It’s the 2018 NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest!

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NPR Music is once again asking unknown bands and musicians across the country to film themselves performing one song at a desk of their choice. The Contest will be sponsored for the fourth year by Lagunitas Brewing Company, and the winner will play NPR’s famous Tiny Desk in Washington, D.C., before embarking on a U.S. tour that includes appearances at a taping of NPR’s Ask Me Another and at events hosted by NPR Music and Lagunitas, in partnership with Member stations, throughout the country.

This fall, we’ll also be hosting a series of master classes connected to the Tiny Desk Contest, aimed at helping fans and entrants learn skills to help them succeed in the music industry. We are also pleased to announce that our judging panel this year will include tastemakers from Member stations — Talia Schlanger from WXPN, Russ Borris from WFUV and Toki Wright from The Current — alongside NPR Music’s Bob Boilen, plus favorite Tiny Desk alumni: Sylvan Esso, Gaby Moreno and Tarriona “Tank” Ball of Tank and the Bangas.

We will be accepting entries from Tuesday, February 20, 2018 to Sunday, March 25, 2018. A winner will be announced on or about Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

Be sure to sign up for notices about the contest here!