Our History

Since its founding in 1984, the Minnesota Guitar Society (MGS) has entertained, expanded, and developed audiences, supported local artists, promoted musical diversity through two annual concert series that present regionally and internationally known artists, provided workshops, masterclasses, and other educational programs, and informed our members and the wider Twin Cities community through our newsletter, website, and social media. The MGS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with elected board members and officers. It is a largely volunteer organization with one-part-time paid staff person (the Managing Director) who is responsible for program planning and implementation, concert promotion, volunteer recruitment, and fundraising. The MGS is supported by one of the largest dues-paying memberships among the 60-plus guitar societies in the US. Our members come from a range of socioeconomic groups—a reflection of the cross-cultural appeal of the guitar and guitar-related music.

Our Mission

The Minnesota Guitar Society promotes the guitar in all its stylistic and cultural diversity through sponsorship of public forums, concerts, and workshops. We serve as an educational and social link between the community and amateur and professional guitarists of all ages.