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Applications are now CLOSED for the globalFEST Assist Fund.


To address the severe impact COVID has had on our community, globalFEST launched the  Assist Fund in 2021 – an emergency fund open to artists and industry professionals. 

Made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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We know the need is great, which is why we fundraise as part of our support drive to raise even more to support this direct giving initiative.



Who can apply:
  • Open to gF artists who have participated in annual January Festival
  • Participant of APAP, WOMEX, ISPA, NA Presenters, CIPA
  • Agents or managers who have represented gF artists
  • gF Awardees
  • Arts professionals who have worked with 1 or more gF artists including technicians, road managers
Before applying, please know that Recipients must:
  • Demonstrate at least 2 of the following: loss of income, lack of funds to make art, home insecurity, food insecurity, difficulty meeting basic living costs and/or medical expenses.
  • Be willing to provide feedback after receiving funds.
  • Be either based in the USA or a US citizen or green card holder, DACA/dreamer.
  • Have an employer tax ID number or social security number to receive funds.
If you have any questions, please contact

Important Program Dates
  • Applications Accepted: January 30 - March 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline: March 1, 2021 (midnight EST)
  • Applicants will be notified with the results of their application by mid-April 2021.