NPR Music's 2017 Tiny Desk Contest!

Dec 14, 2016

NPR Music is once again asking unknown bands and musicians all over the country to film themselves performing one song at a desk of their choice. The contest will be sponsored for the third 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 year NPR's judging panel will include WXPN’s Talia Schlanger, WFUV’s Rita Houston and KEXP’s Stas THEE Boss -- alongside NPR Music’s Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, plus favorite Tiny Desk alumni Miguel, Anthony Hamilton, Ben Hopkins of PWR BTTM, Trey Anastasio and BANKS.

Bands and musicians can submit video entries to NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest from Jan. 13-29, 2017 at See complete rules for entry.

Over the past two years of the Tiny Desk Contest, NPR Music has seen thousands of entries from all 50 states, and has furthered its mission as a platform for music discovery. After playing the Tiny Desk, the winners have seen tremendous success playing renowned venues across the world, including Madison Square Garden, the Kennedy Center and the Royal Albert Hall. 2016 winner Gaelynn Lea is currently on her first European tour, and 2015 winner Fantastic Negrito was just nominated for his first Grammy.

About NPR Music
NPR Music collaborates with NPR's newsmagazines, public radio Member Stations and the passionate NPR community to celebrate great music in every genre. Visit to find the complete Tiny Desk Concerts series, live music, extensive archives of performances, interviews and reviews of artists from all genres.

About Lagunitas Brewing Company
Lagunitas Brewing Company began on a kitchen stove in Northern California in 1993. From actually getting beers into bottles and onto the streets, Lagunitas looks to the future… From expanding the Petaluma Brewery to building a second in Chicago and soon a third in Azusa CA to bringing its flagship IPA across the pond Lagunitas could probably make good beer on the Moon. Wherever you go, beer speaks, people mumble.