarship includes entry to all festival concerts, lectures and masterclasses as well as participation in the festival’s international competition. The open call for scholarships is launched on the EuroStrings website in advance of each EuroStrings Platform festival.

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