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2024 Tiny Desk Contest

2024 marks the tenth anniversary of NPR's Tiny Desk Contest!

The Tiny Desk Contest, NPR Music’s annual nationwide search for the next great undiscovered artist to play a Tiny Desk concert, is back for its tenth year!

Here’s how the Contest works:

  • To enter, you’ll need to record a video of you performing one original song (behind a desk) and upload your video to YouTube.
  • You can submit your entry on the Contest website by Feb. 21 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • To be eligible to win, you must be an unsigned musician and at least 18 years old.
  • If you win, you’ll play your very own Tiny Desk concert at NPR’s HQ and headline the Tiny Desk Contest On The Road Tour.

Here's what you need to consider:

  • NPR Music is 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., 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.
  • You can take this quiz to see if you’re eligible.

The full rules are available here: npr.org/tinydeskcontest

About The NPR Tiny Desk Contest:

The Tiny Desk Contest is NPR's annual search to find the next great undiscovered artist for the Tiny Desk concert. Since its inception in 2014, the Contest has brought together thousands of artists and groups across music genres and hometowns. The concept is simple: unsigned bands and musicians are invited to film themselves performing an original song at a desk of their choice. We assemble a panel of judges made up of NPR Music staff, music journalists, industry leaders, and Tiny Desk alums to choose one grand prize winner. In addition to playing an NPR Tiny Desk concert, the winner headlines a U.S. tour featuring other standout musicians from the Contest community.

Contest winners have gone on to sign with major labels, open for legendary performers, and even receive Grammy awards. To support artists navigating their newfound fame, and in conjunction with the Contest's 10th anniversary, NPR will pair the winner with an industry mentor who will offer guidance on creating a sustainable musical career.