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NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest 2016


NPR Music is bringing back their Tiny Desk contest, asking unknown bands and musicians all over the country to film themselves performing one song at a desk of their choice.

The contest will be sponsored for the second year by Lagunitas Brewing Company, and will secure a spot at the iconic performance space and a U.S. tour with NPR Music.

NPR Music has created a bigger prize package for the 2016 Contest winner, which includes a four-part event tour with stops at NPR's Ask Me Another program and at Lagunitas breweries in Petaluma, CA and Chicago, IL and a final stop in Portland, OR. A panel of musicians from the Tiny Desk roster -- Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and The Arcs, Lucius ladies Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, and soul artist Son Little -- will join Bob Boilen and All Song Considered co-host Robin Hilton in selecting one Contest winner, to be announced in March 2016.

Throughout the three-week submission period and afterwards, NPR Music will also feature select video entries on the Contest Tumblr, which already includes highlights from the 2015 Contest.

The 2016 NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest will be accepting entries from January 12, 2016 through February 2, 2016.


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Originally from Boston, Todd Kennedy began volunteering at WFIT 89.5 FM in 1992 as a late night jazz DJ. In 1998 he was hired as Director of Operations and in 2004 he became Program Director.