Touring Fund


gFTF Cycle 8: Applications Closed

The deadline to apply for the globalFEST Touring Fund has passed, but check back for the next cycle, and learn more about how the gFTF works below.

Please note: Applicants for Cycle 8 will be notified of the results of their application by April 13, 2016.

In keeping with gF’s mission, these grants provide continued support to gF artists by enabling them to perform in new markets and to develop new audiences in the United States, without regard to the region or size of market. This fund will help support the presence of international music in diverse communities in the United States.

In recognition that world music tours are often inhibited by high start-up costs in the US, the gFTF will award small grants to offset budget shortfalls in upcoming tours that will bring the artists to at least one new market. The gFTF is open by application to all artists who have performed at a globalFEST January Showcase/Festival from 2004-2016. gFTF will award grants in the range of $1,000 to $4,000.

To qualify, the proposed tours must include a minimum of two public performances in two different markets. This can include concerts in theaters, concert halls, performing arts centers, clubs, and/or festivals. Please note: gFTF will support travel and touring costs only. gFTF cannot fund artist fees, however artist fees should be included in the tour budget.

Questions?  Contact globalFEST’s General Manager Nicole Merritt at

globalFEST would like to thank the Ford Foundation for their generous support which allows us to make the gFTF possible.

gFTF Cycle 7

Check out the artists selected for the gF Touring Fund Cycle 7:

Selected artists are brought their music to over 30 cities around the US from the far reaches of small towns in Alaska to Butte, Montana and back to NYC!  gF is proud to be proud to provide tour support for these outstanding artists and globalFEST alumni.

Artists Awarded from Cycle 7
Artists Awarded from Cycle 7