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Kansas City bands, we want you to enter the 2023 NPR Tiny Desk Contest!

The 2023 Tiny Desk Contest is open for entries from Feb. 7 through March 13.
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The 2023 Tiny Desk Contest is open for entries from Feb. 7 through March 13.

Undiscovered musicians from Missouri, Kansas and across the country can win a chance to perform a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR's headquarters and be featured on KCUR. The contest is now open for entries from Feb. 7 through March 13.

Calling all unsigned artists from the Kansas City area: KCUR wants to hear your music!

NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest is back for its ninth year, offering thousands of undiscovered musicians and bands the chance to play at NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C. — in the very same spot that hosted Lizzo, Regina Spektor, Usher, Anderson .Paak and many more.

Here's what you need to know:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older and live in the U.S.
  • You cannot have a current record deal.
  • You must film a video of yourself performing one original song — no covers, no sampling.
  • Yes, you do need to perform the song at a desk of some sort.
  • Upload your video to YouTube and then submit your entry to the Tiny Desk website.
  • The contest is open now, and it runs until 11:59 p.m. on March 13, 2023.

Check to see if you are eligible here.

One winner will be chosen by NPR's panel of judges, which this year includes "All Songs Considered" host Bob Boilen, violinist Sudan Archives, singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten, R&B artist Baby Rose, and more.

You'd be joining some great company: Other past winners of the Tiny Desk Contest include Alisa Amador, the Grammy Award-nominated Tank and the Bangas, and three–time Grammy winner Fantastic Negrito.

In addition to performing at the iconic Tiny Desk, the winner will also be featured on All Things Considered and headline NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest On The Road tour. Pretty sweet!

It's the opportunity of a lifetime, and we want to see a flood of artists from Missouri and Kansas.

We'll be looking out for great local performances, and some of our favorites will be featured on KCUR 89.3 and KCUR.org.

So what are you waiting for? Enter the 2023 Tiny Desk Contest right now.

As KCUR’s Audience Editor, I ask the questions: What do people need from us, and how can we best deliver it? I work across departments and projects to ensure our entire community is represented in and best served by our journalism. I help lead KCUR’s digital efforts to make our station more responsive, more competitive and more engaging. Contact me at gabe@kcur.org.
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