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How does the contest work?

What are the prizes?

The winner in each category will receive a  $250 pre-paid Visa Gift Card!

What are the categories?

Best Original Song
Best Cover Song
Best Holiday Song

Who can participate?

To be eligible to win, you must be enrolled with a TakeLessons Instructor during the contest period (December 1st-15th)

When can I upload a video?

Contest entries will be accepted on the official contest page from 12/1 - 12/15. Voting begins 12/1 and will end at 11:59pm PST on 12/15. An email will be sent to all students when the official contest page is live.

Which video formats are accepted?
MOV, MPEG, MPG, MP4, M4V, VOB, FLV, AVI, ASF, DIVX, WMV (For best results, 16 x 9 aspect ratio at 720p).

How big can the file be?
Suggested maximum file size: 500MB.
 
If the video is longer or shorter than 60 seconds, will I be disqualified?
If your video is more than 10 seconds short or long of the limit, you may be asked to edit or re-record and resubmit.
 
Can I submit old videos from a past performance?
Yes! As long as you are an eligible student and your video meets all other requirements.
 
Where can I find a great example of a video?
Coming soon!
 
Do I need to say anything before the video?
You don't have to say anything, but we do recommend that you introduce yourself, tell us your teacher's name and how long you've been playing.
 
How do I share my video?
After uploading it on the contest page you'll be prompted to share it via email, Facebook or Twitter.
 
When and where can people vote?
Voting will be open from 12/1 - 12/15. Whenever you share your video through our contest page, a link will be included that directs the viewer back to our contest page where they can vote for your entry! 
 
Can people vote more than once?
No, viewers will be allowed to vote only once.
 
When do winners receive their prizes?
Winners will be finalized on 12/16 after voting has ended. Prizes will be mailed out the next day.
 
What if I'm a beginner? Do I have any chance of winning? 
Even beginners have a lot to share! We encourage you to submit a video even if you're just getting started.
 
As a special treat for our younger performers, we'll also award six smaller prizes to select beginners based on effort and creativity.

What else do I need to know?

Your performance can be vocal, instrumental, or both, and you're always welcome to use accompaniment.
Bands or groups are eligible as long as half or more of the members are active TakeLessons students.

Tips on how to prepare

Create a 60-second video of yourself performing (choose a category listed below)
Upload it to our contest page between December 1st-15th
Share your video with friends and family so they can vote!
The video with the most votes in each category wins!

TIps on How to Prepare Video