Tiny Desk Contest

The Tiny Desk is a unique space that presents your favorite artists like you’ve never heard them before.

Since 2008, NPR Music welcomed beloved musicians from across genres — everyone from Adele to Chance The Rapper, from T-Pain to Yo-Yo Ma — to perform behind the desk of Bob Boilen, host of All Songs Considered and creator of the Tiny Desk concert series. Since the launch of the series, more than 900 performances have been recorded at Boilen’s festive workspace at NPR headquarters, which is adorned with years of music mementos and memorabilia.

As much as the Tiny Desk is about celebrity, it’s also about discovery. So in 2014, we launched the Tiny Desk Contest: our nationwide search to find the next great undiscovered musician to come play a Tiny Desk concert. Winners also go on tour with NPR Music, in partnership with NPR Member stations across the country. Our previous winners have gone on to sign to major labels, perform across the world and even win Grammy awards.

And while there is only one yearly grand prize winner, every artist who enters the Contest benefits from joining the Tiny Desk Contest community. Entrants are regularly featured on NPR Music’s All Songs Considered blog, at the stops on the Tiny Desk Contest On The Road tour and even sometimes in a Tiny Desk concert down the line.

No matter what kind of music you make, NPR Music wants to hear it. Send us a song that’s totally you.

Deadline: March 30, 2020

For more information and to apply, visit tinydeskcontest.npr.org.

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