from your desk to ours

Are you a person who makes music? Ever wanted to perform behind the Tiny Desk? Here’s your chance: Show us what you’ve got.

(P.S. You can check out more hedgehog bands here, here and here.)

Make your Video

When you enter the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest, you join a nationwide community of music-makers and creators. Get started on your video now!

Here's what you do:
  • Create a new video that shows you playing one song you've written.
  • Do it the way you'd perform a Tiny Desk concert: at a desk. (Any desk!)
  • Upload your video to YouTube.
  • Fill out our entry form after it opens on Feb. 20 and before 11:59 p.m. ET on March 25, 2018.
The winner will:
  • Play a Tiny Desk concert at NPR in Washington, D.C.
  • Tour the United States with NPR and Lagunitas.
  • Appear at a taping of NPR’s Ask Me Another.
Keep these things in mind:
  • We're looking for undiscovered talent; you can't have a current recording contract.
  • You must be at least 21 years old and live in the U.S. to enter.
  • Check our Official Rules for all the requirements. Take this quiz to see if you're eligible.

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Meet The Past Winners

Tank and the Bangas

New Orleans’ Tank and the Bangas conveys its freewheeling spirit through a sound that combines pop, hip-hop, funk, spoken word and musical theater. The band’s entry video — set in an art classroom — won over our judges with its undeniable, joyful energy.

Since winning the Tiny Desk Contest, the band has gone on to tour Europe, Australia and the United States (including performing at this year’s Coachella festival).

Gaelynn Lea

Gaelynn Lea’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest entry was compelling, thoughtful and beautiful. She won over our judges with her innovative songwriting and playing.

Since winning the Tiny Desk Contest, Gaelynn has toured internationally and played at renowned venues like the Kennedy Center.

Fantastic Negrito

Fantastic Negrito’s winning entry in the 2015 Tiny Desk Contest was a raw, soulful performance captured at a makeshift desk in a freight elevator.

Since winning the Tiny Desk Contest, Fantastic Negrito has played at a number of major music festivals and at Madison Square Garden, and was recently nominated for his first Grammy.

See the Latest

All Songs Considered

The Early-Bird Tiny Desk Contest Entries We Love

March 8, 2018 • You can still enter the Tiny Desk Contest for a few more weeks, but here are some entries that have caught the eyes — and ears — of NPR Music already.
Read more on All Songs Considered

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