Ultimate Gear Giveaway FAQs

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Who is eligible to enter?

Anyone who currently lives in the US.

What are the giveaway prizes?

We’re offering three prizes: our first place winner will receive $2,000; second place winner will receive $1,000; and a third place winner will receive $500. Prizes will be awarded as gift cards to Guitar Center.

How do I enter?

Entering is easy! Simply write an essay of no more than 250 words, answering the following topic:

How has music changed your life? Please describe a specific example and share what music means to you.

Submit your entry here, and you’ll automatically get a link to the published page for your entry. Share this link on your social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter, or email it directly to your family and friends – you’ll need their votes to move on to the next round!

Entries may be submitted from 12:01 a.m. PST on Monday December 8th, 2014, through 11:59 p.m. PST on Thursday, April 30th, 2015.

When is the submission deadline?

The deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. PST on Thursday, April 30th, 2015. We encourage you to submit your entry early, though, to give yourself ample time to receive votes!

How are the winners picked?

There are two phases of the competition. From December 8th 2014 through April 30th 2015, all submissions will be published and available for the public to vote on their favorite essay. Votes will be accepted up until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 30th, 2015.

Once the first phase ends, the 10 entries with the most votes will move on to the finalist round. These finalist essays will be reviewed by an internal committee, made up of TakeLessons staff members, who will select the three winners.

What is considered a "vote" on an essay?

A vote is calculated when an individual clicks on the heart shaped vote icon at the top or bottom of a participant’s essay. Each person may only vote for an essay once. TakeLessons may disqualify any entry at our sole discretion and without notice if we detect any fraudulent voting activity.

Please find an example below:


What are some tips for a great submission?

Click here for our tips!

Do I need to be a TakeLessons student to enter?

Nope! As long as you’re a US resident you may enter an essay and participate in the competition.

How will I be notified if I win?

We’ll announce the winners on our contest home page on or before Thursday, May 21st, 2015.

Winners will be also be notified by email or telephone on or before Sunday, June 14th, 2015.

I live outside the United States. Can I still enter?

Unfortunately, no. All entrants must be residents within the United States.

For more information, please review the Official Rules.