The Tiny Desk Contest is Back for 2024! Here’s How to Enter


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. The Tiny Desk team will begin accepting entries on Tuesday, January 23, 2024.

When you enter the 2024 Tiny Desk Contest, you join a nationwide community of music-makers and creators. Get started on your video now!

Are you eligible?

Only eligible entries can win the Contest. Does your entry have what it takes? We’ve got a quick and easy way to help you find out!

Take the quiz to find out

Here’s how the Contest works:

  1. To enter, you’ll need to record a video of you performing one original song (and make sure your video includes a desk!) and upload your video to YouTube.
  2. You can submit your entry on the Contest website between 10 a.m. ET on Jan. 23 and before 11:59 p.m. ET on Feb. 21, 2024.
  3. To be eligible to win, you must be an unsigned musician and at least 18 years old.
  4. If you win, you’ll play your very own Tiny Desk concert at NPR’s HQ and headline our Tiny Desk Contest On The Road Tour.

Keep these things in mind:

  • 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.
  • Take this quiz to see if you’re eligible.
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