from your desk to ours

You’ve been writing. You’ve been rehearsing.  You’ve been watching Tiny Desk concerts. You could be the next great talent to play here.

Now is the time: Show us what you’ve got.

Enter Your Video

When you enter the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest, you join a nationwide community of music-makers and creators. You can enter 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 before 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 29, 2017.
The winner will:
  • Play a Tiny Desk concert at NPR in Washington, D.C.
  • Appear at a taping of NPR’s Ask Me Another.
  • Tour the United States with NPR and Lagunitas.
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.

Questions? Contact us

Are you eligible?

We’ve got a quick and easy way to help you find out!

Meet The Past Winners

2016: 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.

2015: 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

In a dark room lit by a single lamp, Ike & The Crooked Souls have delivered a soulful ballad that is as heartbreaking as it is uplifting. “If You Leave Me” is a song in the great tradition of breakup songs where the singer knows full well how much worse he or she is going to fare than an erstwhile partner (think “Oh Lonesome Me”). It’s a song that’s ready to be a friend when you’re down. The Crooked Souls’ groove is casual and locked-in, and frontman Devonte Coleman’s voice has all the warmth and crunch of his keyboardist’s Wurlitzer. This Nashville, Tenn. band has Memphis pockets for miles.

Ben

We’re sharing some of the many 2017 Tiny Desk Contest entries that have caught our eyes and ears. You can enter the Contest until 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 29. Check out the Official Rules, film your video and submit it here!

The First Entry To The 2017 Tiny Desk Contest

We opened up our Tiny Desk Contest at midnight on Friday (remember, you can enter until Jan. 29!) and we were treated immediately to the raucous and jangling “Love You Either Way” by Michigan four-piece Mac Saturn. Judging from the Christmas tree, this swaggering quartet got their entry recorded back in December. By midway through the song, the group has this pleasant living room feeling more like a dive bar during SXSW.

We’ll be sharing videos that catch our ears and eyes on this Tumblr and in our newsletter throughout the entry period, so keep checking in for great, undiscovered talent. Good luck getting those entries in by Jan. 29! Remember: All you need is a desk, a song, a camera of any sort and a dream.

— Ben

You can enter the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest until 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 29. Check out the Official Rules, film your video and submit it here!

You Can Now Enter The 2017 Tiny Desk Contest

The 2017 Tiny Desk Contest is now open! Starting today, I’ll be watching your videos in search of the next great undiscovered artist to play at the Tiny Desk. And I won’t be doing it alone. Our team of judges includes these fantastic musicians:

I’ll also be joined by Rita Houston of WFUV, Stas THEE Boss of KEXP, Talia Schlanger of WXPN’s World Cafe and Robin Hilton, my co-host on All Songs Considered. We’re accepting entries until Jan. 29, and we can’t wait to hear what you’re making.

To enter, you’ll need to:

  • Film a video of you (or your band) performing an original song at a desk (any desk!).
  • Put that video on YouTube.
  • Submit it through our entry form by 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 29.

To make sure you’re eligible, you can take this quiz (or check out our Official Rules for all the details). If you win, you’ll get to play a Tiny Desk concert at NPR’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Plus, you’ll get to come on a nationwide tour with NPR Music and Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Above all, this contest is about two things: music and community. Whether you build an elaborate, creative setup for your entry or shoot something simple on a smartphone (like last year’s winner), we’re listening for your music above all else.

The past two Contests have not only brought into our lives undiscovered musicians we cherish — they’ve also shown us what local music scenes across the country are made of. Already, we’ve been digging through the great behind-the-scenes pictures and videos you’re posting of your entries. (Feel free to email us your behind-the-scenes shots and stories or put them on social media with the #TinyDeskContest hashtag.)

You can follow along as we fall in love with new artists and songs: We’ll be sharing it all right here on the Tumblr and in our weekly newsletter. And even if you don’t plan to send in a video, we hope the Tiny Desk Contest helps you discover new music and makes you proud of the musical community right in your backyard, wherever that is.

From the Tiny Desk,

Bob Boilen

#TBTinyDesk: Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop

Entries to the #TinyDeskContest open tomorrow (Friday the 13th — everybody stay calm), so we thought we’d share a beautiful, recent Tiny Desk concert to inspire you. Take a look, then give your own entry a go — we’ll start watching your entries tomorrow and spotlighting them on this blog and in our newsletter.

—Ben

If you’re interested in entering the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest, check out the Official Rules and film your video! We’re taking submissions from Jan. 13 until 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 29.

T Minus 2 Days Until We Start Taking Entries To The Tiny Desk Contest!

With two days left until we start taking entries again, we thought we’d share some of our favorite desks from last year’s Tiny Desk Contest. Watch, get inspired, film your own entry (a performance of an original song + a desk + a camera of any kind = an entry to the Tiny Desk Contest) and then enter anytime between Jan. 13 and 29!

Good luck! We can’t wait to see what you’ve been making.

–Ben

If you’re interested in entering the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest, check out the Official Rules and film your video! We’re taking submissions from Jan. 13 until 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 29.

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