tiny desk contest

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How To Enter

Know The Rules

Only eligible entries can win the Contest. Does your entry have what it takes?

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

Make your video

When you enter the 2020 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 at 10 a.m. ET on Feb. 11 and before 11:59 p.m. ET on March 30, 2020.
The winner will:
  • Play a Tiny Desk concert at NPR in Washington, D.C.
  • Tour the United States with NPR, supported by State Farm
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.
  • Our panel of judges — including members of NPR Music, DJs from NPR Member stations and Tiny Desk alums — will choose our winner.
  • Check our Official Rules for all the requirements. Take this quiz to see if you're eligible.

Questions? Contact us

Enter now

2019:
Quinn Christopherson

Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Quinn Christopherson is an Athabaskan and Inupiaq songwriter who combines thoughtful songwriting with a powerful sense of perspective. His music is warm and vulnerable; in it, he reflects on his childhood, honors the relationships in his life and addresses his role as a transgender individual navigating Alaska's social landscape.

2018:
Naia Izumi

Naia Izumi's entry video for "Soft Spoken," recorded in his home studio in Los Angeles, showcases his virtuoistic talent as a guitarist and the gentle spirit he brings to his music. 

Since winning the Contest, Naia has signed to a major label and performed a TED Salon. He has also toured across the United States and around the world.

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 headlining NPR Music's 10th birthday party.

2016:
Gaelynn Lea

Gaelynn Lea has been playing violin for more than 20 years. She builds on a repertoire of traditional Celtic and American fiddle music, writing original songs that incorporate folk-rock influences, looping tracks and an inventive style. 

Since winning the Contest, Gaelynn has toured the world and played at renowned venues including The Kennedy Center and House of Blues Chicago. She is also an advocate for people with disabilities.

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.

Meet the judges

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Bob Boilen

Bob hosts NPR Music's All Songs Considered and is a creator of the Tiny Desk series.

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Bobby Carter

Bobby is the Associate Producer for Tiny Desk concerts at NPR Music.

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Raina Douris

Raina Douris is an award-winning radio personality from Toronto, Ontario and a host of WXPN’s World Cafe.

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Tarik Moody

Tarik is the evening music host and digital manager for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. He also hosts a weekly show called The Rhythm Lab.

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Quinn Christopherson

Quinn Christopherson is an Athabaskan and Inupiaq songwriter. He won the 2019 Tiny Desk Contest thanks to his earnest, stirringly personal music.

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Brittany Howard

A magnetic singer and songwriter, Brittany makes powerful music that tells stories with vision and empathy.

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Gina Chavez

Gina is a Latin pop singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas whose music showcases openness and warmth.

Read the Latest On The Contest Blog

All Songs Considered

Watch The First Entry To The 2020 Tiny Desk Contest

February 12, 2020 • The Tiny Desk Contest is accepting entries through March 30. Anaís Azul submitted the first 2020 Contest entry: a bilingual ballad that celebrates showing up for all parts of oneself.
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All Songs Considered

You Can Now Enter The 2020 Tiny Desk Contest

February 11, 2020 • Send in your video before midnight ET on March 30. If you win, you'll play your very own Tiny Desk concert at NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C., and tour the country with NPR Music.
NPR
All Songs Considered

The Tiny Desk Contest Is Back For 2020

February 4, 2020 • You can enter starting next week by sending us a video of you playing an original song at a desk. If you win, you'll come play a Tiny Desk concert and tour the country with NPR Music.
NPR
Read more on All Songs Considered