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Tiny Desk Contest is Back!

CENTRAL FLORIDA MUSICIANS: IT’S TIME TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES TO THE 2019 TINY DESK CONTEST FROM NPR MUSIC

90.7 WMFE LISTENERS WILL CHOOSE LOCAL FAVORITES; THEN WE’LL INVITE A FEW TO PLAY AT A LIVE TAPING OF INTERSECTION

Over the past four years the Tiny Desk Contest from NPR Music has received more than 22,000 entries from artists and bands across all 50 states. Last year, there were more than 30 entries from the Central Florida area.

Tiny Desk Contest winners have gone on to do great things: the inaugural winner Fantastic Negrito, won two Grammy awards; folk musician Gaelynn Lea has built an enthusiastic fan base in the United States and across Europe. The third year winner, Tank and the Bangas, has brought its unique energy to sold-out crowds around the world. Last year’s winner, Naia Izumi, signed a contract with Sony Masterworks.

Unsigned bands and musicians can submit videos through Sunday, April 14, at 11:59 p.m. ET. This year for the first time, the Contest will be open to artists 18 years and older. Full rules and details at NPR.org/tinydeskcontest.

The Contest’s top prize includes a performance at the iconic Tiny Desk space at NPR’s Washington, D.C. HQ. The winner will also go on tour with NPR Music. The event series, in partnership with NPR Member stations, includes stops in New York (WFUV), Seattle (KEXP), Austin (KUTX), and Los Angeles (KCRW.)

Who will be Central Florida’s top pick?

Why should NPR have all the fun? We want to celebrate the talented Central Floridians who submit to this year’s Tiny Desk Concert, so 90.7 WMFE is running our own friendly competition again to highlight local entries submitted to NPR Music.

As Central Florida acts submit videos to the contest, we’ll share them so listeners can pick their favorites. Then, our Young Friends group and Intersection host Matthew Peddie will review the picks and invite some bands to a live taping of Intersection in May. The show will then be promoted and broadcast on 90.7 WMFE, which reaches 230,000 listeners each week, and be included in the Intersection podcast.

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