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globalFEST 2015

gF is a groundbreaking non-profit organization dedicated to fostering cultural exchange through its festival, touring fund and more.

globalFEST (gF) began in NYC in 2003 as a creatively curated bright spot for global music lovers in the dark days of early January. Over its first decade, gF’s groundbreaking annual 3 stage, 12 band showcase/festival has become one of the most catalytic world music events in North America, coinciding with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP’s) annual conference. The premier gateway for emerging and established artists, gF has provided more than one 120 groups- from around the world and from our own backyard- access to stages across the continent!

In 2010 gF incorporated into its own non-profit cultural organization. In 2011 globalFEST launched the gF Touring Fund (gFTF) open to all alumni artists intended to enhance touring opportunities by providing much needed support directly to tour-ready artists to reach new audiences. In its first 5 grant cycles, the globalFEST Touring Fund awarded grants to 18 gF alumni groups traveling to over fifty new markets!

In March 2012 gF curated its own stage at the hugely influential SXSW conference and festival and in June 2012, gF was invited to curate a stage at the beloved Bonnaroo jam band music festival alongside Radiohead, Re Hot Chili Peppers, Fun, St Vincent, Bad Brains, Questlove, D'Angelo and more. globalFEST’s participation in these and other events including a night with the psychedelic Joshua Light Show and "NY Day" at Festival d'Ile de France, serve to break down the barriers between the non-profit performing arts field and the commercial landscape. This infiltration plays a role in developing new audiences for a wide variety of music styles especially among younger, college and post-college age active music fans, creates new opportunities for world music artists and supports diverse programming in the performing arts field and beyond. gF will continue to have a presence at SXSW & Bonaroo in 2015!

In May 2012 globalFEST received its 501(c)3 status, an important turning point allowing us fundraise and plan for our next phase of development as a service organization for the presenting field and as a year-round resource for curators, global music artists, and the live music industry as a whole.

In 2015, globalFEST is partnering with CAMI Music for its first tour to bring the gF experience across North America in keeping with our mission to increase the presence of global music across the US. Starting in February of 2016, the tour will feature the Reining Queen of Haitian songs, Emeline Michel, Rio’s innovative samba masters, Casuarina, and Jamaica’s one-stringed guitar virtuoso, Brushy One String.

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601 WEST 26TH STREET #325-264
NEW YORK, NY 10001




gF is a groundbreaking non-profit organization dedicated to fostering cultural exchange through its festival, touring fund and more.

EIN: 273612523

Reports: Guidestar


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