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.

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

2017:
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).

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

All Songs Considered

You Can Now Enter The 2018 Tiny Desk Contest

February 20, 2018 • Send in a video of you (or your band) performing an original song at a desk and you could win a chance to play a Tiny Desk concert at NPR.
NPR
All Songs Considered

Announcing The 2018 Tiny Desk Contest

February 13, 2018 • Send us a video of you or your band playing an original song behind a desk (any desk). You could win a chance to play your own Tiny Desk concert and tour the U.S. with NPR Music.
NPR
All Songs Considered

10 More Tiny Desk Contest Entries We Loved

March 21, 2017 • There is only one Tiny Desk Contest winner, but there were so many incredible musicians who entered this year. Here are 10 we loved.
NPR
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