NPR Music announces the 2022 Tiny Desk Contest


By Bob Boilen, NPR Music

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 eighth year. 

We’re thrilled to announce our panel of judges – the folks who will be selecting the 2022 Contest winner. I’ll be joined by an incredible group of Tiny Desk alums: iLeMichelle Zauner of Japanese BreakfastBig K.R.I.T. and Raveena, who each know what it takes to perform behind my Tiny Desk. Bobby Carter — Tiny Desk producer and two-time Contest judge extraordinaire — will also be joining me. Bobby spoke to NPR’s All Things Considered about this year’s Contest; you can hear that in the audio player above. And I’m delighted that Nate Chinen, jazz expert and editorial director at NPR Member station WBGO in New Jersey, will be joining us, too. Our judges all have great ears for discovering new talents and sounds – and we can’t wait to watch this year’s entries.

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 Feb. 8 and March 14.
  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.

Before you enter, we suggest running through this quick eligibility quiz to be sure your entry is following all the rules. Or, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can read through the official rules. The Contest will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, March 14.

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