The 43rd Annual Grand Master Fiddler Championship is set for September 27-28 in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. For the second year in a row, the competition is decoupled from the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass convention, with their events having moved from Nashville to Raleigh, NC.
Champions will be chosen in four categories:
- Grand Master Traditional – top entrant who plays other than in a recognized “contest” style
- Grand Master Youth – top entrant 15 and under
- Grand Master Accompanist – top guitar or piano accompanist
- Grand Master – best of the best; top entrant in the primary division
Pre-registration in encouraged, though contestants may register on site.
There is no fee to enter the competition, and Howard Harris, Chairman and CEO of Grand Master Fiddler Championship, Inc., assures us that all sponsorship income is dedicated to prizes for the competitors, totaling over $10,000.
“We are still a 501c3, all volunteer organization, and not one penny of funding goes to pay any salary or bonus, only to the fiddlers, judges and costs associated to put on the contest. We will have fiddlers from across the U.S. and typically a few from Canada and as far away as Australia.”
More details can be found online.