NPR MUSIC CELEBRATES ITS 1000th TINY DESK CONCERT NPR MUSIC CELEBRATES ITS 1000th TINY DESK CONCERT PUBLISHED VIA ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO

NPR MUSIC CELEBRATES ITS 1000th TINY DESK CONCERT

September 12, 2022 Washington D.C. - NPR Music is celebrating its 1,000th Tiny Desk concert with a performance from singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo. The intimate video concert series started in 2008 as an opportunity for producer Bob Boilen to feature acoustic versions of his favorite artists and performers. The concerts have achieved global fame with artists from all over the world wanting to play at the workplace whose shelves are filled with years of awards and music collectibles.

Watch the 1,000th concert: HERE

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Through the years, Tiny Desk has provided a unique stage for artists across the genre spectrum and at every phase of their careers, including performances by Megan Thee Stallion, Taylor Swift, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Freddie Gibbs, Toro y Moi, Weezer, the characters of Sesame Street and more. The NPR Music youtube page has 7 million subscribers and more than 16 million monthly viewers, and continues to attract new audiences and viewers who are passionate about music and artist discovery.

"When I started the Tiny Desk series in April of 2008, I never imagined its impact. It's a thrill to see how NPR Music and the Tiny Desk have become such a huge platform and that so many artists' voices have been raised and shared with all kinds of music fans worldwide," said Boilen.

From 2020 to 2022, in response to ongoing social-distancing measures, NPR Music transitioned to Tiny Desk (home) concerts. The remote sets featured artists from around the world, with the Tiny Desk same spirit — stripped-down sets in an intimate setting — while providing a unique look into the creative spaces of artists including Lenny Kravitz, Roddy Ricch, Dirty Projectors, BEAM, Little Dragon, Soccer Mommy, Lianne La Havas, Baby Rose and more. The 1,000th concert was recorded at NPR's headquarters and marks three months of NPR successfully returning to in-house Tiny Desks.

The impact of the Tiny Desk has been felt internally as well, with spin-off series like the Tiny Desk Contest, which is NPR's annual search for the next undiscovered artist, and its national tour. The eight Contest winners have already established an impressive legacy, having received many accolades including Grammys. The Tiny Desk also established an innovative partnership with GlobalFest that allows artists to perform in a thrilling online music festival from their respective places around the world.

About NPR Music:

For more than a decade, NPR Music's robust music journalism has engaged millions of music fans from all genres with feature stories, live performances, cultural analysis and interviews. Projects include the Tiny Desk concert series, Turning the Tables, the podcasts All Songs Considered, Alt Latino, and Louder Than a Riot; and Jazz Night in America. NPR Music collaborates with NPR's news magazines, public radio Member stations and the passionate listener community to celebrate exceptional music and discover emerging artists. Visit NPRMusic.org and connect with NPR Music on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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