I've been learning guitar for a year. Sometimes it can be really lonely practising without a band or someone to perform with. How do I find motivation to continue learning? Sometimes I'm envious of my friends who gig once a week or month.
Assuming you have a teacher (you should !) ask them to set up a jam leading to a concert with the other pupils. Even if they are all at different levels, it won't matter. The teacher should be able to give appropriate parts to each. Suggest song you would like to do. Backing tracks are readily available on the 'net, so use some of these to play along to - they're more friendly than a band, and you can stop them while you practise without them getting upset.You could even consider trying to teach a friend or sibling how to play, and then playing along with them. Actually teaching is one of the most effective ways of learning. Sounds weird, but it's true !
Join a band ;-)
Try to find one where all the musicians are better than you - but not so much better that they wouldn't consider you (obviously).
Playing with better musicians will improve your own playing, & also provide the needed 'reason to play'.
Without being too mercenary about it, consider at all times whether you think this band is going to be the next big thing, or whether you will leave as soon as you are better than they are.
Then join another band, where all the players are better than you.
Rinse & repeat until happy.