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The 2023 NPR Tiny Desk Contest


This might be the break you’ve been waiting for. It’s the 2023 NPR Tiny Desk Contest, sponsored by Capital One and Guayaki Yerba Mate.

Now here’s how this works. If you’re an unsigned musician or band, you can submit a video performance with an original song at a desk of your choice.

Send in your music between Tuesday, February 7 at 10:00 AM and Monday, March 13 at 11:59 PM and you’ve got a chance to win. In May, the winner will be announced on Morning Edition, interviewed on All Things Considered, and welcomed to play a Tiny Desk concert. They’ll also headline a multi-stop national Tiny Desk Contest On The Road tour in June and July.

Since its inception in 2014, the Tiny Desk Contest has amassed nearly 35,000 entries from thousands of musicians across the country. Contest winners have gone on to tour the world, sign with major labels, open for legendary performers and even receive Grammy awards. It’s kind of a big deal.

And throughout the Contest open dates, we’ll be hosting new episodes of Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf, the Contest’s popular live stream series on YouTube. 

The 2023 NPR Tiny Desk Contest is open to any legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older. Visit for more details. Best of luck.