International Society of Bassists

ISB Membership

Be an ISB Member and You Could Be a Winner . . .
In More Ways Than One!

It's time to leap into the New Year with the ISB's eighth annual Membership Drive! Anyone who is a current member on February 29, 2016 will be entered into a drawing to win one of three great prizes:

  • A $250 credit provided by Anderson Musical Instrument Insurance, the preferred instrument insurance partner of the ISB, for a new or renewing instrument insurance policy (good through January 31, 2017).
  • A handy dandy Bass Buggie, donated by KC Strings, it's the safe, fast and easy way to transport your double bass.
  • A Marvin Cable Tailpiece, donated by Kevin Marvin, the new tailpiece design for greater sound and sustain.
Anderson Musical Instrument Insurance KC Strings Marvin Cable Tailpiece

Membership is the life blood of any organization. If you're a current member of the ISB, thank you! We are grateful to you for your continuing support - and we need your help! We challenge you to sign up a fellow bassist during our drive. Members receive Bass World magazine and e-newsletters, can be listed in our Teacher's Directory and ISB Event Hub, access the George Vance Online Resource Library (over 45 years of past issues of magazines, newsletters and convention programs) and other members-only content, and are among the first to hear of double bass events and competitions. Ask a friend, colleague or student to join online or download a membership application and mail it in. But they don't have to take our word for it, read what our 2016 Membership Drive Honorary Co-Chairs Peter Lloyd, professor of double bass at The Colburn School, and Phil Palombi, Grammy award-winning jazz bassist Music, have to say:

Peter Lloyd
Peter Lloyd
"I could write a book about how much the ISB has impacted my musical life and human spirit as a performing artist, educator and ongoing student of our beautiful instrument and the music that is written for us. From the moment I was first introduced to the ISB and its multiple layers of musical and personal interaction I knew I had found a home that would feed my soul and nurture my growth. I have lived a far richer life because of what the ISB embodies: the music, artistry, diversity of expression and sharing of global ideas, the layers of beauty, and the warmth and authenticity of how the ISB lives in the world. I have been deeply changed by so many wonderful artists from around the world coming together. I invite all of you to join our family and share what we so affectionately call 'Bass Love.' Contact me at or through Facebook and let me share with you what is waiting for you at the ISB."
— Peter Lloyd
Phil Palombi
Phil Palombi
"The International Society of Bassists is an organization that exists solely for the purpose of supporting and promoting bassists! The magazine is a great read and being able to advertise to a pool of people who actually want to read the bass announcements is invaluable, but the real resource is the people you meet. I have formed connections with so many great players because of my ISB membership. We should have a secret handshake, I'm just throwing that out there! We all know how important having a social network can be in the music business, and as a bass player you can't do any better than the ISB. Join the ISB and go to just one convention and you'll see what I'm talking about. You'll never want to miss another one."
— Phil Palombi

Membership Renewals

Already a member of ISB? Click here to renew your membership.

Join the ISB

You can join the ISB by one of the following methods:

  1. Fill out the online form and join using your credit / debit card.

  2. Download, print, and mail in this page (PDF format). Send it with your check, money, or credit / debit card information order in U.S. funds to the ISB office.

Watch for a welcoming letter and recent copy of Bass World in the mail soon!

Member Benefits

  • Teachers Directory — If you're a teacher seeking students, join the ISB and complete the optional online Teachers Directory questionnaire as part of your member profile. Students and/or their parents will be able to read about your specializations, credentials, experience, and your philosophy of teaching and contact you by email. If you're already a member, login and update your member profile to be part of the Teachers Directory. If you're no longer seeking students, you can log into your member profile and uncheck the Teachers Directory opt-in box, but your teacher profile will be retained in case you want to opt back in later.

  • Luthier Directory — If you're a luthier seeking customers and wish to be listed in the Luthiers Directory, join the ISB and complete the optional online Luthiers Directory questionnaire as part of your member profile.

  • Bass World magazine three times a year, and frequent email communications about news ( and upcoming events and competitions.

  • Access to the ISB George Vance Online Library, with searchable PDF files of over 45 years of magazines, newsletters, convention programs, and personality calendars.

  • Access to the ISB online Membership Directory.

  • Group discount rates to insure your instruments and bows through Anderson Musical Instrument Insurance Solutions, LLC.

  • Access to exclusive members-only video content, coming soon!

  • Placing online ads to sell your bass or bow at discounted member rates.

  • Post your upcoming performances on the ISB Event Hub at no charge.

  • Eligibility to register for ISB conventions and competitions.

  • Members can make arrangements to borrow the Karr-Koussevitzky Bass and Scott LaFaro Bass for performances.


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