4-Nights of fingerstyle guitar concerts,

Instructional masterclasses, & Int'l Guitar competition

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FRETMONKEY

 4-Nights of EPIC

fingerstyle guitar concerts,

Instructional masterclasses taught by event headliners, & one of the biggest International 

acoustic Guitar competitions

on the planet!

 

Featuring

Luca Stricagnoli

STEPHEN BENNETT

Marcin Patrzalek 

Antoine Dufour 

Alexandr Misko

Gareth Pearson

Matt Thomas

Peter Ciluzzi

Ali Deniz Kardelen

Thomas Leeb

Roger Schmidt

Ian Ethan Case

Don Alder

Sandro Norton

Adam Crossman

Amber Russell

Kevin Harding

 

with special guest 

JAZZ Guitarist

Jonathan Kreisberg

Plus SPECIAL

APPEARANCES BY

Spencer Elliott

RD King

Kevin Blake Goodwin

Ryan Ayers

Travis Bowman

Jorge & Nicole

Drew Alkema

and more (TBA)

Reid Wick

Sr. Membership, 

Project Manager,

Recording Academy (Grammys)  

Memphis Chapter

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John Stropes

Stropes Publishing,

Fingerstyle Guitar Authority,

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Gina Mendello

CPR Entertainment,

  Nashville, Tennessee

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Owen Kirschner

Kirshner Creative Artists, 

Long Beach, California

 

Hosted By

Dennis and Alicia Cotabish, Fretmonkey

Rob and Holly Poland, Candyrat Records

Mark Grover, Festival Ambassador

Kevin Blake Goodwin, Fretmonkey Studio USA

 

It's a Live Music Festival

It's an Instructional Guitar Camp

It's an Int'l Guitar Competition

It's a World-Class Guitar Community

It's Monumental!

Welcome tribe! You've found your people!

The international guitar community of Fretmonkey and world-renowned fingerstyle guitar record label Candyrat Records have joined forces to host its 2nd monumental fingerstyle guitar community event. Funded in part by the Fingerstyle Collective International Foundation (a 501c3 charity formed to support fingerstyle guitar community events), the Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival celebrates all forms and genres of fingerstyle guitar. The event takes place September 10-14, 2020 at Camp Mitchell and is located on the bluffs of Petit Jean Mountain in Morrilton, Arkansas. Events include a live music festival (Friday through Sunday nights at 7PM), an international guitar competition with unprecedented prizes (at 9AM on Saturday), and beginner to advanced level instructional guitar master classes taught by event headliners and featured presentations by music industry professionals taught. All ages and levels of interests are welcome to register for all events! Come join the guitar community event you've been searching for. 

The VIP Instructional Guitar Camp Experience

Want to attend the music festival, watch the international guitar competition, and attend the outstanding instructional guitar camp? We've got the perfect package for all budgets and it includes lodging and all meals! The VIP Guitar Camp Registration gives you access to the instructional guitar camp PLUS all concerts and event and access to the exclusive VIP Thursday night experience which includes a welcome wine-and-cheese reception at the Rockefeller Museum of Automobiles, and a special meet-and-greet opportunity with Luca Stricagnoli followed by a  private, exclusive concert performed by Luca and other performers (Luca and guests will not be performing at any other time during the festival)! The Thursday night VIP experience ends with a camper-exclusive Open Mic Night that only takes place on this very special night! During scheduled break times throughout the weekend, VIP campers can also take part in our new (free) camper exclusive activities such as a guided hiking excursion offered through Petit Jean State Park (transportation provided), beer yoga on the bluff with our yoga teacher, or test your skills at our (infamous) camp-exclusive redneck water polo match at the Camp Mitchell pool after a day of guitar master classes. Campers can also play under the stars during the two festival camp fire jams. Or choose to simply relax and take in the beauty of majestic Petit Jean Mountain...Arkansas is called the "Natural State" for a reason.

In addition to providing instructional guitar masterclasses throughout the festival, we also are offering you a very special opportunity to sign up for CPR Entertainment's Artist Management Mastermind Workshop taught by Gina Mendello where you can learn strategies for attracting a manager, booking, marketing, and using social media to take your music to the next level. Gina has worked with artists such as Australian virtuoso guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, Canadian Nuevo Flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook, International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion and Guitarist of the Year Christie Lenée, multi award winning singer/songwriters Catherine Britt and Daniel Champagne, virtuoso guitarists Clive Carroll, Peppino D’Agostino and more. 

If by chance you are you headed to the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas after our festival, you an sign up for shuttle transportation on our registration page. 

General Public Concert Experience

Do you want to attend the live concert and competition events and not the instructional guitar camp? Purchase our popular 3-day concert festival pass for $95 (tent/hammock and camping packages are available as inexpensive add-on options) or our daily concert pass for $35. Food is available on-site as well as other nightly lodging options. Don't want to stay at the camp grounds? We've made arrangements with local hotels for discounted rates. See FAQs (below) for details or contact us at 501-346-8228 or festival@fretmonkeyrecords.com. 

The folks at Fretmonkey and Candyrat Records, along with Woody (the festival mascot) look forward to hosting you during this monumental event!

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2019 Festival

(Woody, the Festival Mascot)

Join the Festival BBQ Celebration on Friday Night! Purchase you tickets now on registration site!

(Free for Instructional Guitar Campers)  

Purchase on site or bring your own!

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Guitar Competition Saturday @ 9AM

with special performance at competition by Jorge + Nicole

Live Competition Judges: John Stropes, Jake Hertzog, Stephen Bennett, Alex Misko,

RD King, Don Alder, Ryan Ayers and Antoine Dufour

 

Competition hosts: Mark Grover and Travis Bowman

Thursday Night VIP

Concert Exclusive to

'Guitar Campers" ONLY

(Event Not Open to the Public)

Thursday September 10

Drew Alkema

Kevin Harding

Amber Russell

Ali Deniz Kardelen

Adam Crossman

Luca Stricagnoli

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Thursday Night

Furch Guitars Open Mic

(Following Concert)

hosted by

Furch's Marc Harris

w/ special appearances by

Spencer Elliott

RD King

Kevin Blake Goodwin

Travis Bowman

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CONCERT LINEUP

Every Night @7:00 PM

Friday Night September 11

Sandro Norton

Peter Ciluzzi

Alexandr Misko

Marcin Patrzalek

Saturday Night September 12

Roger Schmidt

Matt Thomas

Gareth Pearson

Don Alder

Stephen Bennett

Sunday Night September 13

Antoine Dufour

Thomas Leeb

Ian Ethan Case

Jonathan Kreisberg

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Instructional Guitar Camp Schedule

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Stephen Bennett

Recipient of the 2020 Fingerstyle Collective Legacy Award

Presentation by

John Stropes, 2019 Recipient

at 8:45 PM

Saturday, September 12th

Mark Grover

Festival Ambassador &

Competition Host

 

September 10-14, 2020

Camp Mitchell at Petit Jean Mountain Morrilton, Arkansas

 
PERFORMING ARTISTS
Stephen Bennett
Luca Stricagnoli
Jonathan Kreisberg
Marcin Patrzalek
Antoine Dufour
Alexandr Misko
Don Alder
Ian Ethan Case
Thomas Leeb
Gareth Pearson
Spencer Elliott
Matt Thomas
Peter Ciluzzi
Amber Russell
Ali Deniz Kardelen
Adam-Crossman
RD King
Sandro Norton
Roger Schmidt
Travis Bowman
Kevin Blake Goodwin
Ryan Ayers
Jorge and Nicole
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GUEST SPEAKERS
John Stropes
Reid Wick
Sr. Membership and Project Manager,
Recording Academy - Memphis Chapter
Owen Kirschner
Gina Mendello
Show More
 

NOW TWO COMPETITIONS 

(LIVE and ONLINE)

WIN HUGE PRIZES

More Prizes To Be Announced Soon!

LIVE COMPETITION PRIZES

(MUST BE PRESENT AT FESTIVAL)

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners competing in the Live Competition in Arkansas will select from among three Guitar Prize Packages.

1st place winner will choose guitar prize package first, 2nd place will choose from the two remaining packages, and the 3rd place winner will receive the remaining guitar prize package. 

  • Mayson MS7 Guitar with 2021 Mayson Solo Artist Tour in China (multiple cities in China over one week). Includes airfare, housing, meals, and artist payment. 

  • Boucher SGI Grand Auditorium Guitar with 2021 Headlining Performance Spot at the  Fingerstyle Collective Europe (Porto, Portugal). Includes airfare, housing, meals, and artist payment. 

  • ToneDevil Model D Harp Guitar with 2021 Headlining Performance Spot at the Festival Internacional de Guitarra - Cartagena de Indias (Cartagena, Colombia). Includes airfare, housing, meals, and artist payment. 

Other 1st Place Prizes

  • The 1st Place Winner will receive a $6,000 USD per year scholarship to the University of Arkansas Guitar Performance Program located in Fayetteville, Arkansas (USA). Out-of-state students / international students will also be eligible for additional support with non-resident tuition. (This scholarship is contingent on acceptance into the University of Arkansas, a maintained university Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher and faculty approval.)

  • Your choice of Guitar with associated performance package (China, Portugal, Colombia).  

  • Teaching / Performance Spot at 2021 Kevuân Fingerstyle Guitar Camp in France (includes meals and lodging)

  • D'Addario String Prize Pack

  • Elite Acoustics Stompmix X6 Digital Mixer w/Bluetooth

  • ToneWoodAmp 

  • Guitar transcription service (tablature) for one song from guitar-transcriptions.com 

  • G7th Capo Gold Engraved Performance 3 Capo

  • 1 CPR Artist Management Mastermind Course

  • Hand-rendered logo by Sean De Burca Design 

  • 1 Video feature on Pick-A-Riff (Instagram)

  • 3 Candyrat Records Social Media Video Features

  • 3 Fretmonkey Records Social Media Video Features

  • $300USD Gift Certificate for services of choice from Fretmonkey Records Recording Studio

  • NAMM Badge to Attend 2021 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California

  • Housing at Fretmonkey NAMM Artist House

  • NAMM Booth performance slot

  • Airfare, meals, and housing to perform as  Headliner at the 2021 USA Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival

  • Festival Trophy

  • Festival T-Shirt

 

2nd Place Prizes

  • The 2nd Place Winner will receive a $5,000 USD per year scholarship to the University of Arkansas Guitar Performance Program located in Fayetteville, Arkansas (USA). Out-of-state students / international students will also be eligible for additional support with non-resident tuition. (This scholarship is contingent on acceptance into the University of Arkansas, a maintained university Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher and faculty approval.)

  • Pick among the two remaining prize-winning guitars with associated performance package (China, Portugal, Colombia).

  • D'Addario String Prize Pack

  • Elite Acoustics Stompmix X4 Digital Mixer w/Bluetooth

  • G7th Capo Silver Engraved Performance 3 Capo

  • 1 Video feature on Pick-A-Riff (Instagram)

  • 2 Candyrat Records Social Media Video Features

  • 2 Fretmonkey Social Media Video Features

  • NAMM Show Badge to Attend 2021 Winter NAMM

  • Housing at Fretmonkey NAMM Artist House

  • NAMM Booth Performance slot

  • Festival Trophy

  • Festival T-Shirt

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3rd Place Prizes

  • The 3rd Place Winner will receive a $4,000 USD per year scholarship to the University of Arkansas Guitar Performance Program located in Fayetteville, Arkansas (USA). Out-of-state students / international students will also be eligible for additional support with non-resident tuition. (This scholarship is contingent on acceptance into the University of Arkansas, a maintained university Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher and faculty approval.)

  • Remaining prize-winning guitar with associated performance package (China, Portugal, Colombia)

  • D'Addario String Prize Pack

  • Elite Acoustics Stompmix X4 Digital Mixer w/Bluetooth

  • G7th Capo Black Engraved Performance 3 Capo

  • 1 Video feature on Pick-A-Riff (Instagram)

  • 1 Candyrat Records Social Media Video Feature

  • 1 Fretmonkey Social Media Video Feature

  • Festival Trophy

  • Festival T-Shirt

 

4th Place Prizes

  • Festival Trophy

  • G7th Capo Black Engraved Performance 3 Capo

  • 1 Candyrat Records Social Media Feature

  • 1 Fretmonkey Social Media Feature

  • Festival T-Shirt

 

5th Place Prizes

  • Festival Trophy

  • G7th Capo Black Engraved Performance 3 Capo

  • Festival T-Shirt

 

 FESTIVAL ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE

IF SELECTED TO COMPETE IN THE LIVE COMPETITION

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Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival Online Competition

Presented by Mayson Guitars

ONLINE COMPETITION PRIZES

 1st Place Prizes

  • The 1st Place Winner will receive a $6,000 USD per year scholarship to the University of Arkansas Guitar Performance Program located in Fayetteville, Arkansas (USA). Out-of-state students / international students will also be eligible for additional support with non-resident tuition. (This scholarship is contingent on acceptance into the University of Arkansas, a maintained university Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher and faculty approval.)

  • Mayson Primrose(MS1SCE2)

  • Airfare, meals, and housing to perform as  Headliner at the 2021 USA Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival or the 2021 Europe Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival in Porto, Portugal.

  • Camp registration to attend 2021 Kevuân Fingerstyle Guitar Camp in France

  • ToneWoodAmp 

  • G7th Capo Gold Engraved Performance 3 Capo

  • Guitar transcription (tablature) service for one song from guitar-transcriptions.com
  • $300 USD Gift Certificate for service of choice from Fretmonkey Records Recording Studio
  • 3-Song EP Recording at Fretmonkey Studio - Portugal
  • 1 CPR Artist Management Mastermind Course

  • 3 Candyrat Records Social Media Video Features

  • 3 Fretmonkey Social Media Video Features

  • 1 Video Feature on Pick-A-Riff (Instagram)
  • NAMM Show Badge to Attend 2021 Winter NAMM and play Mayson Guitar Booth

  • Housing at Fretmonkey NAMM Artist House

  • Festival Trophy Plaque

  • Festival T-Shirt

2nd Place Prizes

  • The 2nd Place Winner will receive a $5,000 USD per year scholarship to the University of Arkansas Guitar Performance Program located in Fayetteville, Arkansas (USA). Out-of-state students / international students will also be eligible for additional support with non-resident tuition. (This scholarship is contingent on acceptance into the University of Arkansas, a maintained university Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher and faculty approval.)

  • Mayson M5 SCE Guitar

  • G7th Capo Silver Engraved Performance 3 Capo

  • 2-Song Recording at Fretmonkey Studio - Portugal

  • 2 Candyrat Records Social Video Media Features

  • 2 Fretmonkey Social Media Video Features

  • NAMM Show Badge to Attend 2021 Winter NAMM and play Mayson Guitar Booth

  • Festival Trophy Plaque

  • Festival T-Shirt

3rd Place Prizes

  • The 3rd Place Winner will receive a $4,000 USD per year scholarship to the University of Arkansas Guitar Performance Program located in Fayetteville, Arkansas (USA). Out-of-state students / international students will also be eligible for additional support with non-resident tuition. (This scholarship is contingent on acceptance into the University of Arkansas, a maintained university Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher and faculty approval.)

  • Mayson Alpha 3 Guitar

  • Festival Trophy Plaque

  • G7th Capo Black Engraved Performance 3 Capo

  • 1-Song Recording at Fretmonkey Studio - Portugal

  • 1 Candyrat Records Social Media Video Feature

  • 1 Fretmonkey Social Media Video Feature

  • NAMM Show Badge to Attend 2021 Winter NAMM to play Mayson Guitar Booth

  • Festival T-Shirt

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Scholarships!

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International Guitar Competition

Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 9AM

Win Great Prizes and the Artist Opportunity of a Lifetime!

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FRETMONKEY

Matt Thomas, 2019 Fingerstyle Collective Live Competition Winner
2019 Winners Announced! 
1st Place: Matt Thomas, USA
2nd Place: Hwajong Kim, Korea
3rd Place: Gints Smukais, Latvia
4th Place: Nick Johnson, USA
5th Place: Ian Franko, USA

Some of the many 2020 prizes!!!!

Mayson MS7 Guitar 

+ 2021 Mayson Solo Artist Tour in China (multiple cities over the span of a week)

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ToneDevil Model D Harp Guitar + 2021 Headlinging Performance Spot at the International Guitar Festival Cartagena de Indias - Colombia (Cartegena, Colombia).

Boucher SGI Grand Auditorium Guitar + 2021 Headlining Performance Spot at the  Fingerstyle Collective Europe (Porto, Portugal). 

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Boucher SGI Grand Auditorium Guitar (picture coming soon). 

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D'Addario Prize Package

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EAE Stompmix

10 Camp Mitchell Road

Morrilton, Arkansas (USA)

Setting

Camp Mitchell is located on a bluff atop Petit Jean Mountain (pronounced Petty Jeen) in central Arkansas among 600 acres of pristine forestry. The camp is situated in a rustic natural setting and next to Petit Jean State Park. Hiking trails and overlooks are plentiful. Check them out here! The retreat center features dorm-style, chalet, and bunkhouse rooms with private and shared bathroom facilities. Free wifi is available. 

Transportation

Camp Mitchell is located one hour (68 miles) from the Little Rock, Arkansas airport. If traveling by car, it's an easy drive down I-40 to the Morrilton, Arkansas exit. Airport shuttle services are offered as an add-on options (see camp registration form for details). 

 

Packages, Room Types & PRICING

GENERAL PUBLIC OPTIONS

ALL-INCLUSIVE VIP INSTRUCTIONAL GUITAR CAMP PACKAGES

Includes Masterclasses, Meals, Bonus Concert Night,

Applicable Lodging, and exclusive VIP Experiences!

*Payment Plans Available Through June 5th

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What’s Included in All-Inclusive ‘VIP Instructional Guitar Camp Package’

  • Accommodations (based on your selection) with access to pool and Camp Mitchell facilities

  • 3 chef-prepared meals a day with tea and coffee served throughout the day

  • All master class workshops, spectator pass to international guitar competition, and concert entertainment for 4 days and nights

  • Parking

  • Wifi

  • Planned sightseeing excursions (e.g., guided hiking tour)

  • Thursday Night VIP Exclusive Experience including private concert with Luca Stricagnoli and others (Luca’s only performance at the festival), wine and cheese reception at Rockefeller Automobile Museum (transport provided), and opportunity to participate in Festival Open Mic in front of Candyrat Records, Fretmonkey, and festival headliners (only time Open Mic is offered at the 2020 festival)

  • Camp activities including Camp Fire Jam, Beer Yoga, and Redneck Water Polo

What’s Not Included in Camp Package

  • Airport transportation

  • Airport shuttle transportation (can be purchased as an add-on options)

  • Gina Mendello's Mastermind Workshop (can be purchased as an add-on option)

  • Personal alcohol and snacks

  • Personal music gear – please bring your own instrument if you are not signing up for our premium upgrade

 

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • All rates are per person unless stated otherwise

  • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Fingerstyle Collective Festival reserves the right to change any price or offering at any time without prior notice.

  • All rates are subject to 9.9% service charge which includes all state and local taxes, and/or service fees.

 

Installment Payment Plans

  • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% deposit of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit/debit card.

  • 100% of the remaining balance is due June 5, 2020.

Cancellations

  • All payments and deposits are non-refundable

 

Arrival and Departure Time (NEW)

  • Registered festival campers may arrive as early as noon (10:00 AM) on Thursday, September 10, 2020 and must check in at the festival registration desk upon arrival. The VIP Thursday Night Experience will begin promptly at 5 PM on Thursday. Late arrivals throughout the festival weekend are permitted.

  • General public ticket holders who have purchased the ‘3 Day Festival Pass + 3 Night Camping’ package may arrive as early as noon (12 PM) on Friday, September 11, 2020. All other general ticket holders will not be permitted to enter the festival grounds until 5PM on Friday, September 11th (this policy is strictly enforced).

  • All attendees must depart by 10:30 AM on Monday, September 14, 2020.

For complete details, see our registration and payment policies

Are you an amazing Solo Guitarist or Singer-Songwriter who has the talent to be massively successful?  Are you determined, committed and have boundless energy? 

Then sign up for

CPR Entertainment's Mastermind Workshop for Developing and Professional Artist

by Gina Mendello

as a festival package upgrade during

your registration checkout!

Pre-festival Developing Artist Management Workshop (Thursday 12 Noon to 4 PM) - $297 Add-On

Pre-festival Developing Artist Management Workshop (Thursday 12 Noon to 4 PM) - $297 Add-On

CPR Entertainment
 

UPGRADE YOUR FESTIVAL 

PACKAGE WITH THESE SPECIAL DEALS FROM OUR SPONSORS

 

*Add product on to your festival registration for pickup at festival or email a copy of your festival registration to the contact person listed to receive product immediately. 

Contact Us at (1) 501-346-8228

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