Submissions are now closed for the 15th annual globalFEST festival/showcase taking place in New York City on January 14th, 2018. Our 15th anniversary showcase will take place during the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) conference in New York City. Stay tuned for 2018 applications opening in March.

About globalFEST’s 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 in advance and attracted over 1,500 music industry professionals, members of the press and fans! gF’s flagship festival is a springboard for launching touring careers in North America. 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 past gF artists here.

About globalFEST

Over the last decade, globalFEST has become one of the most dynamic global music platforms in North America, growing from an acclaimed festival/showcase into a catalytic non-profit service organization for curators, artists, and the performing arts field. Through its work, gF encourages networking and cultural diplomacy; deepens cultural understanding among its constituents; builds audiences for international music and creates new opportunities for artists leading to a more robust and sustainable ecosystem for world music in the United States. Artists that participate in gF programs represent diverse musical styles from all corners of the globe, ranging from traditional to contemporary, and everything in between. Programs include: the gF Touring Fund, which provides direct support to artists to develop new markets and audiences; gF On the Road, tours that brings creatively programmed lineups to venues nationwide; and guest curating for both commercial and performing arts settings, including such influential events as SXSW, Bonnaroo, Lincoln Center and beyond, that serve to raise the profile and visibility of the artists gF works with, and world music overall.

Artist Information

Eligible artists must be tour-ready and have the infrastructure to make the most out of their appearance at gF. Unsure about how we define global music? We welcome music from genres spanning traditional and folk to electronic, Afropop to Afrobeat, psychedelic cumbia to American gospel. The best way to understand if your band is a good fit, is to check out our past artists, NPR archive and gF Artist Spotify Playlist to get a better idea of the diversity of each year's showcase. If you’re still not sure, email Stephanie at Stephanie(at)globalfest.org. We encourage artists whose music highlights issues related to social justice or amplifies the voices of marginalized communities to apply.

Submission Details

  • There is no fee to apply.
  • Applications must be submitted online and in one sitting (there is currently no option to save and return to your application). To preview a list of information and materials you will need to complete the online application form, download this application checklist.
  • We will only accept 3 submissions per agent. Do not send us your whole roster.
  • We will only consider artists who have a firm commitment to touring North America in late 2018-2020
  • Artists who have an agent attending the Association for Performing Arts Professionals conference tend to have more success following globalFEST. Applications for artists/agents who participate at APAP are generally considered stronger applications.
  • We do not accept CDs, DVDs, or promotional materials by mail. If we need additional material, we will let you know directly. Please be sure your links best represent the music of your artist for gF.
  • We do not accept file types, only links. If for some reason you are not able to send a link to a video or audio file, please contact Nicole Merritt at nicole(at)globalfest.org.
  • Notifications of any kind will not be sent until July 2017
  • Should you have any questions please contact globalFEST General Manager, Nicole Merritt at nicole(at)globalfest.org
  • Please pass this on widely!


Open: March 29, 2017
Deadline: May 5, 2017
Location: Times Square, New York
Contact: festival@globalfest.org
"The importance of a
buzzed-about show at globalFEST
should not be underestimated."
- Billboard Magazine
Who Should Apply?
Eligible artists must be tour-ready and fit certain criteria to make the most out of their appearance at gF. How do we define global music? We try not to. We let the artists define it for us. Check out our list of past performers, NPR archive, gF Alumni Spotify Playlist and Selector CD to get a better idea of the diversity of styles. There is no fee to apply for the gF Flagship Festival.