Tiny Desk Contest

NPR's 2020 Tiny Desk Contest Is Now Taking Entries

Feb 4, 2020

NPR has announced that the annual Tiny Desk Contest is now taking entries. 

In 2014, NPR launched the Tiny Desk Contest: a nationwide search to find the next great undiscovered musician to come play a Tiny Desk concert at NPR. Winners also go on tour with NPR Music, in partnership with NPR Member stations across the country. Previous winners have gone on to sign to major labels, perform across the world and even win Grammy awards.

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Back in May WVPE introduced you to a local artist who had entered NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. Rhymer/Educator did not win, but he did pay it forward into a contest of his own.


Teacher by day and rapper by night, Joe Ruiz, may not have won NPR's Tiny Desk Contest - but it has given him a big break. He and his fellow musicians in Rhymer/Educator will open for Vanilla Ice July 14th at the LaPorte County Fairgrounds.