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.

The Norwegian Consulate General provides information on Norway to the public. They also facilitate cultural and educational exchanges between the U.S. and Norway. In that spirit, they continue to collaborate with the festival to present exciting Norwegian artists to the Big Ears audience.

Music Norway aims to foster growth in interest and use of Norwegian music of all genres and styles. Addressing the needs of the music industry, artists, ensembles and organizations, Music Norway offers support programs, competence building, facilitation of networking arenas and counseling – just to name a few tools that are at the organization’s disposal. Music Norway develops programs that fit a digital and global music industry, based on data retrieval, analysis and music export statistics.

Founded in 1953, Norsk Jazzforum (the Norwegian jazz forum) is a non-profit organization that aims at connecting the Norwegian jazz scene. It’s primary focus is to spread jazz to the widest possible audience in Norway, speaking for Norwegian jazz nationally and internationally, as well as to work towards increased funding for Norwegian jazz. In addition to the national organization Norsk Jazzforum in Oslo, there are 5 regional jazz centers in Norway, based in Bodø, Trondheim, Bergen, Arendal and Oslo.

Opening it’s doors at Victoria in 2008, Nasjonal jazzscene (the National Jazz Scene) gives Norway’s jazz audience an excellent place to experience and discover high quality jazz music. This intimate venue lies in the heart of Oslo, it’s concert program reflecting the high quality of the Norwegian, as well as the international jazz scene, mainly from modern/melodic jazz, but ranging from mainstream to free improvisation. Victoria is a historic venue with a vibrating cultural background.


Ultima is the premiere contemporary music festival in the Nordic region. The festival aims to promote artistic distinctiveness, trends and innovation and to make music of a high artistic standard accessible by everyone. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon is the patron of Ultima.

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

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.

Headquartered in Knoxville, TN, Regal Entertainment Group operates one of the leading and most geographically diverse theatre circuits in the United States. The Company operates in 46 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. The size, reach and quality of the Company’s theater circuit not only provide it’s patrons with a convenient and enjoyable movie-going experience, but is also an exceptional platform to realize economies of scale in theater operations.

At Pilot Flying J, giving back is part of who we are. We have a long history of lending a helping hand, a philosophy established by our founder, Mr. James A. Haslam II, when the company first began in 1958. “Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot | Flying J is committed to serving the communities where our guests and team members live and work.


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.


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 to consumers.



Blackberry Farm Brewery crafts culinary focused beers inspired by the rich brewing traditions of the Old World, while celebrating the seasonal and agricultural heritage of the South. We are respectful of the time honored methods of making beer, while constantly pushing the boundaries to employ modern techniques to enhance the complexity of our releases.


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

Our mission is to celebrate and preserve our regions’ musical heritage in the only way it can be done: playing the tunes and passing them on from musician to musician. East Tennessee has rich roots in Irish and Scottish music, and they merged here with other influences and evolved into bluegrass and old time Appalachian genres. At Boyd’s Jig and Reel we celebrate our musical past, our present, and future, boasting over 800 whiskies.

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 9 am – 10 pm. Everyone Welcome!


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

Nothing Too Fancy is a family owned and operated t-shirt boutique specializing in ultra-soft, vintage style apparel. All designs are done by local artists and all apparel is printed at their very own screen print shop located right here in Knoxville, TN. Shop small & shop local.

Planet H2O is a premium domestic water that is naturally alkaline (ph 8.3) and has a naturally occurring essential mineral content. Recognized as one of the best tasting bottled waters in the world, Planet H2O is sourced from a previously undiscovered artesian aquifer nearly one mile below the Earth’s surface. It is filtered through 500 million year old rock formations and is free of all surface contaminants. Planet H2O is bottled at the source using solar technology in beautiful Linden, TN and can be found locally at many locations including Three Rivers Market, Pilot, Weigels, Food City, and Ingles. Learn more at


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.

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.