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NPR's Tiny Desk Contest 2020

Tiny Desk Contest 2020: Enter your song by March 30

Tiny Desk Contest 2020: Enter your song by March 30


Since 2008, NPR Music has welcomed beloved musicians from across genres to perform behind the desk of Bob Boilen, host of All Songs Considered and creator of the Tiny Desk concert series. Since the launch of the series, more than 900 performances have been recorded.

In 2014, they launched the Tiny Desk Contest: a nationwide search to find the next great undiscovered musician to come play a Tiny Desk concert. Winners also go on tour with NPR Music, in partnership with NPR Member stations like WFUV, across the country. Previous winners have gone on to sign to major labels, perform across the world and even win Grammy awards.

No matter what kind of music you make, they want to hear it. Send in a song that’s totally you. 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 the entry form 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:
  • This is 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.
  • A panel of judges will choose the winner: Bob Boilen and Bobby Carter of NPR Music, Raina Douris of World Cafe, Tarik Moody of 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, and artists Brittany Howard, Quinn Christopherson (last year's winner) and Gina Chavez.
  • NPR Music welcomes music from all genres, and entrants from previous years are encouraged to submit again with new material.
  • Check the Official Rules for all the requirements. Take this quiz to see if you're eligible.