Submissions are now closed for the globalFEST Showcase/Flagship 2019! The upcoming festival will take place in New York City on January 12, 2020. 


globalFEST’s flagship festival takes place every January and is North America’s most important world music industry event. It sells out in advance consistently each year, attracting over 1,500 music industry professionals, members of the press and music fans! Following their participation in gF, artists have gone on to tour North America at venues such as Hollywood BowlLincoln CenterBonnarooCoachellaThe Kennedy CenterSXSWthe Apollo Theater and hundreds of other theaters and festivals. Tours and cultural exchanges that result from gF showcases have helped to build an ever-widening audience for global music and by extension, an increase in international cooperation and collaboration. 

Submission Details

  • There is a $20 admin fee to apply. Please email stephanie@globalfest.org if you are unable to afford this fee.
  • Deadline to apply is TBD
  • Applications must be submitted online and all at once (there is no option to save and go back to your application after you have started). We recommend previewing the information and materials you will need to complete before starting your application. You can download the previous checklist here http://bit.ly/gfchecklist2019
  • We accept 3 submissions per agent only. Do not send us your whole roster.
  • We only consider artists who are committed to touring North America following their participation.
  • Artists who have an agent attending the Association for Performing Arts Professionals conference (APAP) which takes place during gF have more success following gF. Applications for artists/agents who participate in APAP are generally considered stronger applications.
  • We do not accept CDs, DVDs, or promotional materials by mail. Please be sure your links are working and that they best represent the music you or your artist will perform at gF, if selected.
  • We do not accept files, only links. Do not send links to your band's youtube channel with multiple videos, send individual videos you want us to preview only. If for some reason you are not able to send a link to a video or audio file, please contact Stephanie Orentas at stephanie@globalfest.org .
  • Notifications of any kind will not be sent until TBD, on a rolling basis
  • Should you have any questions please contact Stephanie Orentas at stephanie@globalfest.org.


Open: TBD 2019
Deadline: TBD 2019
Contact: stephanie@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.