Tiny Desk Contest

Aspiring musicians can sign up to use KAWC/KOFA tiny desk for NPR contest

February 7, 2024

Yuma, AZ (February 7, 2024) – The KAWC/KOFA team, in collaboration with the Video Production Department, is offering the use of their “tiny desk” in the new Matador Activity Center studios for aspiring musicians interested in entering a nationwide NPR competition. 

The Tiny Desk Contest is NPR’s annual search to find the next great undiscovered artist for their Tiny Desk concert. Since its inception in 2014, the contest has brought together thousands of artists and groups across music genres and hometowns. The concept is simple: unsigned bands and musicians are invited to film themselves performing an original song at a desk of their choice.

Entries are reviewed by a panel of judges made up of NPR Music staff, music journalists, industry leaders, and past contest winners. In addition to playing an NPR Tiny Desk concert, the winner headlines a U.S. tour featuring other standout musicians from the contest community.

Contest winners have gone on to sign with major labels, open for legendary performers, and even receive Grammy awards. To support artists navigating their newfound fame, and in conjunction with the contest’s 10th anniversary, NPR will pair the winner with an industry mentor who will offer guidance on creating a sustainable musical career.

To utilize the KAWC/KOFA tiny desk and studio at the Arizona Western College Yuma Campus, 2020 S. Ave 8E, musicians can sign up here. More information about this year’s Tiny Desk Contest can be found here. The deadline for artists to submit entries is Feb. 21.

Dave Riek
KAWC/KOFA General Manager
Arizona Western College 

Steven Hennig
KAWC Development Representative
Arizona Western College