Applications are now closed for the globalFEST Touring Fund (gFTF) .


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 $109,000 to 33 groups or 200+ individual artists.

The gFTF is open by application to all artists who have performed at the globalFEST flagship festival in New York City from 2004-2019.

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 program RFP for details).  gFTF cannot fund artist fees, however artist fees must be included in the tour budget in your application.


Application Details (please review)

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). Notification of application status will be sent via email to all applicants by mid April 2019. For part two, once application is submitted by deadline, there will be a prelimitary review at which time we may ask for clarification or further information prior to submitting it to panel for consideration.  

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 have any trouble downloading this document, please contact isabel@globalfest.org.

Download the gFTF Application Information Packet 

Download the gFTF Sample Budget Template

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

Important Program Dates

  • Applications Accepted: Feb. 1 - March 22, 2019

  • For Tours Taking Place: April 2019 - April 2020

  • Application Deadline: March 22, 2019 (midnight EST)

  • Applicants will be notified with the results of their application by mid April 2019.


Program Changes

Following a review of touring grants in North America as well as an evaluation of our own program, we have made some important changes to the gFTF in order to better serve gF artists. These include adjusting our application cycles to ongoing quarterly reviews to ensure artists can take advantage of touring opportunities through a variety of touring periods.


Open: Feb. 1, 2019
Deadline: March 22, 2019
Contact: isabel@globalfest.org
"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.