Touring Fund


gFTF Cycle 7: Now Accepting Applications – Deadline Extended to December 6th!

globalFEST (gF) is now accepting applications for Cycle 7 of the globalFEST Touring Fund.  This grant is for tours that will take place February 1st, 2016 – January 31st, 2017 Only.  Deadline to apply is now December 6th (extended).

globalFEST artists who have performed at a globalFEST January Showcase/Festival are eligible to apply for the 7th cycle of the globalFEST Tour Fund (gFTF). 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 2004-2015. 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.

Important dates for the Cycle 7 gFTF grant cycle is as follows:

  • Cycle 7: February 1ST, 2016 – January 31st, 2017 only
  • Application Deadline Extended to: December 6th, 2015 (midnight EDT)
  • Applicants will be notified with the results of their application by December 18, 2015

How to Apply

globalFEST artists interested in applying for the gFTF may submit their application online by slicking on the “Apply” button below.  Before beginning the application, please download the below Application Information Packet which contains essential information about required applications materials, as well as detailed instructions.  Please note you will not be able to save your online application and return to it, therefore you should prepare all materials prior to completing the online form.

Download the: gF Touring Fund Application Information Packet & Instructions
Download the: gFTF Cycle 7 Budget Form

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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 6: Summer 2015 – Spring 2016

Check out the artists selected for the gF Touring Fund Cycle 6:

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 provde tour support for these outstanding artists and globalFEST alumni.

gFTF Cycle 6 Artists