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10th anniversary of the groundbreaking world music festival + non-profit organization. Now year-round.
10th anniversary of the groundbreaking world music festival + non-profit organization. Now year-round.
230 backers pledged $23,531 to help bring this project to life.

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Red Baraat at Bonnaroo
Red Baraat at Bonnaroo

Thank you generous supporters! globalFEST has exceeded its goal and funding is now guaranteed. We've already doubled the number of backers from our first campaign just 2 years ago - a tremendous show of support from our community. BUT, we've still got 1 day left so LET’S KEEP GOING! 

All funds raised will go towards building globalFEST’s services and programs as we move from being a singular catalyzing event to a year-round non-profit service organization for the world music community and beyond. Remember, $60 includes a ticket for globalFEST 2013 on January 13. Last year's show sold-out well in advance--guarantee your spot for globalFEST's 10th anniversary edition with your contribution!

globalFEST (gF) began as a creatively curated bright spot for global music lovers in the dark days of early January in NYC. Over its first decade, gF’s groundbreaking annual 3‐stage, 12‐band world music showcase/festival has become one of the most catalytic world music events in North America and the premier gateway event for emerging and established artists from around the world.

globalFEST is also a party, turning winter doldrums into a multi-continent romp at one of downtown New York’s most historic venues, spotlighting artists who represent diverse global styles, ranging from traditional and folk to hybrid acts that incorporate classical, rock, jazz, electronic dance music and hip‐hop. Since 2003, gF has provided more than one hundred groups from around the world access to stages across North America. globalFEST is committed to keeping ticket prices low – with no increase in the past decade – to encourage festival-goers to explore new and unfamiliar sounds and discover new favorites.

The last six months have marked milestones in both organizational and programmatic development for globalFEST. Now an independent 501c3 non-profit organization, gF has grown from an annual showcase/festival into a year‐round resource for cultural curators, global music artists, and the live music industry as a whole.

The launch of globalFEST’s Touring Fund (gFTF) offers competitive grant opportunities to all tour‐ready gF alumni artists. gFTF is an innovative program designed to encourage cultural exchange by offsetting the high cost of touring in the U.S., and to encourage performances in new, underserved markets.

globalFEST has also expanded its presentations outside of NY. In Spring 2012, globalFEST brought its curatorial vision to stages at SXSW, the country’s most influential independent music conference and festival and at Bonnaroo, one of the country’s most beloved festivals. gF artists performed alongside Radiohead, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fun, Questlove, Bon Iver, and St. Vincent. Through these events, gF and the participating artists garnered national coverage in such media as SPIN magazine, The New York Times and the Austin‐Statesman.

This September, globalFEST presents events on two continents: including a day-long showcase of eight New York-based diaspora artists at Paris’ Festival d’île de France, and collaboration between Debo Band and Forro in the Dark with the legendary Joshua Light Show at NYU’s Skirball Center

gF is now planning for its next phase of development providing expanded service for the performing arts field in general and the world music field in particular. It is uniquely positioned to have impact on the entire live music industry—in NYC and beyond.

The festival directors, Bill Bragin of Acidophilus: Live & Active Cultures, Isabel Soffer of Live Sounds and Shanta Thake of Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater- along with a dedicated cadre of volunteers - produce this highly anticipated event on an entirely unpaid basis.

We rely on the generosity of our Kickstarter supporters to help make all these ambitious programs possible, and we thank you! Please give as much as you can, and help spread the word!

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    Name listed in gF program and on website, gF T-shirt, sneak preview of confirmed artists before the general public if your donation is committed before 10-12-10 + above

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    CONTRIBUTE BY 9/13 and get 2 tickets to gF at Joshua Light Show Spectacular with Debo Band and Forro in the Dark at NYU’s Skirball Center on Sept 16!
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    1 additional festival ticket (2 total) with access to VIP Balcony in Ballroom + above

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    CONTRIBUTE BY Sept 27 and as a special bonus we'll give you a pair of tix to the GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL on 9/29 at the Great Lawn in Central Park with NEIL YOUNG and Crazy Horse, Black Keys, Foo Fighters, K'Naan
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    CONTRIBUTE BY 9/13 and in addition to the above tickets to gF at Joshua Light Show spectacular you"ll receive 2 tickets to a Joe's Pub or Live Sounds show of your choice (some restrictions apply, we'll send you a list of all shows) + above
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    At gF you will receive reserved seats for two in gF Marlin Room and Ballroom, Shout out from gF stage during the festival, 2 drink tickets + above

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    2 tickets to a Joe's Pub or Live Sounds show of your choice (some restrictions apply, we'll send you a list of all shows) + above + At gF you will receive reserved seats for two in gF Marlin Room and Ballroom, Shout out from gF stage during the festival, 2 drink tickets + above.

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    2 additional tickets (4 total) with reserved seating for 4 in Marlin Room and Ballroom, Choice of signed print by gF illustrator Michael Arthur or signed print by gF photographer Kevin Yatarola, Access for 2 to artist soundchecks on day of show, 2 tickets to a show of your choice at Joe’s Pub or Live Sounds (Some restrictions apply, we’ll send you links to shows)
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    Announce one group from one stage during gF*, receive a limited edition gF photo book, Lunch for 2 with gF producers, join gF producers for after-party where you will be plied with drinks + above (* alongside gF team)

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