One of the motivations for students is having opportunities to perform with district honor ensembles, all-state ensembles and all-national ensembles. In addition, students like competing in solo & ensemble festivals, and performing in recitals and concerts. Much of these things only happen if directors take the initiative to organize these events.
There are national events that students may also participate in. Here are some annual events currently available. Many universities also host annual guitar festivals and competitions. We will list those events once they become public.