Artist Submissions

Artist Submissions Closed for globalFEST 2016

Thank you! We received a record number of artist submissions for globalFEST (gF) 2016.  At this time we are no longer accepting submissions for gF 2016.  If you submitted an artist for gF 2016, we will provide you with an update on the status of your application by the end of August 2015.  gF will begin accepting submissions for globalFEST 2017 in April 2016.  Continue reading below to learn more about our annual flagship festival.

globalFEST Flagship Festival

gF’s flagship festival takes place every January and is North America’s most important world music industry event. Last year’s festival sold out earlier than ever before and attracted over 1,500 music industry professionals, members of the press, and fans! gF alumni have gone on to tour North America at venues such as Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Bonnaroo, Coachella, The Kennedy Center, the Apollo Theater and hundreds of other theaters and festivals. Tours and cultural exchanges that result from gF’s showcases have helped to build an ever widening audience for global music and, by extension an increase in international cooperation and collaboration.  View the complete list of gF alumni here.

In 2016, globalFEST will return to one of NYC’s historic concert venues, Webster Hall on January 17th, 2016.  Artists selected to perform at globalFEST 2016 will perform a 45-60 minute showcase, with sets starting on a staggered basis to allow 1,500 + audience members to circulate and sample multiple performances.

Read more about globalFEST here.

Artist Information
Eligible artists must be tour-ready and have the infrastructure to make the most out of their appearance at gF. If selected, artists are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and visas. Through gF sponsor Tamizdat Artist Services, we can offer low-cost visa application services.

What We Provide
gF provides standard backline, festival production, and catering to the selected artists.

Does Your Band Perform World Music?
Unsure about how we define global music? We welcome music from genres spanning folk to electronic, Afropop to Afrobeat, psychadelic cumbia to American gospel. Check out our alumni list, NPR archive and Selector CD to get a better idea of the diversity of our artists before submitting your application.