Become a Big Ears Supporter.

Big Ears launched a decade ago; since then, it’s become one touchstone global cultural event. In 2020 The New York Times called it “one of the great music bashes in the world.”

Now established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a dynamic board of directors and a dedicated staff, support and contributions from donors like you make it possible for Big Ears to produce an event imbued with the spirit of joyful discovery and sense of generosity that comes along with engaged listening.

Your gift makes the full scope of the Big Ears experience possible. Your support enables us to program world-class concerts by many of the leading composers and performers of our time — along with films, exhibitions, talks and discussions, workshops, literary events, and more.

Thank you for supporting Big Ears.



VOYAGER: $100-399

• Special access to Big Ears tickets prior to public on-sale
• Invitations to exclusive behind-the-scenes virtual conversations with Big Ears artists and curators in advance of the Festival
• 15% discount at Big Ears shop
• Credit in printed festival program & annual report

SEEKER: $400-699

• Invitation to Big Ears Festival Thursday kick-off party
• Limited edition festival poster
• Plus, all of the above benefits

TRAILBLAZER: $700-1,499

• Invitation to ‘secret shows’ & surprise performances at the festival
• Access to the Big Ears VIP lounge
• Plus, all of the above benefits

VISIONARY: $1,500-2,499

• Invitation to a private Friday happy hour reception featuring a Big Ears artist
• Deluxe festival gift bag — t-shirt, mug, tote bag & poster
• Plus, all of the benefits above

ICON: $2,500-4,999

• Invitation to Sunday brunch at the festival — hosted by Big Ears Board
• Special access to a rehearsal or soundcheck
• Plus, all of the benefits above

LUMINARY: $5,000 & above

• A pair of VIP tickets to the festival ($1,500 value)
• Plus, all of the benefits above

To learn more about the benefits at the $5,000+ level, contact

Big Ears Festival
501 West Main Street, PO Box 217
Knoxville, TN 37901-0901

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