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© 2019 by Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival

 4-Nights of fingerstyle guitar concerts,

Instructional masterclasses, & Int'l Guitar competition

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September 10-14, 2020

Camp Mitchell at Petit Jean Mountain Morrilton, Arkansas

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Featuring

Luca Stricagnoli

Marcin Patrzalek 

Antoine Dufour 

Alexandr Misko

Gareth Pearson

Matt Thomas

Peter Ciluzzi

Ali Deniz Kardelen

Thomas Leeb

Roger Schmidt

Ian Ethan Case

Stephen Bennett

Don Alder

Sandro Norton

Adam Crossman

Amber Russell

With SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY

Spencer Elliott

RD King

Kevin Blake Goodwin

Travis Bowman

Jorge & Nicole

and more (TBA)

Reid Wick

Sr. Membership and Project Manager,

Recording Academy (GRAMMYs) - Memphis Chapter

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John Stropes

Stropes Publishing, Fingerstyle Guitar Authority, UofW-Milwaukee

Gina Mendello

Owner, CPR Entertainment

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Owen Kirschner

Kirshner Creative Artists

Mark Grover, Festival Ambassador and Host

Kevin Blake Goodwin, Sound Coordinator, Fretmonkey Studio

CAMP MITCHELL
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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 celebrating all genres of fingerstyle guitar! The Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival takes place from September 10-14, 2020 at Camp Mitchell 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 (NEW)

Want to attend the music festival, watch the international guitar competition, and attend the  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 all three events and ALL concerts plus 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, exlusive concert performed by Luca and other perfomers (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 (transporation provided), beer yoga on the bluff with our yoga teacher, and participate in our infamous camper redneck water polo match at the Camp Mitchell pool. 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.

Are you headed to the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas after our festival? You an sign up to receive our festival shuttle transportation information from our registration page. 

General Public Concert Experience

Do you want to attend the live concert and competition events and not the instructional gutiar camp? Purchase our popular 3-day concert festival pass for $90 (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. 

Still have burning questions? Check out our frequently asked questions (FAQs) section below. The folks at Fretmonkey and Candyrat Records, along with Woody (the festival mascot) look forward to hosting you during this monumental event!

Kevin Blake Goodwin

Live Sound Coordinator

Fretmonkey Studio

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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 guitar campers)  

 

Stephen Bennett

Recipient of the 2020 Fingerstyle Collective Legacy Award

Guitar Competition Saturday @ 9AM

with special performance at competition by Jorge + Nicole

Live Competition Judges

John Stropes, Stephen Bennett, Alex Misko, Jake Hertzog, Travis Bowman, Don Alder, Matt Thomas, RD King

Thursday Night VIP

Concert Exclusive to

'Guitar Campers" ONLY

(Event Not Open to the Public)

CONCERT LINEUP

Every Night @7:00 PM

Thursday September 10

Amber Russell

Ali Deniz Kardelen

Adam Crossman

Luca Stricagnoli

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Thursday Night

Camper Open Mic

(Following Concert)

hosted by

Spencer Elliott

w/ special appearances by

RD King

Kevin Blake Goodwin

Travis Bowman

Friday Night September 11

Sandro Norton

Peter Ciluzzi

Alexandr Misko

Marcin Patrzalek

Saturday Night September 12

Roger Schmidt

Gareth Pearson

Don Alder

Stephen Bennett

Sunday Night September 13

Matt Thomas

Antoine Dufour

Thomas Leeb

Ian Ethan Case

Mark Grover

Festival Ambassador &

Competition Host

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Camp Schedule

Updated Schedule Coming Soon!

PERFORMING ARTISTS
Stephen Bennett
Luca Stricagnoli
Marcin Patrzalek
Alexandr Misko
Gareth Pearson
Matt Thomas
Amber Russell
Thomas Leeb
Ali Deniz Kardelen
Antoine Dufour
Adam-Crossman
Don Alder
RD King
Ian Ethan Case
Sandro Norton
Roger Schmidt
Spencer Elliott
Travis Bowman
Peter Ciluzzi
Kevin Blake Goodwin
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 Mandello
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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 competiting in the Live Competition in Arkanas 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 HeadliningPerformance Spot at the  Fingerstyle Collective Europe (Porto, Portugal). Includes airfare, housing, meals, and artist payment. 

  • ToneDevil Harp Guitar with 2021 Headlinging Performance Spot at the International Guitar Festival Cartagena de Indias - Colombia (Cartegena, Colombia). Includes airfare, housing, meals, and artist payment. 

NEW

Other 1st Place Prizes

  • The Grand Prize Winner will receive a scholarship (undergraduate or graduate program) 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).  

  • D'Addario String Prize Pack

  • Elite Acoustics Stompmix X6 Digital Mixer w/Bluetooth

  • ToneWoodAmp 

  • Guitar transciption 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 at 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

  • 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

  • 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

* IF SELECTED, ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED ON DAY OF COMPETITION 

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Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival Online Competition

Presented by Mayson Guitars

ONLINE COMPETITION PRIZES

 1st Place Prizes

  • The Grand Prize Winner will receive a scholarship (undergraduate or graduate program) 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 MS 7 Guitar  

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

  • G7th Capo Gold Engraved Performance 3 Capo

  • Guitar transciption (tablature) service for one song from guitar-transcriptions.com
  • 1 $300 USD Gift Certificate for service of choice at Fretmonkey Records Recording Studio
  • 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

  • Mayson MS 5 Guitar

  • G7th Capo Silver Engraved Performance 3 Capo

  • 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

  • Festival Trophy Plaque

  • G7th Capo Black Engraved Performance 3 Capo

  • 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

International Guitar Competition

Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 9AM

Win Great Prizes and the Artist Opportunity of a Lifetime!

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Matt Thomas, 2019 Fingerstyle Collective 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

One of the many 2019 prizes!

One of the many 2020 prizes

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).