Returning C’roo members can make a huge difference
leading on the farm and giving back beyond!
For the fourth consecutive year, experienced Roo volunteers will supervise the C’Roo. GuRoos don’t just get perks, gain valuable work experience & community karma, they lead volunteer activities at the festival, and work hand in hand with the Bonnaroo Works Fund to improve life on The Farm and beyond.
Applications to join the C’Roo and become a GuRoo will be available in March. Read on to learn more about this year’s amplified karma works.
How do I become a GuRoo?
First, join the C’Roo, and fill out the GuRoo section, too. To be eligible, you must have volunteered at Bonnaroo at least once before. Applications will be accepted on a space available basis and must be submitted by March 11th. Qualified applicants who have paid their deposits will be contacted for interviews, and GuRoo selections will be finalized by May 15th at the latest.
All GuRoos are asked to work a total of 28 hours on The Farm and arrive on site for pre-show prep Sunday, June 5th.
GuRoo Karma Works
This year, the volunteer rewards are real, and every GuRoo hour counts. As part of our C’Roo Gooders campaign, the BWF will match real-life contributions to a charity of each GuRoo’s choice for every hour on the clock. At Bonnaroo 2016, GuRoo karma works double-time.
GuRoos will earn pit access at the What Stage for 2016 headliners, in addition to 2 meal tokens per shift, and 2x the tees: a C’Roo shirt and a GuRoo shirt featuring a charity of choice. GuRoos are also eligible to join us on the Bonnaroo Works Fund advisory board (read below for more). And that’s in addition to cheap friends and free memories, plus valuable leadership experience at the best music festival on earth. Applications will be available in Late February/early March.
This summer, volunteer work on the farm will butterfly effect beyond the festival grounds, with volunteer hours translating into real-life donations to the projects our community cares most about:
Education, the arts, and the environment…
All GuRoos will give not just to Bonnaroo, but to a charity of their choice. Hours will add up to real donations: items like laptops, crayons, and trees. GuRoos will be able to keep track as their work earns perks for local schools, community centers, parks, and for other karmic causes that count.
C’Roo Gooders is an extension of the Bonnaroo Works Fund, the charitable arm of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Over its 10+ year history, the BWF has donated more than $5 million to organizations both big and small, with a focus on initiatives located in and around Manchester, Tennessee.
Each GuRoo will be provided the opportunity to pledge support to one of 3 charities, with every hour on the clock karma-mining closer to an achievement that will bring benefits beyond The Farm.
Donated achievements are still TBD, as are participating charities. Stay tuned for more info as the festival date approaches.
Ask not what your Roo can do for you…
C’Roo Gooders is just the latest Bonnaroo program established to enhance the volunteer experience. We’ve long encouraged volunteers to be more than just volunteers, and now GuRoos can represent ‘Roo and lead our good works for more than just one week.
Each year, we open up positions on the Bonnaroo Works Fund advisory board to be held by distinguished GuRoos who want to take their participation to the next step.
Advisory board members will meet several times a year via video conference, interfacing quarterly with Nina Miller, BWF Director, and meeting annually with Bonnaroo Partners. The advisory board plays a key role in directing how funds are disbursed in the coming year, with committee members responsible for the shape of Bonnaroo’s future positive impact on the farm and nationwide.
The BWF advisory committee offers a unique opportunity for GuRoos who are interested in a career in the nonprofit space or those who just want to become more involved in Bonnaroo.
To participate in C’Roo Gooders or to become eligible for the BWF advisory board, fill out the GuRoo section of the C’Roo application.
See you on The Farm!
DO I NEED A TICKET?
No! Working your required shifts is your volunteer ticket. We do not refund tickets if you buy them before you find out if you have been confirmed into our program. We cannot refund tickets once purchased so please do not buy with the intention of exchanging it for a C’roo credential.
I ALREADY BOUGHT A TICKET BUT I’D LIKE TO HELP OUT FOR A FEW HOURS, CAN I DO THAT?
Sorry but no. We need all of our volunteers to commit to working at least 18 hours.
HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE?
Minimum age requirement for the C’roo is 18 years old.
WHAT IF I’M NOT FROM THE UNITED STATES, CAN I STILL VOLUNTEER?
Yes! You’ll want to check with your country’s specific laws on travel to the US but we’d love to have you.
IF I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION, HOW LIKELY IS IT THAT I’LL BE CHOSEN?
Unless you’ve volunteered in the past and done something wrong, you can pretty much guarantee that your application will be accepted. The only way to 100% lock in your place on a C’roo is to pay your deposit once you’ve been accepted.
CAN I WORK WITH MY FRIENDS?
We will do everything we can to assign you with your friends however it may not be completely possible all of the time. The more flexible you all are with when you want to work and what C’roo you are assigned to, the easier it will be to get the same shifts on the same C’roo. It also helps if you all turn in your deposit at the same time because some C’roos will fill faster than others and we may not have enough room for all of you if one person got in before everyone else.
CAN I CAMP WITH MY FRIENDS?
Only C’roo members are allowed to camp in the volunteer camping areas. So convince your friends to volunteer too and you can camp together all week! The only exception to this is Clean Vibes Post-Show C’roo volunteers who camp in GA camping.
WHEN DO I HAVE TO BE ON SITE?
It depends on which C’roo you sign up for. Pre-Show volunteers must be on site the Sunday before Bonnaroo and During-Show volunteers must be on site on Tuesday before. Post-Show Clean Vibes C’roo volunteers cannot come on site until it’s opened up for general admission.
WHY DO WE HAVE TO BE ON SITE SO EARLY?
Because we want to make sure you get checked in and set up and working before we open the doors to the general public.
WHAT PERKS ARE INCLUDED FOR VOLUNTEERS?
All members of the C’roo are guaranteed access to Bonnaroo whenever they’re not working, a t-shirt to show everyone that you are part of the C’roo, free showers, and a free meal token which can be redeemed at any of the vendors in Centeroo for every shift that you work. Clean Vibes Post Show C’roo volunteers will have slightly different perks, please see details on this position.
CAN I DO BOTH FESTIVAL C’ROO AND CLEAN VIBES C’ROO?
No! You must choose one or the other. Keep in mind that once you apply for one, you can’t transfer your application. You would have to apply and pay the application fee again if you wanted to switch.
As a C'roo member, do I have to purchase a car camping pass or a day parking pass?
No! PRE-Show and During-Show C'roo members who drive a car to the site will be given a parking pass when they arrive to our onsite check-in. Clean Vibes POST-Show C'roo members will be sent a parking pass IF they have at least 3 people in their vehicle in advance of the festival along with their festival credentials.
DO VOLUNTEERS GET TO SEE THE SHOWS?
Yes. As a member of the C’roo you are welcome to do whatever you choose with your free time as long as you show up on time and ready to work when scheduled. Being a volunteer though does mean that you may have to sacrifice some of your viewing time to do the job that you signed up for.
CAN I WORK ON MORE THAN ONE C’ROO?
Not really. We want to assign everyone to one specific C’roo so that you, the staff, and our fans get a sense of consistency with the people working everyday. The one exception to this is the Support C’roo, which fills in wherever necessary. If you like variety and are extremely flexible with what you could be doing, consider listing that as one of your Festival C’roo preferences.
WHY DO WE HAVE TO PAY A DEPOSIT?
The C’roo is an essential part of Bonnaroo. Without each and every volunteer, Bonnaroo isn’t possible. We need some level of assurance that you’re going to show up and do the job that you’ve agreed to do. While we’d love to trust everyone that signs up, there are unfortunately some people that try to take advantage of the system. We don’t want your money. We would much rather give it back to you and as long as you show up on time, stay on task, and don’t break any rules, you will get your money back.
HOW CAN I BE SURE TO GET ON THE C’ROO THAT I WANT?
Some of the C’roos are very small and will fill up quickly. You will be assigned to your C’roo within 72 hours of paying your deposit. The easiest way to give yourself the best chance of getting on the C’roo of your dreams is to pay your deposit as soon as possible.
I AM A REGISTERED NURSE OR TRAINED EMT, CAN I VOLUNTEER TO WORK IN THE MEDICAL TENTS?
While a medical background is ALWAYS appreciated on site, the C’roo does not outfit the medical tents with any volunteers.
I HAVE A TECHNICAL AND/OR PRODUCTION BACKGROUND; CAN I VOLUNTEER WITH THE BONNAROO TECH CREWS?
The C’roo does not staff any of the technical staff with volunteers.
I’M NOT SURE I CAN HANDLE ANY REAL PHYSICAL LABOR, DOES THAT DISQUALIFY ME FROM JOINING THE C’ROO?
Absolutely not! The C’roo is open to anyone and everyone. Just be sure to read the C’roo descriptions when they become available and choose a C’roo that you can physically handle. Some of our C’roos do require heavy lifting but it will be noted in the description. If you get on site and don’t think you can handle a specific job, speak up and we’ll find something else for you to do.
I’M A COLLEGE STUDENT INTERESTED IN THE EVENT/ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY. WHAT OPPORTUNITIES DO I HAVE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BONNAROO AND HOW IT WORKS?
First and foremost, volunteering at Bonnaroo gives you a great opportunity to learn the behind the scenes action at a major festival. You’ll be working directly with the staff and no matter what you’re doing, you never know who it is that you’re interacting with and what they could do for your career. The important thing is to always be on top of your game and act in professional, personable, and fun way no matter what the job is.
We also have opportunities exclusive to volunteers through Well Dunn. The mission of Well Dunn is to support the ambitions of inspired young professionals by providing mentorships, scholarships, internships, and job placement assistance to volunteers in the entertainment industry that show exceptional talent and drive as the leaders of tomorrow. For more info check out welldunn.org.