Tiny Desk Contest Launches for 2016

by Shannon Bowman

NPR Music has hosted hundreds of musicians at their Tiny Desk. Now, NPR and WHRO are looking again for the next great talent to play online and live. Could that be you?



Make your Video

When you enter the 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, you join a nationwide community of music-makers and creators. And if you are from Hampton Roads, you can have a chance to become the Favorite Local Tiny Desk Contestant. Get started on your video now!

Here's what you do:

  • Create a new video that shows you playing one song you've written.
  • Do it the way you'd perform a Tiny Desk Concert: at a desk. (Any desk!)
  • Upload your video to YouTube and use the Hashtags #TinyDeskContest #SceneTinyDesk.
  • Fill out our entry form after it opens on Jan. 12 and before Feb. 2, 2016.

The national winner will:

  • Play a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR in Washington, D.C.
  • Appear at a taping of NPR’s Ask Me Another.
  • Tour the United States with NPR and Lagunitas.

The local winner will:

  • Play and star in a Tiny Desk Concert at the WHRO studios
  • Perform at The Out of the Box / Scene Music Festival at WHRO in April, 2016.

Keep these things in mind:

  • We're looking for undiscovered talent; you can't have a current recording contract.
  • You must be at least 21 years old and live in the U.S. to enter.
  • Check our Official Rules for all the requirements. Take this quiz to see if you're eligible.