From Your Desk To Ours
Since 2008, NPR Music’s Tiny Desk concert series has welcomed beloved musicians from across genres to play behind Bob Boilen’s desk: everyone from Adele to Chance The Rapper, from T-Pain to Yo-Yo Ma. The Tiny Desk is a unique space that presents your favorite artists like you’ve never heard them before.
As much as the Tiny Desk is about celebrity, it’s also about discovery. So we launched the Tiny Desk Contest, our nationwide search to find the next great undiscovered musician to come play a Tiny Desk concert and go on tour with NPR Music.
Got a song you want the world to hear? Ever wanted to play a Tiny Desk concert? Now’s your chance.
How To Enter
Are you eligible? We've got a quick and easy way to help you find out!
Make Your Video
When you enter the 2019 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.
The winner will:
- Play a Tiny Desk concert at NPR in Washington, D.C.
- Tour the United States with NPR and Blue Microphones.
Keep these things in mind:
Naia Izumi's entry video for "Soft Spoken," recorded in his home studio in Los Angeles, showcases his virtuoistic talent and the gentle spirit he brings to his music
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 won over our judges with its undeniable, joyful energy. Since winning the Contest, Tank and the Bangas has played to sold-out crowds across the United States and Europe, including performing at Coachella and headling NPR Music's 10th birthday party.
Out of thousands of entries, one rose to the top.
Watch Gaelynn Lea's Tiny Desk performance now!
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 has won two Grammy awards.
Meet The Judges
Bob hosts NPR Music's All Songs Considered and is a creator of the Tiny Desk concert series.
Lucy Dacus is a rising indie-rock star known for her warm voice and powerfully emotive lyrics.
Jason Isbell is a cutting-edge Americana musician and former member of the Drive-By Truckers beloved for his narrative songcraft.