The winners of the contest over the past four years have experienced major success on the heels of their victories. The first year's Tiny Desk Contest winner, Fantastic Negrito, has won two Grammys, while the 2018 winner, Naia Izumi, toured with The Lone Bellow and earned a record deal with Sony Masterworks.
Artists can submit a video of an original song being performed at a desk (a la the Tiny Desk Concerts, which are performed at NPR Music's offices) or in a desk-like setting (be creative!).
Submissions are being accepted now until April 14 at 11:59 p.m.
Here are some rules and a rundown of how to participate from the contest site:
- 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.
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:
Cincinnati's WVXU has promoted the Tiny Desk Contest heavily since its inception five years ago, spotlighting many of the local submissions and hosting concerts featuring the participants. Last year, Cincinnati's Knotts (which went on to win the Cincinnati Entertainment Award for New Artist of the Year) got a special shoutout for their unique submission from NPR Music.