Watch the first entry in the Tiny Desk 2022 competition: NPR

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Our Eighth Annual Tiny Desk Contest open for entries this morning, and Maria Brosgol, who records and performs as Belle-Skinner, wasted no time submitting her application.

Brosgol is an independent folk artist from New York, and she submitted the first-ever entry for this year’s competition. In her entrance video for “Song of the Silent,” she preaches hope and understanding. His fingerpicking is simple and elegant; his delivery is direct as his voice builds. “They say no choice but to be violent / and if you don’t agree, you’re wrong / but I say there’s room for peace if there’s peace room for the song,” she sings in a high, haunting voice.

We’re not surprised Belle-Skinner is the first artist to enter this year’s contest — she’s been entering every year since 2016, so she knows what she’s doing. Let her video be an example: to submit a great entry, all you need is a single song and a solid desk.

We will be accepting entries until March 14 at 11:59 p.m. ET. If you are an unsigned artist, you can submit a video of yourself or your band performing an original song behind a desk on the Contest website. We’ll continue to feature outstanding entries right here on the Tiny Desk Contest Blog over the coming months, so follow along and show us what you’ve got!

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