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Hey Ohio Bands: Enter The 2019 Tiny Desk Contest!


It’s that time of year again: The 2019 Tiny Desk Contest is now open! And WOSU wants to see as many Ohio bands entering as we possibly can.

Every year, NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest accepts thousands of entries from musicians around the country, all vying for the opportunity to play a Tiny Desk concert at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., and tour the United States.

There are a just a few rules:

  1. You must be 18 years or older, and unsigned to a label. (Check to see if you are eligible to enter.)
  2. You must film a video performing an original song.
  3. You must perform that song at a desk – any desk.
  4. Upload your video to YouTube, and submit your entry to the Tiny Desk Contest website.

The contest is open through April 14. One national winner will be chosen by NPR’s panel of judges. Previous winners include https://youtu.be/nk8HEO_60ms">Naia Izumi, https://youtu.be/0zU-Jm87kzY">Tank And The Bangas, https://youtu.be/jb1oCjiIu9M">Gaelynn Lea and https://youtu.be/7kWEhIXVPJA">Fantastic Negrito.

But we’re creating an extra incentive for Central Ohio musicians to enter the contest. Once again, WOSU is picking its favorite Columbus-area band from among all the Tiny Desk submissions.

WOSU’s local favorite, as chosen by our own group of judges, will be invited to perform their submitted song as part of our televised local music series Broad & High Presents, interviewed during 89.7 NPR News’ All Things Considered program, profiled on the WOSU website, and more!

Last year, WOSU audiences picked singer-songwriter Lisa Gain as their favorite. We’re excited to see what great bands and musicians step forward this year. So what are you waiting for?

Enter The Tiny Desk Contest

Oh and when you finish filming, tag @WOSU and @BroadAndHigh on Twitter with your videos! Use the hashtag #TinyDeskContest. We can’t wait to watch.