NPR Tiny Desk Contest

NPR Tiny Desk Contest

Entries accepted through March 30, 2020

Calling all unsigned Rochester artists: NPR Music wants to hear your songs! 

Submit to the Tiny Desk Contest by March 30. If you win, you’ll play a Tiny Desk concert and go on tour with NPR Music. 

The 2020 NPR Tiny Desk Contest is open to any legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, the US Virgin Islands, or the District of Columbia who are 18 and older. This year we’re excited to have State Farm as the exclusive sponsor of the 2020 Contest and tour.

For complete details, click here!

This year’s judges panel includes tastemakers from Member stations — Tarik Moody from Radio Milwaukee and Raina Douris from WXPN — alongside NPR Music's Bob Boilen and Bobby Carter, plus notable Tiny Desk alumni: Quinn Christopherson (winner of the 2019 Tiny Desk Contest), Brittany Howard, and Gina Chavez.

Entries accepted throught March 30, 2020. A winner will be announced on or about April 29, 2020, and will go on a national tour in mid-May through June.

About The NPR Tiny Desk Contest:
For the past five years, The Tiny Desk Contest has brought together thousands of artists and bands from across the country. The rules are simple: unknown, unsigned bands and musicians ages 18 and older are invited to film themselves performing one song at a desk of their choice. The winner will play NPR’s famous Tiny Desk in Washington, D.C. before embarking on a U.S. tour of concerts hosted by NPR Music in partnership with Member stations throughout the country. We’ve received nearly 30,000 entries from so many talented and creative musicians. The Contest winners have gone on to tour the world, sign with major labels, open for legendary performers, and even receive Grammy awards.