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NPR Announces Return of Tiny Desk Contest

Submissions will be accepted through April 14

NPR has announced the return of its Tiny Desk Contest, which will be accepting submissions through Sunday, April 14.

The contest is open to artists 18 years and older who live in the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In order to qualify, musicians must perform and record one original song at a desk, upload the video to YouTube, and submit the upload to NPR. The contest is open to all genres.

The winner will perform at the Tiny Desk space at NPR’s Washington, D.C. headquarters and go on tour with NPR Music, making stops in New York, Seattle, Austin, and Los Angeles.

This year’s judges include Lucy Dacus, Ledisi, and Jason Isbell, all of whom have performed their own Tiny Desk concerts, as well as, KCRW host Raul Campos, KEXP DJ Abbie Gobeli, NPR Music’s hip-hop critic Rodney Carmichael, and Bob Boilen, host and creator of “All Songs Considered.”

Over the past four years, the contest has received more than 22,000 entries from acts all over the country, and winners have gone on to have successful careers, winning Grammys and performing at Coachella.


“Each year the contest inspires musicians to get together with their friends and make something—it’s wonderful to receive all these unique creations and witness how the community has grown,” Boilen, who created the Tiny Desk concert series, says in a press release.

Complete rules for entry can be found here.

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