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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Center Stage

Getting Together with Gary Karr: Social Media Strategies as a Career Building Block

On Saturday, February 3, Gary led bassists Steve Bailey, Kathryn Bradley, and Paul Kowert in a discussion about strategies for standing out in a crowded virtual marketplace as an artist. Find out what makes sense for your own personal marketing strategy, and learn more about tools you can use!

This event is open to all to listen to through February 17.

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.

President's Corner

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When I first started coming to ISB conventions back in 1999, it was overwhelming in the best way! I saw performances that exceeded my wildest expectations, such creativity in repertoire, excellence in teaching, and of course the camaraderie is incredible . . . .

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Bass World

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Members receive Bass World magazine three times a year in the mail, as a digital flipbook, or both!

Read the latest issue of Bass World, Volume 46 Number 1, as we celebrate the 2023 ISB Convention.

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ISB members in good standing are eligible for a group rate on instrument insurance from Anderson Musical Instrument Insurance Solutions, LLC.

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George Vance Online Resource Library

ISB Members may browse through 40+ years of publications and learn more about the double bass's history and future in the George Vance Online Resource Library.