Become a Friend of the Festival!

Thanks to you, Big Ears continues to cultivate artistic and educational programs that transcend traditional boundaries while bringing the work of the world’s greatest artists to new audiences.  We are so grateful for your support!

This likely goes without saying, but… Big Ears has big dreams!  We are expanding our festival, strengthening engagement with local communities, and building future audiences by programming family-friendly concerts for little ears.  We want to celebrate our city with artists and music-lovers worldwide, and ensure the magic of Big Ears extends beyond this one special weekend in Knoxville.

To build a broader base of support, we incorporated as a nonprofit in 2016.  Ticket revenue accounts for about half of the cost to present each year’s festival.  The festival is made possible by dedicated donors and sponsors who share our mission.

We’d like to ask if you’ll become a “Friend of the Festival’, and join to this very special group of donors.  Your gift comes with a range of benefits, which will unlock new experiences at the festival while giving you the chance to collect unique Big Ears items. Big or small, we’re honored by your gift!

To make a donation to the festival, please click here.

Friends of the Festival Donor Benefits

$100 – $249:

  • Your name listed on our website as a donor – thank you!
  • Special access to Big Ears Festival tickets prior to public on-sale

$250 – $499:

  • All of the above plus…
  • Invitation to Big Ears’ Kick Off Happy Hour

$500 – $999:

  • All of the above plus…
  • Limited edition commemorative festival poster
  • Exclusive invitations and free access to limited capacity, unique performances and events during the festival weekend.

$1000 – $2499:

  • All of the above, plus…
  • A special gift of exclusive, limited edition festival or artists related memorabilia

$2500 – $4999:

  • All of the above, plus…
  • Access to the Big Ears’ festival lounge

$5000 – $9999:

  • All of the above, plus…
  • Featured recognition as a sponsor of the festival, inclusion on printed materials and the website
  • Five Big Ears GA passes donated to the organization of your choice


To learn more about the benefits at the 10,000+ level, contact


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