Thank you to all the participants!
Application is now closed.
The winners will be announced here on August 16th, 2021.


Prizes include

1 Year's Free Tuition

at the American Guitar Academy, online interactive courses, concert tickets, and more!

Video submission deadline:

July 15th, 2021

Send your video now to:

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Thanks for submitting!





In the event that winners do not reside in Tokyo, private lessons can be taken online. 


General Guidelines


  • No age limit

  • Any style

  • The judges are looking for potential as well as existing skill




  • Video submission deadline: July 15th, 2021

  • Finalists will be selected by The American Guitar Academy

  • The winners will be chosen by Steve Lukather and Larry Carlton

  • Winner announcement: August 16th, 2021. The winner will be announced via and via email.


Video Guidelines


  • The use of backing tracks is permitted (see sample track below). 

  • Length: ≤ 5 minutes

  • The hands and face of the competitor should be visible at all times.

  • The video must be recorded in one take.

  • The use of effects at the time of recording (e.g. distortion on a rock song) is permitted. Edits and post-production are not allowed.

  • Competitors may not make their video publicly available before July 15th, 2021.


Submitting Your Video


  • The title of the video should be TAGA Scholarship Contest 2021, Participant’s Name, (e.g. TAGA Scholarship Contest 2021, Taro Yamada).

  • Entries will be accepted by post, an email to, common video sharing platforms such as YouTube or Vimeo, or file sharing platforms such as WeTransfer, Google Drive, or DropBox. 

  • The video description should contain the composer and name of the piece played.

  • Videos uploaded to video sharing platforms must be uploaded as “Unlisted” and the video comments should be deactivated.


Terms and Conditions


  • Not open to current TAGA Students 

  • Not open to employees of Rittor Music, Shinko Music Entertainment, The American Guitar Academy or their families

  • Restricted to one entry each

  • Applicants acknowledge that submitting unrepresentative videos or incorrect information will result in disqualification

  • The judges’ decision is final

  • Your personal details will not be shared outside of The American Guitar Academy 

Got Questions?

Thank you!