Show Sponsorship

A show sponsorship is a great way to support Big Top, receive unique promotional opportunities, and enjoy a one-of-a-kind show experience! 

A show sponsorship can be used to promote your business, honor a loved one, recognize an achievement, or celebrate a reunion of family or friends.  Sponsorships help offset the artist fees and performance costs and give unique marketing opportunities to business’.  Your support is important to Big Top Chautauqua’s ability to bring diverse performers to the tent stage. 

Sponsorship benefits include VIP tickets, recognition in print pieces and online, and special perks like autographed concert posters and entertaining opportunities. 

Headlining Sponsorship $2500* | House Show Sponsorship $1250


2014 Sponsorship Opportunities:

Cornmeal and Pert Near Sandstone June 14th, ~ $2500 Sponsorship

Blue Canvas Rewind June 20th, ~ $1250 Sponsorship

Don McLean & Judy Collins ~ June 21st ~ $3000 Sponsorship*

Highway 61 Revisited: A Bob Dylan Retrospective ~ The Blue Canvas Orchestra and Corey Carlson, June 26th and July 10th ~ $1250 Sponsorship

Riding the Wind ~ July 3rd ~ $1250 Sponsorship

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy ~July 20th ~ $2500 Sponsorship

Toad the Wet Sprocket ~ July 24th ~ $2500 Sponsorship

 Terrance Simien – the Zydeco Experience and the Sauce Boss ~ July 26th ~ $2500 Sponsorship

Shanties and Shipwrecks ~ July 27th ~ $1250 Sponsorship

Jason Isbell July 31st ~ $2500 Sponsorship

Todd Snider & Cory Chisel August 15th ~ $2500 Sponsorship

Big Top Opry ~ August 17th ~ $1250 Sponsorship

Sierra Hull with The Barefoot Movement ~August 21st ~$2500 Sponsorship

Della Mae ~August 31st ~$2500 Sponsorship

Shanties and Shipwrecks ~ September 5th ~ $1250 Sponsorship

Old Last Night ~September 6th ~ $2500 Sponsorship

 *Some Headlining Show Sponsorships will be higher then $2500 – based on higher artist fees and performance costs. For more information about sponsoring a performance contact Chelsea at


Sponsor Benefits:

Complimentary seats - 10 front row seats or 10 ‘VIP’ box seats with beverage service from Mount Ashwabay. Sponsors also have first right to purchase surrounding seats for their guests.

Custom Tickets – Business or Sponsor name printed on all tickets purchased for show

Print Recognition – Sponsors are recognized in the season magazine and season brochure with the sponsored performance. The magazine is a keepsake piece distributed through regional newspapers, direct mail, and available at the Tent (April deadline). The season brochure is available at local and regional locations.

Tent Recognition – Sponsors are recognized live from the stage, and season-long on banners at the Tent, on our pre-show and intermission slideshows. Sponsors are invited to advertise their business and provide samples or coupons.

Web Presence - Sponsors are highlighted on and to over 17,000 customers through e-blasts with a click through logo or link.  Use the opportunity to drive customers to your website or specific event!

Autographed Poster Recognized as show sponsor on show posters and sponsors receive an autographed show poster that recognizes them as the sponsor to frame and display. 

Entertaining Opportunities- Sponsor receive complimentary use of our VIP tent the night of your sponsored performance, catering available. Sponsoring a show is a great recognition opportunity for your employees. Treat your staff to a picnic and show. We can accommodate large groups and provide catering options


Special Thanks to our 2013 Sponsors:

The Bayfield Inn ~ Big Top Chautauqua’s 2013 Season Underwriting Sponsor


Advance Printing of Hayward ~ The Alliance for Sustainability ~ American Family Insurance ~ Ancientwood, Ltd. ~ Apostle Islands Booksellers ~ Apostle Islands Area Community Fund ~ Apostle Island Heritage Preservation Conservancy


Bayfield Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau ~ Bayfield County Tourism ~ Bayview Beach Bums~ Benefit Integrations ~ Bremer Bank 


CF Design ~ C.G. Bretting Manufacturing Co., Inc. ~ Chequamegon Bay Arts Council ~ Chequamegon Theatre Association ~ Chippewa Valley Bank ~ Jim and Joanne Collins ~ Corneille Law Group LLC


Deep Water Grille


The Egg Toss Café ~ Myra Ehnert ~ Essentia Health, Ashland Clinic


Fiorio Brothers Investments ~ Friends of Virginia Duncan ~ Don Funk


BLarry and Pat Gansluckner ~ Therene Gazdik ~ GenSafaris Adventures ~ Ruth and Bruce Goetz ~ Good Thyme Restaurant ~ Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission


Haukaas & Madison, S.C. ~ Hauser’s Superior View Farm ~ Larry Hendrickson and Barbara Forster


Kelly & Crew


LBS Insurance Group ~ Legendary Waters Resort and Casino ~ Deb and Jeff Lewis


The Inn on Madeline Island ~ Maggie’s Restaurant ~ Memorial Medical Center ~ Motion to Go


Norske Nook & Northwood’s Brewing ~ Jim Nepstad and Deb Diamond-Nepstad ~ Northern State Bank ~ Northland College


Derek and Kim Ogle


Jim and Joy Perry ~ Pier Plaza & Bayfront Inn ~ Printing Plus


Duane and Sandy Raspotnik ~ Reed Realty


Seagull Bay Motel ~ Pat and Judy Sebranek ~ Rick, Theresa and Alan Seppa ~ Star Liquor ~ Super H Foods




Roger and Lynn Van Vreede  ~ Von Holzen Chevrolet


Washburn Community Educational Foundation ~ Washburn IGA  ~ White Winter Winery ~ Thomas and Patricia Wiatr ~ Wild Rice Restaurant ~ Wilderness Inquiry ~ Wisconsin Public Radio


Xcel Energy