To my fellow Colorado musicians .. NPR has announced their 2019 NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest.  It’s a great opportunity for unknown bands and musicians across the country to film themselves performing one song at a desk of their choice.

The winner will play NPR’s famous Tiny Desk in Washington, D.C. before embarking on a U.S. tour of concerts hosted by NPR Music in partnership with Member stations throughout the country.

This year, for the first time ever, the Contest is open to musicians ages 18 and older (in previous years the Contest was open to musicians ages 21 and older). In addition, NPR is partnering with Blue Microphones, the exclusive sponsor for the 2019 Contest and tour. Blue Microphones is an audio production company that designs and produces microphones, headphones, recording tools, signal processors, and music accessories for audio professionals, musicians, and consumers.


Classical Musicians Ages 8-18 Invited to Audition for NPR’s Popular Show, ‘From the Top’

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – May 31, 2012 – Colorado Public Radio (CPR) and The Colorado Symphony invite classical musicians ages 8-18 to audition for National Public Radio’s (NPR) hit show, “From the Top.”

“From the Top” with host Christopher O’Riley is a popular NPR radio program showcasing America’s best young classical musicians. It can be heard on CPR’s statewide network of classical music stations on Sundays at 6 p.m. and on more than 200 other stations nationwide.

CPR hopes to highlight the young talent in Colorado by encouraging local student musicians to audition for the show. Classical musicians, including instrumentalists, vocalists, composers and ensembles who are not yet enrolled full-time in a college or conservatory are invited to audition.

Students who audition may be featured with The Colorado Symphony during a concert broadcast recording of “From the Top” live from Boettcher Concert Hall on Jan. 12, 2013. Applicants also have the opportunity to be included on future “From the Top” programs recorded around the country.

“From the Top’s” variety show format features serious musical performances and lively interviews with some of the country’s best pre-collegiate performers. This unique blend of music, talk and humor draws nearly 700,000 loyal listeners each week. After every live concert recording, performers are invited to share their music, experiences and related passions with their peers.

Of the more than 100 musicians chosen to appear on the radio program every year, approximately 20 will receive Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Awards in support of furthering their musical education. Scholarships up to $10,000 are given to deserving young classical musicians between the ages of 8-18 who have high levels of artistic achievement, demonstrated financial need and a solid academic record.

Qualified students can apply at Applications and recorded auditions are accepted continuously and on a rolling admissions basis.

For the past decade, From the Top has been the preeminent showcase for America’s best young musicians. Through award-winning NPR and PBS programs, online media, a national tour of live events, and education programs, From the Top shares the stories and performances of pre-collegiate musicians with millions each week. Each program provides a compelling and entertaining window into the world of a diverse group of young people, who pursue life with passion, determination, and joy. From the Top’s 2011-12 National Tour is sponsored by U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management.

From the Top’s training and mentorship programs prepare young musicians to connect with new audiences, serve as positive peer role models, and give back to their communities in many ways.

Learn more at

KUNC-FM – seeking a Morning Edition Host/Reporter.

KUNC-FM in Greeley, Colorado is seeking a Morning Edition Host/Reporter.

We are looking for a person with an engaging and conversational hosting style as well as credible news delivery and judgment. KUNC’s Morning Edition Host is responsible for preparing all station originated material including hourly newscasts, underwrites, promotional, and public service announcements . A successful candidate has at least two years of hosting, public radio news and fundraising experience. College degree preferred.

This is a great opportunity to grow with an award winning station that covers northern Colorado, mountain and resort towns, and areas along the eastern plains. Full job description and application is available at

Please submit a cover letter, resume and CD or MP3 files with examples of hosting, news anchoring and reporting to: Community Radio for Northern Colorado, Human Resources, 1901 56th Ave. Suite 200, Greeley, CO 80634 KUNC is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Salary DOE with exceptional benefits. Deadline for applications is September 30th, 2011.