GMFC Youth Fiddle Workshop JUNE 30, 2022 - Pictures and video - click Here!


The 51st Annual Grand Master Fiddler Championship will be held on Saturday September 3rd and Sunday September 4th, 2022 (Labor Day Weekend), in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the Ford Theater.  Contestants from all over the world will compete for the Champion titles in Youth, Traditional, and Open categories.


You can see the competition here:
Pre-Registration for the 2022 competition is now OPEN.  Click here to register.

In an effort to ensure everyone's safety at the 2022 Grand Master Fiddler Championship, the Country Music Hall of Fame has instituted the following protocols.  Please read carefully:


GMFC Workers, Volunteers, Entertainers, MCs, AND Contestants and Accompanists (anyone that’s not just a bystander to the competition) will need to be rapid tested. Rapid testing will be funded by the Museum. Testing will be done on the Crump Terrace (or just inside the door behind contestant registration should weather be an issue) from 7 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m.–1p.m. on Sunday. Once they receive a negative test, they will receive a wristband, which will be a different color each day. If you test positive, you will not be able to participate. Social distancing is not required, masks are not required.

Matthew Lin Scholarship
In honor of Matthew Lin, our 2014 GMFC Youth Champion that we lost this year, the Grand Master Fiddler Championship, Inc. has established the Matthew Thomas Lin Memorial Scholarship.  This fund will be used to provide a scholarship for music educational and will be awarded each year at the Grand Master Fiddler Championship competition.  Donations are  currently being accepted.  See the Donations page for more information on how you can honor Matthew and support his passion for fiddling. For pictures of last year's awardees and more information please click here


About Us

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.


Fiddling laid the foundation of the WSM Grand Ole Opry and remains 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 the 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. We have also donated fiddles/violins to the W. O. Smith Community Music School in Nashville.


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2022 Dr. Perry F. Harris Distinguished Fiddler Award Recipient





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