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How big a Prince fan are you? Paisley Park is looking for tour guides

If you’re a big enough Prince fan to move to Minnesota, Paisley Park is looking for tour guides as the musician’s home is set to open to the public next month.

Music fans visit a memorial created outside Paisley Park, the home and studio of Prince, on April 23, 2016 in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Prince, 57, was pronounced dead shortly after being found unresponsive in an elevator April 21 at Paisley Park.
Music fans visit a memorial created outside Paisley Park, the home and studio of Prince, on April 23, 2016 in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Prince, 57, was pronounced dead shortly after being found unresponsive in an elevator April 21 at Paisley Park. Image by Scott Olson/Getty Images

The world mourned the loss of the star to a painkiller overdose in April and it was later announced that his home and studio complex in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen would begin daily tours on 6 October. With the spot likely to become a huge pilgrimage destination for music lovers, Paisley Park is hiring full-time and part-time positions, including tour guides, security, marketing and public relations staff, and people to work in merchandising and the archives.

There are job fairs being held on Thursday, 8 September and Friday, 9 September from 9 am to 3 pm at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. Anyone who is unable to make it to the job fair can download an application and email it in. The Minnesota Star Tribune reports that more than 100 people will be recruited to work at Paisley Park.

Pop star Prince today postponed ticket sales for his UK tour.
Pop star Prince. Image by Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The project is a partnership with Graceland Holdings LLC, which oversees Elvis Presley’s Memphis home, Graceland. That site is also a popular pilgrimage spot for fans of the King and will see a new hotel open next to the property in October.

If your trip to Minnesota is set to be a more short-term endeavour, the tours begin next month and will take visitors through the home and production complex, showing off artefacts from his personal archives, his concert wardrobe, his awards, musical instruments, artwork, recordings, memorabilia, cars and motorcycles. General admission tickets can be bought online for $38.50, while there is also a VIP experience available for $100.