BU Global Music Festival News

Global Music Month 2020: BUGMF Program

Due to Covid-19, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 BU Global Music Festival. We are excited to present virtual programming as a part of Global Music Month 2020, with 19 festivals and presenters from the US and Canada joining together for a month of online celebration of music from around the world, from August 29 to October 1.

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NEA Art Works Award

We are excited to announce that an Art Works award of $15,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts has been given to Boston University via the BU Arts Initiative for the BU Global Music Festival. Read more in our press release.

“We are truly grateful for this support,” says Marié Abe, Associate Professor of Music and BU Global Music Festival Artistic Director, “especially at the time when learning to listen to disparate peoples with different histories is all the more important than ever.”

For information about past festivals, please visit our archive websites:
2019 Festival | 2018 Festival

2019 Awards

The BU Global Music Festival was ranked #5 in the Top 10 World/Global Music Festivals in the 2019 Festival Awards by Transglobal World Music Chart.

2018 Awards & Reviews

The BU Global Music Festival was ranked 3rd Best Newcomer Festival and 3rd Best Small/Medium Festival Award in the 2018 Festival Awards by Transglobal World Music Chart.

“One of the most exciting developments for fans of international music in the Boston area was the debut of this free festival…. the programming was stellar.” Noah Schaffer – ArtsFuse

Enjoy two days of extraordinary international music, educational events, a cultural organizations fair, and a global bazaar on Boston University’s Charles River Campus – all free and open to the public of all ages with registration.

The BU Global Music Festival is produced by the BU Arts Initiative – Office of the Provost and the Department of Musicology & Ethnomusicology in the College of Fine Arts School of Music, through the Karbank Fund for Global Music. Additional support for the 2019 festival has been provided by BU Global Programs, the College of Fine Arts, The Dean of Students, BU American and New England Studies, BU World Languages and Literature, and the BU Global House.

Special thanks to our festival sponsors:


& a very special thanks to our generous individual donors.


This program is supported in part by a grant from the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the City of Boston.


 This festival is handicap accessible.