Welcome to the Grand Master Fiddler Championship!
The Forty-third Annual Grand Master Fiddler Championship will be held on Saturday September 27 and Sunday September 28, 2014, in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
UPDATE - We have negotiated rates with a hotel for the contest - please click here
We are very happy to announce the competition will return to a Saturday/Sunday format so that more fiddlers can participate and enjoy the competition. Please keep checking the website for more updates!
Due to time constraints, the number of contestants per category will be limited. Contestants must check-in onsite when they arrive to confirm their registration or they could lose their chance to compete. The numbers for each competition are: Open Preliminary (30), Youth (25) Traditional (15) and Accompanist (10).
The Grand Master Fiddler Championship Inc. is organized as a Tennessee nonprofit and U.S. IRS 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, formed to educate about and perpetuate fiddling as an art form and cultural treasure. The corporation's primary focus is holding the annual Grand Master Fiddler Championship competition - an event that has started many young musicians on their way to a career in music. As a 501(c)(3) entity, all donations are tax deductible, and we welcome your support to promote and educate about fiddling. Fund-raising efforts are being planned in order to expand the competition, enhance our educational efforts, and to further the awareness of fiddling around the globe.
It is a well-known fact that fiddling laid the foundation of the WSM Grand Ole Opry and reamins important to country and bluegrass music today. For a quarter-century, the contest was sponsored by WSM, the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Association and later by Gaylord Entertainment. When financially able, the GMFC makes donations to such charities as the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund and Bluegrass Trust Fund, which benefit musicians in need. We do this in honor of the contributions of the pioneers to country, bluegrass and traditional music. Many of these pioneers such as Roy Acuff, Porter Wagoner, "Uncle Jimmy" Thompson, Bill Monroe, Howdy Forrester and Tommy Jackson played the fiddle or were very involved with fiddling.
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