Guitar Center – Back To School Sweepstakes
Guitar Center® Back to School Sweepstakes
NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.SWEEPSTAKES OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES OR DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WHO ARE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER ON THE DATE OF ENTRY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
ELIGIBILITY: The Guitar Center Back to School Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes” or “Promotion:) is open to all legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or District of Columbia who are at least 18 years of age or older at the time of entry (the “Entrant”). Sweepstakes is void in Puerto Rico, U.S. territories and possessions and where restricted or prohibited by law. Employees of Guitar Center Stores, Inc. (the “Sponsor”), its affiliates, subsidiaries, authorized dealers, licensees, suppliers, The Avedis Zildjian Company, Inc. (the “Prize Provider”), marketing partners, advertising and promotion agencies, Marden-Kane, Inc. (the “Administrator”), and the immediate families (spouse, parents, children, siblings and their respective spouses) and individuals living in the same household, whether related not, of the above, are not eligible to enter or win a prize. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.
PROMOTION PERIOD: The Sweepstakes begins on July 15, 2021 at 12:00:00 AM Pacific Time (“PT”) and ends on August 4, 2021 at 11:59:59 PM PT (the “Promotion Period” or “Sweepstakes Period”). The Sponsor runs the official clock for the Sweepstakes and will solely determine the time by which an entry is received.
HOW TO ENTER: Entrants can enter the Sweepstakes at https://www.guitarcenter.com/gear-giveaway.gc by following the on-screen instructions (including providing all required information which will include their full name and e-mail address) and accepting the Official Rules of the Sweepstakes OR by visiting a participating Guitar Center location and providing a store associate with the required information. Upon completion of the registration/entry process, Entrant will earn one (1) entry (an “Entry”) into the Promotion. Regardless of method of entry, there is a limit of one (1) entry per person throughout the Promotion Period. Any individual who attempts to/or is suspected of submitting more than one (1) entry will be disqualified from participation in the Sweepstakes.
Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, damaged, delayed, destroyed, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, mutilated, technically corrupted or garbled Entries, which will be disqualified, or for problems of any kind whether mechanical, human or electronic. No automated entry devices and/or programs permitted. Incomplete or illegible Entries are not eligible. All Entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned. Proof of submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor.
PRIZES: Twenty-Five (25) Prizes will be awarded in the Sweepstakes: A $200 Guitar Center e-Code and one-year of free lessons. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of $1,630 each. Total ARV of all prizes offered in the Sweepstakes is $40,750. All prizes will be awarded provided a sufficient number of qualified eligible Entries are received.
PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: No substitutions, cash equivalents, or transfer of prize permitted except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor, who reserves the right where lawful to substitute a prize with one of comparable or greater value. Prize may not be sold, bartered, or exchanged by winner. Prize consists of only those items specifically listed as part of the prize. Sponsor is not responsible for damage or loss of a prize after it has been delivered to a confirmed winner. Sponsor makes no warranties, and hereby disclaims any and all warranties, expressed or implied, concerning any prize furnished by third parties in connection with the Sweepstakes. At Sponsor’s sole discretion, prizes may vary from what has been advertised, pictured, etc. All details of prizes not specified herein shall be determined solely by Sponsor. All federal, state, and other tax liabilities arising from a prize are the sole responsibility of the prize winner. All prizes will be fulfilled within 2 to 4 weeks of notification and verification. The “year of free lessons” must be activated by 9/30/2021 as further detailed within the notification each potential winner receives.
RANDOM DRAWINGS: Twenty (25) potential prize winners will be selected in a random drawing on or about August 10, 2021 from among all eligible Entries received in the Sweepstakes. The random drawing will be conducted by the Administrator, whose decisions are final and binding. Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received. Potential winner is subject to eligibility verification and compliance with these Official Rules. Limit of one (1) prize per person, household.
WINNER NOTIFICATION AND CLEARANCE: Each potential winner will be notified by the Administrator via email on/about the notification date noted on the Chart above and will be required to complete, sign, and return the following documents (collectively, the “Documents”):  an affidavit of eligibility and liability release and, where legal, a publicity release and  IRS Form W-9 to include his/her social security number that will be used only for the purpose of reporting the winner’s prize earnings to the Internal Revenue Service.
The Affidavit must be returned to the Administrator by the date stated in the notification email or the prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate potential winner. If a potential winner (i) cannot be contacted after a reasonable attempt has been made by Administrator (as determined in Sponsor’s sole discretion); or (ii) fails to timely return the required paperwork without alteration and in the form presented by Administrator; or (iii) refuses the prize; or (iv) the prize or prize notification is rejected or returned as undeliverable, then such potential winner will be disqualified and forfeits all rights to be deemed a winner in the Sweepstakes and receive the prize, and an alternate winner will be selected through a random drawing by the Administrator from the remaining eligible Entries. Upon prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given, and Sponsor will have no further obligation to that participant. Except where prohibited by law, the winner’s entry and acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for the Sponsor to use said winner’s name, address (city and state), photograph, likeness, statements, voice, statements, and biographical information without further compensation for advertising and promotional purposes without notice. All Prizes will be fulfilled by the Administrator approximately 6 to 8 weeks following eligibility verification.
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY By participating, Entrants agree to comply with these Official Rules including all eligibility requirements. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify Entrants who violate these Official Rules or interferes with this Sweepstakes in any manner. Any attempt by any Entrant to obtain more than one (1) entry per Entry Period by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other method will void that Entrant’s Entries and that Entrant may be disqualified. Use of any automated entry software is prohibited. Electronically reproduced, illegible, incomplete or inaccurate Entries are void. In case of a dispute as to the owner of an online entry, online entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the account from which the entry is made. Sponsor, Administrator, Prize Provider, and their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, divisions, advertising and Sweepstakes agencies, and all of their officers, directors, shareholders, employees, and agents (collectively “Released Parties”) are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human or printing error, technical malfunctions, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failures of any telephone network, computer equipment, software, inability to access any online service or website, inability to submit the online registration form, or any other error or malfunction, or any injury or damage to Entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in this Sweepstakes, or for late, lost, stolen, illegible, misdirected or damaged mailed Entries. Entry materials that have been tampered with or altered are void. If, in the Administrators’ opinion there is any suspected or actual evidence of electronic or non-electronic tampering with any portion of this Sweepstakes, or if technical difficulties compromise the integrity of the Sweepstakes, the Administrator reserves the right to void any Entries at issue and/or to suspend, modify, cancel or terminate this Sweepstakes, in whole or in part, at any time without notice and award the prizes in a random drawing from among all non-suspect eligible Entries received as of the termination date.
Caution, any attempt by an Entrant or any other individual to deliberately damage any online service or website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes may be a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and/or other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that or any other provision.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY; DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES: TO THE MAXIMIM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL THE RELEASED PARTIES BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SITE AND/OR PARTICIPATING IN THE SWEEPSTAKES, DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM ANY WEBSITES ASSOCIATED WITH THE SWEEPSTAKES. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING AND TO THE MAXIMIM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THIS SWEEPSTAKES AND ALL PRIZES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. CHECK YOUR LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS.
By entering the Sweepstakes, Entrants acknowledge that they are familiar with the provisions of California Civil Code Section 1542, which provides as follows:
A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.
DISPUTES; GOVERNING LAW; FORUM: Each entrant agrees that (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and any judicial proceeding shall take place in a federal or state court in Los Angeles County, California; (2) any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes, but in no event attorneys’ fees and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, and consequential damages, and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and the Sponsor in connection with this Sweepstakes shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of California or any other jurisdiction), that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than those of the State of California.
SEVERABILITY: If any provision(s) of these Official Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.
WINNER’S LIST: To receive the names of the prize winner’s send an email with the subject line: “Guitar Center Back to School Sweepstakes” to firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests must be received by August 30, 2021.
SPONSOR: This Sweepstakes is sponsored by Guitar Center Stores, Inc., 5795 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village, California 91362.
ADMINISTRATOR: This Sweepstakes is being administered by Marden-Kane, Inc., 575 Underhill Blvd., Suite 222, Syosset, New York 11791 an independent judging organization, who is responsible for notifying potential winners and overseeing the awarding of the Prizes, and whose decisions regarding the conduct of this Sweepstakes are final and binding.
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