Aspiring Artists Can Sign up Starting Today

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Guitar Center, the world’s largest musical instrument retailer, continues it’s ongoing support of and commitment to aspiring artists with the launch of their new competition program Master Satriani. Developed by Guitar Center in partnership with Ibanez and D’addario to inspire guitarists to reach their full potential, the program offers musicians nationwide the chance to take a master class with Multi-Grammy Nominated guitarist Joe Satriani. Master Satriani, which begins accepting submissions on July 1, will offer ten emerging artists the unprecedented opportunity to learn from the guitar virtuoso and go home with a prize package that includes gear from Ibanez and D’addario. Ten different Satriani tracks from his legendary career will be provided for entrants to submit to Satriani – “His songs, your chops”. He will handpick the ten, who will then be flown out to Los Angeles.

How to Enter: Starting today through August 28, unsigned artists across the United States are invited to record one of the ten official Satriani backing tracks provided and submit their audition at

Master Satriani Grand Prize Winners Will Receive:

*VIP Trip to Los Angeles to attend a private master class with Joe Satriani
*An Ibanez JS20S Joe Satriani Signature Electric Guitar
*A D’Addario Grand Accessory Prize Package

“I firmly believe that the best way to hone your skills is to learn from fellow musicians,” says Joe Satriani. “I’m excited to see what new talent comes through in these auditions and honored to partner with Guitar Center, Ibanez and D’addario on such a unique venture to give back to the guitar community.”

“Without musicians, there is no Guitar Center – so helping musicians further their passions and succeed is extremely important to us” said Dustin Hinz, director of music and entertainment marketing + artist relations for Guitar Center. “We continuously strive to provide a multitude of fresh, exciting opportunities to musicians looking to hone their skills, and that is exactly what Master Satriani provides, a chance for aspiring guitarists to refine their craft by learning from the best in the business.”

As the world’s largest retailer of musical instruments, Guitar Center is dedicated to supporting the global music community and providing musicians with opportunities to get their music heard. Guitar Center’s commitment to unsigned artists runs deep with a full calendar year of diverse programs aimed to enable musicians by providing the opportunity and exposure they need to be successful. No other retailer is developing platforms for their customer like Guitar Center.

Guitar Center’s musicianship programs include the award winning music television series Guitar Center Sessions, the weekly radio show Connections Made By Guitar Center, and the acclaimed podcast series At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt as well as various competition based programs such as Guitar Center Presents Your Next Record, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center Drum Off, Guitar Center On-Stage and Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues. More information on Guitar Center can be found by visiting the Company’s Web site at


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