I am the manager of the Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival. The Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival is an annual, multi-genre competition which features four different categories—Rock/Blues, Fingerstyle, Jazz, and Classical. The second annual competition and festival will take place August 14-16, 2014 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (near Milwaukee, WI). Contestants compete for $22,000 in prize money.

With the May 31st deadline for the application approaching, I am reaching out to guitarist around the country in an effort to spread the word. Please feel free to share this link with your students and colleagues:


The first round is via youtube.com or DVD submission.

Also, we’ve updated the Wilson Center Guitar Competition and Festival website to include an easy-to-use online application:


If you have any questions or I can be of further assistance in any way, please feel free to contact me.

Don Sipe
Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival Manager