photo by Sachyn Mital

globalFEST’s flagship festival takes place every January and is North America’s most important world music industry event. It sells out in advance consistently each year, attracting over 1,500 music industry professionals, members of the press and music fans! Following their participation in gF, artists have gone on to tour North America at venues such as Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Bonnaroo, Coachella, The Kennedy Center, SXSW, the Apollo Theater and hundreds of other theaters and festivals. Tours and cultural exchanges that result from gF showcases have helped to build an ever-widening audience for global music and by extension, an increase in international cooperation and collaboration. 

Read NPR Music's review of gF 2020: Our Top Discoveries From globalFEST 2020

Read the New York Times review of gF 2020: At Globalfest, Rowdy Sounds From Around the World


"The importance of a buzzed-about show at globalFEST should not be underestimated"

 -Billboard Magazine 

globalFEST is sponsored by Rock Paper Scissors and Tamizdat and supported by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
globalFEST is part of JanArtsNYC.org and its media partner, the NYC Mayors Office of Media and Entertainment.