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Tips from the pros for the 2023 NPR Tiny Desk Contest

NPR's 2023 Tiny Desk Contest is looking for the next great undiscovered musician. KSMU's Jess Balisle spoke with NPR's Bob Boilen of All Songs Considered and Bobby Carter, one of the Tiny Desk Concert producers, to get their advice for musicians looking to enter the contest.

Submissions for the Tiny Desk Contest will be accepted through March 13, 2023. Visit to learn more and enter.

Jessica Gray Balisle, a Springfield native, grew up listening to KSMU. When she's not wrangling operations and compliance issues, she co-hosts live music show Studio Live and produces arts and culture stories. Jessica plays bass in local band the Hook Knives. She and her husband Todd live with their two cats, Ellie and Jean-Ralphio, and way too many house plants.