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Yearly, we ask unsigned artists to ship us their songs. These artists invite us into their communities and areas — their buildings and basements and backyards — and share the music they have been working so exhausting on. Attending to be among the many first individuals to listen to a terrific new track seems like being let in on the very best secret. And thru the Tiny Desk Contest, we get to share these coveted secrets and techniques with the world. We’re thrilled to announce that the Tiny Desk Contest is again for 2021!

Since we began the Tiny Desk Contest in 2014, we have gotten to find new music (and new desks) from tens of 1000’s of artists from throughout the nation. Our winners have gone on to do exceptional issues — successful Grammy awards, enjoying sold-out excursions all over the world and signing to main labels — and we will not wait to have fun much more nice music this yr.

This yr’s panel of judges is phenomenal: Linda Diaz, our gifted 2020 winner, might be a part of our lineup — plus fellow extraordinary Tiny Desk alums Tobe Nwigwe and Phoebe Bridgers. Becoming a member of me from NPR Music is Tiny Desk producer Bobby Carter, and I am going to even be joined by some associates from NPR Member stations: Jewly Hight, editorial director at WNXP in Nashville, and John Morrison, host of Tradition Cypher Radio at WXPN in Philadelphia.

Listed here are a couple of reminders about how the Contest works:

  • We’ll begin accepting entries subsequent Tuesday, Could 11, at 10 a.m. ET.
  • Entries shut at 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, June 7.
  • You should be an unsigned musician and at the least 18 years outdated to enter.
  • To enter, report a video of your self enjoying one unique track at a desk (any desk will do!) and add it to YouTube.
  • Enter by submitting your entry at
  • The winner will play their very personal Tiny Desk live performance.

And whereas there’ll solely be one winner, we’ll be sharing tons of standout entries on this weblog, in our mashup movies and on social media. When the Contest has closed and our judges have picked their favorites, then we’ll begin Tiny Desk Contest Prime Shelf, a weekly livestreamed sequence the place every choose will share their favourite entries on the NPR Music YouTube channel.

Talking of digital occasions: To kick off this yr’s Contest, we’re bringing all six of our earlier Contest winners collectively for the very first time. Subsequent Tuesday, Could 11, be a part of us for Tiny Desk Contest Household Hour, the place I am going to discuss with our previous winners reside on YouTube. The occasion may even characteristic performances from all of the winners: Improbable Negrito, Gaelynn Lea, Tank and the Bangas, Naia Izumi, Quinn Christopherson and Linda Diaz. We hope you will be a part of us and ask your questions within the YouTube reside chat.

Massive desires have to start out someplace. Why not the Tiny Desk?

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