Enter the 2022 Tiny Desk Contest

NPR is once again calling for unsigned musicians to submit their entries starting on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. ET and closing on Monday, March 14 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

 

Do you have what it takes to perform at the Tiny Desk? NPR Music wants to hear from you! The Tiny Desk Contest is back for its eighth year.

Since the debut of the Tiny Desk Contest in 2015, thousands of musicians have created their own videos in hopes of being chosen to perform as part of NPR Music’s signature music discovery series. NPR is once again calling for unsigned musicians to submit their entries at NPR.org/tinydeskconteststarting on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. ET and closing on Monday, March 14 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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 after it opens at 10 a.m. ET on Feb. 8 and before 11:59 p.m. ET on March 14, 2022.

This year’s panel of judges includes four Tiny Desk alums: Puerto Rican singer-songwriter iLe, rapper Big K.R.I.T, musician Michelle Zauner of the band Japanese Breakfast and singer-songwriter Raveena. They will be joined by Nate Chinen from NPR Member station WBGO, plus Tiny Desk series creator Bob Boilen and Tiny Desk producer Bobby Carter.

In addition to playing their very own Tiny Desk concert, the 2022 Contest winner will appear on NPR’s All Things Considered and headline the five-stop Tiny Desk Contest On The Road tour. And before this year’s winner is announced, NPR Music will host more episodes of Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf, a live streamed video series where contest judges share some of their favorite entries on NPR Music’s YouTube channel.

Need some inspiration? Check out some local winners.

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  • Dorothy Hernandez

    Dorothy Hernandez is Digital Editor for 101.9 WDET, creating digital editorial content. Her love of radio began when she had a radio show in college when she and her roommate played '80s music in the middle of the night.