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You still have time to enter the 2022 NPR Tiny Desk Contest

Unsigned musicians in the U.S. can enter the NPR Tiny Desk Contest through Monday, March 14, 2022.
Unsigned musicians in the U.S. can enter the NPR Tiny Desk Contest through Monday, March 14, 2022.

The Tiny Desk Contest is back for 2022 and taking submissions from unsigned U.S. artists looking for a wider audience. Kansas City-area musicians, that means you!

The eighth annual Tiny Desk Contest from NPR Music draws submissions from all across the U.S. and myriad genres — with some of the simplest rules around.

The chance to go to NPR in Washington, D.C., and perform at that famous desk draws applications "in the 5,000-plus range," according to Bob Boilen, All Songs Considered host and creator of the Tiny Desk series.

Kansas City has seen its share of entrants in past contests. Boilen recalled 2021's submission from The Royal Chief, featuring rapper Jamel Thompson, as "heartfelt" and "meaningful," and complimented the "great vocals and "lively spirit" of the Lawrence quartet Unfit Wives.

For musicians auditioning for this year's context, Boilen advises: "Use it as an opportunity to see where you can go and take it."

The Tiny Desk Contest is accepting submissionsuntil 11:59 p.m. ET on March 14, 2022.

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