globalFEST presents a series of annual awards that celebrate those that excel in the underrecognized but crucial global music field in the USA.
The awards are presented to artists, professionals, and organizations who have been instrumental in making significant, long-standing contributions to the field through risk-taking; addressing cultural diversity and diplomacy; activism; helping to keep, transmit, and extend the world’s ancient traditions; commitment to working with local communities; and making a difference to the greater American performing arts landscape.
This award is presented to an artist or group living or working substantially in the USA who has made a lasting impression with their music in the USA, their homeland, or around the world. Whether through innovation, activism, dynamism, or commitment to insuring the next generation will enjoy their music, this award acknowledges the impact artists have at home and abroad.
Previous Honorees: DakhaBrakha (2023), Simon Shaheen (2022), Meklit (2021), Kayhan Kalhor (2020), Mighty Sparrow / Slinger Francisco (2019), Thomas Mapfumo (2018)
This award is presented to a professional (artist, group, organization, theater/venue/festival or any member of the performing arts community) living or working substantially in the USA, at any stage in their career, who has earned respect and praise from the global music community for their outstanding commitment to the field.
Previous Honorees: Bill Martinez (2023), Afropop Worldwide (2022), Serdar Ilhan and Mehmet Dede at DROM NYC (2021), Tom Schnabel (2020), Leigh Ann Hahn (2019), Michael Orlove (2018)
This award is named after Alex Nova, who – through her tireless, joyful efforts on behalf of bringing people together through music – left an indelible mark on the global music field. It is presented to an industry professional who exemplifies her spirit: artist-centered, innovative, risk-taking, and generous.
The Trouble Worldwide Award goes to a non-performing professional living or working substantially in the US who has made an indisputable impact on the global music field through risk taking, innovation, and tireless commitment. Alex’s huge, open heart will be missed beyond words, and this annual award in her honor and memory will help us always remember what a force she was.
Previous Honorees: Ankur Malhotra (2023), Artistic Freedom Initiative (2022), Alison Loerke (2021), Lisa Stafford (2020), Matthew Covey and Tamizdat (2019), Alexandra Nova (2018)
The Pioneer Award is presented to a member of the global music community (including performing arts professionals, artists, groups, organizations, or theater/venue/festival) or other, living or working substantially in the USA who is considered a pioneer or elder whose work has been deeply felt and has had a significant impact in the field.
Previous Honoree: Catalina Maria Johnson (2022), Ismael Ahmed (2021), Lee Williams (2019)