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

$1 – $149:

  • Your name listed on our website as a donor – thank you!

$150 – $249:

  • All of the above plus…
  • $20 discount on one GA or Premiere Weekend Pass in 2019

$250 – $499:

  • All of the above plus…
  • Access to Big Ears’ curated digital content
  • Access to an open rehearsal during the Festival
  • $20 discount on one GA or Premiere Weekend Pass in 2019, or $60 discount on one VIP Weekend Pass

$500 – $999:

  • All of the above, plus…
  • Big Ears goodie bag: t-shirt, sticker, members pin, surprise gift from the artists

$1,000 – $2,499:

  • All of the above, plus…
  • Limited edition poster, autographed by artists
  • Meet the artist pre-show / post-show
  • Access to an exclusive private event during the festival

$2,500 – $4,999:

  • All of the above, plus…
  • One VIP festival ticket
  • Reserved Parking at the Festival

$5,000 – $9,999:

  • All of the above, plus…
  • Recognition as a sponsor of a “Big Ears for Little Ears” concert for kids, featuring Big Ears artists
  • One additional VIP festival ticket

$10,000 – $24,999:

  • All of the above, plus…
  • Featured recognition as a sponsor of the festival, inclusion in the festival program and the website
  • A unique, handmade item from Big Ears artist

$25,000 +:

  • All of the above, plus…
  • Opportunity to host a private concert featuring a Big Ears artist

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