Electric guitar

up to 18 years old

1. 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.
– Document for paid fee;
– Completed and signed GDPR declaration (protection of personal data) – HERE;
– Photo;
– A declaration from a parent confirming the age of the participant – HERE.

2. The competition program has a maximum duration of 8 minutes. Participants present а downloadable link with the video recording with freely selected works in musical style from the following:
– rock
– blues
– fusion
– jazz
– ethno-jazz
– and others.
Each participant can use only an electric guitar.
The repertoire is performed by heart!

3. 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. 
– 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. 


  1. Recommendations for video recording can be seen here.
  1. The participation fee is 60 BGN (approx. 30 euro) and has to be paid until 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

    6. The criteria for evaluation 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!

7. Participants can perform as soloists and / or present pieces with a backing track (instrumental recording on flash memory or CD). The performance can be accompanied by one to three accompanists who have a supporting role. The accompanists do not pay a participation fee. Their skills are not evaluated. They do not compete and do not receive prizes. The accompanists are registered at the registration of the participants


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 cannot be shared between two participants. Second and third prizes can be shared between two participants with a very close result.
-90-100 points (first prize);
-80-89 points (second prize);
-70-79 points (third prize).

9. Prize fund: 

First Prize: Electric guitar, free full participation in online guitar academy (JUNE 2021);  participation in a virtual concert of the winners of the festival, a digital diploma; (monetary equivalent of the entire prize: approx. 500 euro)
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;
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.