globalFEST’s flagship festival takes place each January and is one of North America’s most important global music events, attracting a large number of music industry professionals, members of the press and music fans. Following participation at gF, artists have gone on to tour North America and the world at hundreds of theaters, events and festivals. Tours and cultural exchanges, as well as features and articles, that result from participating at globalFEST have built an ever-widening audience for global music and, by extension, an increase in international cooperation and collaboration. We were able to expand that reach through a growing partnership with NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series in 2021 in our first “Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST” series.
For the January 2022 festival, we are currently planning a hybrid event, with streamed content as well as an in-person festival that adheres to CDC guidelines, with the health and safety of participants (artists, staff, and audiences) as our top priority. We acknowledge that, in this unprecedented time, things may change rapidly and we may have to shift plans.
Eligible artists must be tour-ready and fit certain criteria to make the most out of their appearance at gF. How do we define global music? We try not to. We let the artists define it for us. Check out our list of past performers, NPR archive and the gF Alumni Spotify Playlist to get a better idea of the diversity of styles.