Guitar and voice-for bands, soloists, duets and more

up to 18 years

1. This group is intended for soloists, duets, bands and more
The competition program has a maximum duration of 8 minutes. Participants present a downloadable link with the video recording with freely selected works in musical style from the following:
– jazz
– pop
– rock
– and others.
In case the project is by one artist, he should present his vocal repertoire with guitar accompaniment. Each participant can use an acoustic guitar – steel string guitar, electric guitar, classical guitar – nylon string guitar or all types of guitar at their discretion, depending on the nature of the songs presented. The use of other musical instruments is also allowed. (base, drums, strings, brass..) The maximum number of participants in a group is 8. It is not allowed to perform instrumental compositions! The repertoire is performed by heart!

2. Prize fund:
First prize: “Kremona” guitar-Rondo R65CW , participation in a virtual concert of the winners of the festival, a digital diploma; 
Second prize: digital diploma, note sheets in pdf version, participation in a virtual concert of the winners of the festival;
Third prize: digital diploma, note sheets in pdf version, participation in a virtual concert of the winners of the festival

3. In this group, participants are up to the age of 18 (Born in 2002 or later, as of the start date of the competition). 

    In order to register for participation, each participant must fill in the online registration form until 11.1.2021 in which to attach:
– А downloadable link with the video recording made for the competition (suggested platforms: google drive, dropbox, wetransfer, one drive et.c.) Please do not send facebook or youtube links because of quality compression risk.
– Completed and signed GDPR declaration (protection of personal data) – HERE;
– Photo;
– A declaration from a parent confirming the age of the participant – HERE. 
– Document for paid fee;

4. Video recording requirements:
-As proof that the video is made specially for this competition, the participant is obliged to pronounce his/her name, year of birth, as well as the program which will be presented.
– The recording should be uploaded as a downloadable link in the application form;
– Hands and face should be clearly visible throughout the recording;
– The whole competition program must be performed as in a normal competition (all pieces are shot in one video file, in one frame, without any additional video or audio editing);
– Suggested audio level: from -12 db to -6 db  (peak -3 db/lowest point -18 db)
– Recommended place for recording: a concert hall with the necessary acoustic for gutar. In case of impossibility, a recording made at home is also allowed. Videos made in an outdoor environment will not be allowed.
– The camcorder is not allowed to stop during recording;
– The record that does not meet the required conditions will be returned to the participant, with a request to send in time a new record that meets all the rules. 

5. Recommendations for video recording can be seen here.

6. The participation fee is  60 BGN (approx. 31 euro) and has to be paid until November 11.1 2021. 

The fee is transferred by bank transfer, by credit and debit cards or through the paypal payment system:
– Bank account:
First Investment Bank
IBAN: BG25FINV91501216145615
RECIPIENT: Art Close to Me Association
Purpose of payment: Participation fee + name of participant + category in which he will participate

– Address for PayPal transaction: [email protected]
Purpose of payment: Participation fee + name of participant + category in which he will participate

7. The criteria of the jury are: choice of repertoire (different eras and styles), artistic and technical difficulty, correctness of the musical text, interpretation, quality of tone, stage presence.

The jury  reserves the right not to award all announced prizes. The decisions of the jury are final and indisputable!

8. The results are officially announced in the online platform “zCore”, which will be posted on the festival website. Participants, as well as their friends or parents, are not allowed to request results from members of the jury before their official announcement by the organizers.
First prize is not shared between two participants. Second and third prizes can be shared between two participants with a very close result.

9. Every participant in this category  will receive:

– diploma for participating in a digital version;
– voucher for 10 % discount on the fee for participation in Summer guitar academy which will be held in Pleven, Bulgaria in the end of July, 2021;
– voucher for 20 % discount on the fee for participation in online guitar academy which will be held  in the end of June, 2021;
– voucher for 15 % discount on the fee for online guitar masterclass during Pleven Guitar Fest 2020;
– voucher for 15 % discount on the fee for all webinars during Pleven Guitar Fest 2020.