The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With over 575,000 members representing more than 10 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.

Founded in 1994 by attorney Lindsay Young, the Aslan Foundation is focused on preserving and enhancing the natural beauty, assets and history of the Knoxville area and enhancing quality of life in the region. The Aslan Foundation has invested in preserving and restoring historic lands and properties. In addition, the Aslan Foundation supports a variety of Knoxville area educational, social welfare and cultural endeavors with grant funding. Visit

More than 40 years ago, Blackberry Farm was founded on the idea of creating a home with good friends, family and good food. Today, Blackberry continues to share its Southern hospitality and a true sense of place with all that visit. Escape to the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee and experience all that Blackberry Farm has to offer.

The mission of the Bijou Theatre is to provide an excellent performance venue for the Knoxville community at reasonable cost for presentations including local jazz ensembles, smaller choral groups, solo and small instrumental groups, student opera productions and local musical theater. In addition, the Bijou strives to bring special cultural and entertainment events that will enrich the lives of East Tennesseans, stimulate cultural diversity, promote the growth of downtown, and reflect excellence in the performing arts. Visit

The City of Knoxville supports the Big Ears Festival through its Community Agency Grant program. The grant program recognizes local nonprofits that contribute to the goals and mission of the City of Knoxville through unique cultural experiences. “Our city wouldn’t be as vibrant and energetic without the contributions of our non-profit arts and community groups,” said Indya Kincannon, Special Program Manager for the City of Knoxville. “The purpose of these grants is to fuel those organizations that establish and support our city’s unique culture. Visit

Downtown Knoxville’s source for artisan spirits, naturally made wines and seasonal beers since 2007. Focusing on small, family-owned producers that make quality libations without the use of chemicals or additives. You’ll also find an array of tonics, bitters, juices, locally roasted coffee, as well as cigars and tobacco products. Follow them on Instagram (@dtwineandspiritsknox) for weekly specials and tastings. Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm.

Four Roses has a unique mellow taste unlike any other Bourbon. Four Roses is the only Bourbon Distillery that combines 5 proprietary yeasts strains with two separate mashbills to produce 10 distinct Bourbons each with its own unique character.

Naxos, the world’s leading classical music label, is known for recording exciting new repertoire with exceptional talent.

NEA Artworks grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit

Nothing Too Fancy is a retail store owned and operated by a family of Knoxvillians who set out to fill a void in Downtown’s retail scene by providing a place for people to shop for ultra-soft t-shirts. Working with local artists who are inspired by Knoxville’s vibrant and varied culture, it quickly turned into much more. The store offers a wide variety of screen printed items using water based inks, salvaged treasures, jewelry and one of a kind items. Visit them at

Originally called “Select,” people asked for the “Blue Ribbon” beer when we began tying silk ribbons around the bottles in 1882 to commemorate its award winning taste. The name was officially changed to Pabst Blue Ribbon in 1895. As a beer known today for its iconic can, it is fitting that PBR was first to introduce canned beer in 1935. While much has changed in the world since PBR was first brewed in 1844, our commitment to high quality without pretense remains steadfast. It’s not million dollar advertising campaigns that make a good product: it’s the true value it brings.  Visit

The PepsiCo Recycling initiative, introduced on Earth Day 2010, brings innovative recycling solutions to colleges and universities, K-12 schools, gas stations and popular retail locations across the U.S. with the goal of increasing the national beverage container recycling rate. With programs including Recycle Rally and college and university container collections, and the help of many strategic partners, students and public citizens alike, PepsiCo is well on its way to achieving its goal.

Founded in 2015, The Public Cinema exists to share vital works of contemporary international and American cinema—works that might otherwise be unseen or overlooked by Knoxville audiences. Many of the films we screen are discoveries from the festival circuit; some will be Tennessee or regional premieres. The Public Cinema has been a proud partner of Big Ears since 2016.

Regal Riviera Stadium 8 stands on the site of the long lost, jazz-era Riviera Theatre. Regal’s Riviera features all the latest amenities along with an impeccable film presentation for an outstanding moviegoing expereince and is the first new downtown cinema in Knoxville since the Roxy Theatre was built in the 1930’s.

The Red Bull Music Academy is a global music institution committed to fostering creativity in music. We celebrate music, its culture, and the transformative minds behind it. Begun in 1998, the Academy has taken the core principles that underlie its annual workshop for selected participants and applied this curatorial approach to events, lectures, and city-wide festivals throughout the year. Visit

Master to apprentice, generation after generation, every STEINWAY is built with experience decades in the making — by artisans who take pride and time to humanize a piano still made by hand, who strive for and achieve continuous innovation and improvement. Every STEINWAY & SONS grand and upright is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and a consummate work of art. Each STEINWAY, consisting of more than 12,000 individual parts, has its own musical character and is as unique as the individual who plays it.

The magnificent Tennessee Theatre first opened its doors on October 1, 1928 and was hailed as “the South’s most beautiful theatre.” Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and honored as the Official State Theatre of Tennessee, today’s Tennessee Theatre has something for everyone: classical music, vintage films, dance, Broadway, and stellar performances by today’s hottest musicians and yesterday’s favorites. Visit

Tennessee is the birthplace of the blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly, and rock ’n’ roll- delivering an unparalleled experience of beauty, history, and family adventure, infused with music, that creates a vacation that is the “Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.” Tennessee’s tourism industry generates $18.4 billion in economic impact, more than $1.6 billion in state and local sales tax revenue and more than 157,400 tourism-related jobs. Learn more at

Tennessee’s only independent, customer-owned food cooperative since 1981 located just 1 mile north of downtown. Specializing in local & organic produce and groceries including ready-to-eat options for vegetarian, vegan, paleo, and gluten free diets. Made in-house hot food bar offered daily with brunch Saturday & Sunday. Open Daily 8 am – 9 pm. Everyone Welcome!

A top-ranked program by US News & World Report, the University of Tennessee School of Art is home to artists, designers and art historians of national stature. The School has an active exhibition program, regularly hosting major exhibitions of work by national and international artists. In addition to the UT Downtown Gallery, the School also maintains the Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture and Gallery 1010, Tennessee’s only student run, non-profit, off-campus exhibition space.

Visit Knoxville is your hub for all things Scruffy City! Knoxville offers the perfect blend of southern hospitality and modern development. Rich in natural beauty, this diverse and historic city surprises visitors with its sophisticated mix of culture. It’s the big city with little attitude, where everyone is treated like a local.

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