Intimate video performances, recorded live at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen. For more than a decade, NPR Music’s robust music journalism and award-winning original video programming has delighted millions of music fans from all genres. NPR Music collaborates with NPR’s newsmagazines, public radio Member stations and the passionate listener community to celebrate exceptional music and discover emerging artists.
NPR Music is proud to introduce Tiny Desk Contest master classes which will kick off in late summer. These workshop-style sessions will focus on a variety of subjects and skills that will help artists and fans better understand how to succeed in the music industry. Topics may include songwriting and recording to band management and will be led by music experts.
This year, NPR Music has again chosen legendary Tiny Desk alumni to judge the contest. Melodic pop duo Sylvan Esso and genre-smashing singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno will be reviewing submissions to find artists they love. They’ll be joined by Tarriona “Tank” Ball of 2017 Tiny Desk Contest winner Tank and the Bangas.
Since its launch in 2008, nearly 700 performances have been recorded at the Tiny Desk—Boilen’s festive workspace at NPR Headquarters, adorned with years of music mementos and memorabilia. The series has provided a stage for artists from across the genre spectrum and at every phase of their careers — pop balladeer Adele, R&B sensation T-Pain, hip-hop star Chance the Rapper, country singer Maren Morris, astounding pianist and composer Daniil Trifonov, veteran jazz percussionist Nate Smith and even actor (and talented banjo player) Steve Martin.
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