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.

Click here to read our Official Rules.

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:

  • We're looking for undiscovered talent; you can't have a current recording contract.
  • You must be at least 18 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.
Enter now

Past Winners

2018:
Naia Izumi

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

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 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.

2016:
Gaelynn Lea

Out of thousands of entries, one rose to the top.

Watch Gaelynn Lea's Tiny Desk performance now!

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 has won two Grammy awards.

See The Latest

All Songs Considered

Watch The Tiny Desk Contest Entries We Love This Week

March 21, 2019 • Here are some early Contest entries that have caught our attention. You still have a few more weeks to enter the Tiny Desk Contest for your chance to play at the real Tiny Desk.
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All Songs Considered

Introducing: Tiny Desk Talks

August 7, 2018 • This fall, we're coming to four cities with a series of can't-miss, curated conversations about the music industry.
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Read more on All Songs Considered

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