Submit a proposal to be a presenter at the ISB 2025 Convention!

ISB Convention 2025 Proposals

Want to present at the next ISB convention in Tallahassee, Florida? We are pleased to invite you to submit a proposal to present at the ISB 2025 Convention. Your proposal may be for either the general convention schedule, and/or the ISB Young Bassists Program (ages 8-18).

We anticipate over 1,000 bassists, exhibitors, collaborative musicians, family members, and guests from around the world to attend the concerts, seminars, workshops, lecture-demonstrations, panel discussions, masterclasses, exhibits, Young Bassists Program, and ensembles for non-professional bassists. Proposal deadline is Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

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Body & Bass: Coming Back From Injury

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Randall Kertz discusses coming back from an injury - pacing yourself in practice and playing, limiting the difficulty of what you're playing, and building up gradually.

Randall Kertz is a chiropractor, acupuncturist, bassist, author and lecturer on the topic of injury prevention for musicians. Check out more Body & Bass videos at the link below.

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ISB 2025 Convention

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ISB is headed to Florida State University College of Music in Tallahassee, Florida for the ISB 2025 Convention, taking place June 2-7, 2025. Make plans now to join us for all the performances, lectures, masterclasses, exhibits, and a week-long program for young bassists for ages 18 and under.

Convention proposals now being accepted! Proposal deadline is Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

Store / Rental Library

ISB / Gary Karr Rental Library

The ISB Online Store has relaunched on the Shopify platform, with a sharp new look and improved mobile functionality. Browse through hundreds of products offered by ISB members - music scores, methods, books, recordings and of course, The Gary Karr Store.

Harmon Lewis Grant

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ISB has created the ISB / Harmon Lewis Collaborative Keyboard Artist Grants program. These grants of up to $1,000 will help double bassists hire collaborative keyboard artists for their own public performances and recording projects.

To apply for a grant, make a donation honoring Harmon and his remarkable life and career, or just learn more, click the button below.

President's Corner

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I can hardly believe it has been more than a half year since we were all together in Ann Arbor, enjoying the late evening sunlight, and digging into new ideas and fantastic playing every day. As we endure the long, dark winter days where I live in upstate New York . . . .

Call for Site Proposals

ISB 2025 Convention

Have you attended ISB conventions in the past and wondered how the ISB selects its convention sites?

We are seeking invitations from potential host colleges and universities!



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