NPR Music Holds Tiny Desk Concert Contest
Open Dec. 2, 2014 – Jan. 19, 2015
Enter at npr.org/tinydeskcontest
December 2, 2014; Washington, D.C. – Always on the lookout for great music and new ways to support artists, NPR Music is launching the Tiny Desk Concert Contest. The winning band or artist will perform at NPR Headquarters in Washington, D.C., as part of the Tiny Desk Concerts series. Lagunitas Brewing Company, a supporter of the contest, will also showcase the winner at their "CouchTrippin' to Austin" show next March. The contest is open from December 2, 2014 through January 19, 2015. Find rules for submission and an entry form at npr.org/tinydeskcontest.
"I go to shows, most every night, hoping to find something new and surprising," says Bob Boilen, NPR Music co-host for All Songs Considered. "This Tiny Desk Concert Contest is a way for me to, essentially, time travel around the country, hear hundreds of bands that are completely off my radar, and share the most exciting and surprising ones with our music-loving audience."
To enter the Tiny Desk Concert Contest, musicians must perform one original song at a desk of their choosing, record a video of the performance, upload the file to YouTube and submit it at npr.org/tinydeskcontest. The entries of selected finalists will be reviewed by a panel of judges from across the music industry - All Song Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton; music producer John Congleton; musician and comedian Reggie Watts; musician Valerie June; and Lagunitas "CouchTrippin" featured musician Thao Nguyen (who once described her experience at the Tiny Desk as "intimate and awkward, a lot like my last boyfriend"). The panel will select one contest winner, who will be announced to the public in mid-February, 2015.
All music genres are eligible and encouraged to enter the Tiny Desk Concert Contest. Artists must be at least 21 years old to enter and not currently signed to a recording contract. The winning artist(s) must be available to travel to Washington, D.C., between February 23 and March 6, 2015 to perform at the Tiny Desk, and to travel to Austin, Texas, between March 17 and March 22, 2015 to perform in Lagunitas' "CouchTrippin' to Austin" showcase. See complete rules for entry.
Throughout the seven-week entry period, NPR Music will post a selection of submitted performances at tinydeskcontest.tumblr.com. Follow #TinyDeskContest for contest updates, highlights from the pool of entries and more. A Tiny Desk Concert Contest poster is available for download here.
The Tiny Desk Concert Contest offers one artist or group of artists a direct line to performing at the most famous desk in America. Launched in 2008, the workspace-turned-stage has hosted well-known musicians – Adele, T-Pain, Yo-Yo Ma, John Legend, Wilco – and artists on the rise – Courtney Barnett, Chvrches, San Fermin and The Lone Bellow. More than 300 intimate performances have been recorded for the series, available at NPR.org/music, YouTube and on Roku via the free, HD-quality Tiny Desk Concerts channel.
ABOUT NPR MUSIC
NPR Music collaborates with NPR's newsmagazines, public radio Member Stations and the passionate NPR community to celebrate great music in every genre. Visit NPR.org/music to find the complete Tiny Desk Concerts series, live music, extensive archives of performances, interviews and reviews of artists from all genres.
ABOUT LAGUNITAS BREWING COMPANY & COUCHTRIPPIN'
Lagunitas Brewing Company is hittin' the road again to the big music fest in Austin with fresh bands, tasty beers, freaktacular talent from our Beer Circus, and even the infamous couches from their Loft.
As for the brewery, Lagunitas began on a kitchen stove in Northern California in 1993. From actually getting their beer into bottles and onto the streets (laws permitting) they look to the future... expanding from their Petaluma brewery into a brand new Chicago production facility, bringing their flagship IPA across the globe, and if need be, being capable of making beer on the Moon. 'Cuz wherever you go, beer speaks, people mumble.
NPR Media Relations: Caitlin Sanders
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