NPR Tiny Desk Contest 2024

Tiny Desk contest

NPR Music is now entering the 10th year of the Tiny Desk Contest, which has helped launch many careers in music: The first-ever winner (Fantastic Negrito) has gone on to win three Grammys and counting — 2017’s winner, Tank and the Bangas, even got nominated for best new artist a few years back — while others have gone viral, signed major-label deals and toured the world. Just as importantly, the Tiny Desk Contest has created a community of musicians who enter by the thousands each year.

These are the rules:

  • 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., U.S.V.I. or Puerto Rico to enter.
  • The panel of judges — including members of NPR Music, DJs from NPR Member stations, industry experts and Tiny Desk alums — will choose the winner.
  • Take this quiz to see if you're eligible.

The winner gets to...

  • Play a Tiny Desk concert at NPR in Washington, D.C.
  • Be featured on NPR’s All Things Considered
  • Headline NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest On The Road tour

And all you have to do is:

  • 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 Feb. 21, 2024.

Have a talented friend or up-and-coming musician whom you’ve been rooting for? This year, you can nominate someone to enter!

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