NPR announces 2023 Tiny Desk Contest

NPR tiny desk contest 2023

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 ninth year. 

The contest is all about discovering new musical talent. Each year’s winner gets to play their own Tiny Desk concert and go on tour with NPR Music.

Related: Watch a Tiny Desk Concert with 2022 contest winner Alisa Amador

Today, NPR released an early-bird announcement of this year’s contest, which officially opens for entries on Feb. 7. Today’s announcement was more of a heads up for past entrants and those in the larger Tiny Desk community.

For those looking to get a jump start on this year’s contest here is what NPR recommends that you can do now:

  • Record a video of you playing an original song behind a desk (including a desk in your video is very important).
  • Upload your video to YouTube (and make sure it’s public).
  • Review this checklist to make sure your video follows all the rules (and is eligible to win!)
  • Tell your friends that the Contest is back, and encourage them to enter too.

Beginning Feb. 7, artists will then be able to officially submit their video at

Related: Watch a Tiny Desk Concert with Buffalo Nichols

NPR also writes that while there’s nothing in the Contest rules that says judges favor early entrants, they often feature the ambitious artist who submits first.

There will also be others ways to get your music featured this year, including: the Contest blog, NPR Music’s social media channels, NPR’s Top Shelf series on YouTube, on the Tiny Desk Contest On The Road tour.

The contest will be open Feb. 7 through March 13, 2023.

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About The NPR Tiny Desk Contest:

Since its inception in 2014, the Tiny Desk Contest has amassed nearly 35,000 entries from thousands of musicians across the country. The rules are simple: Unsigned bands and musicians ages 18 and older must submit a video of themselves performing an original song at a desk of their choice. Contest winners have gone on to tour the world, sign with major labels, open for legendary performers and even receive Grammy awards. More details on the Contest are available on


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