About Tiny Desk concerts & the Tiny Desk Contest

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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. 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, the Tiny Desk Contest community welcomes you.