With the industry growing, it’s imperative festival organizers make their experience unique. Shanta Thake, co-director of globalFEST, a global music platform established in 2003 in response to 9/11, is providing musicians from around the world a chance to showcase their art to a broader audience. Unlike other music festivals, globalFest moves international music to the center of the performing arts field. It fosters a robust and sustainable ecosystem for world music in the United States. Its programs catalyze creative and artistic networks that break down cultural and social boundaries to support and share the world’s music through performance, touring and media. Forbes, July 27, 2019, "How GlobalFEST Is Creating Its Own Niche In A Billion Dollar Industry"