Submissions are now open for the globalFEST Touring Fund (gFTF) for tours taking place between January 2018-January 2019!


In recognition that world music tours are often inhibited by high start-up costs in the US, the gFTF awards grants in the range of $1,000 - $4,000 to offset budget shortfalls for upcoming tours that bring gF artists to at least one new market (city). These grants provide crucial funding directly to gF artists to perform in new markets and to develop new audiences in the United States. This additional support can be critical to their ongoing success following their participation at gF. Since 2011, gF has awarded $97,000 to 27 groups or 170+ individual artists.

The gFTF is open by application to all artists who have performed at the globalFEST flagship festival in New York City from 2004-2017.

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, showcase events and/or festivals. Please note: gFTF will support actual travel and touring costs only (download the gFTF Application Information Packet).  gFTF cannot fund artist fees, however artist fees must be included in the tour budget in your application.

Application Details

The application process for the gFTF is in two parts. For part one, applications must be received electronically via the online application below. All elements of the application must be submitted at one time, you cannot go back to the application once you have started. Please be prepared to have all materials with you when you begin the process (a checklist of materials can be found in the gFTF Application Information Packet below). Following your submission, you will be contacted for part two, a phone interview to discuss your application (up to one hour).  Notification of application status will be sent via email to all applicants by mid December 2017.

Application Information Packet & Sample Budget

For a complete guide on how to apply for the gFTF including a list of what materials are required, download the Application Information Packet below.  All applicants should read this packet in detail before applying.  If you have any trouble downloading this document, please contact info@globalfest.org.

Download the gFTF Application Information Packet 

Download the gFTF Sample Budget Template

Please complete this budget and submit it with your electronic application.  For instructions on how to complete this form refer to the gFTF Application Information Packet above.

Important Program Dates

  • Applications Accepted: September 13th - November 3rd, 2017

  • For Tours Taking Place: January 2018 - January 2019

  • Application Deadline: November 3rd, 2017 (midnight EST)

  • Applicants will be notified with the results of their application by mid December 2017. 

The gFTF is made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation, as well as our generous individual Indiegogo supporters.

Open: September 13, 2017
Deadline: November 3rd, 2017
"The importance of a
buzzed-about show at globalFEST
should not be underestimated."
- Billboard Magazine
Who Should Apply?
At this time the gFTF is open exclusively to artists who have participated in a gF showcase/festival at Webster Hall.  To qualify, the proposed tours must include a minimum of two public performances in two new markets (cities, states). This can include concerts in theaters, concert halls, performing arts centers, universities, clubs, and/or festivals or some showcase or conference events (ie SXSW). Please check back for more details on our next gFTF opportunity.