Submit a proposal to be a presenter at the ISB 2021 Convention!

We are pleased to invite you to submit a proposal to present at the ISB 2021 Convention. Your proposal may be for either the general convention schedule, and/or the ISB Young Bassists Program (ages 8-18). The convention will take place on the campus of University of Nebraska - Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska, from Monday, June 7, 2021, through Saturday, June 12, 2021. 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.

In addition to the convention, the ISB will be holding competitions on Monday, June 7, 2021 and Tuesday, June 8, 2021 in solo, jazz, orchestral, and young bassist performance, as well as the ninth biennial ISB Maker's Competition.

As a non-profit organization that puts all revenues back to work for our membership, we are unable to reimburse travel expenses. Additionally, we do not pay appearance fees to any bassists - one of the ISB's long held and guiding principles. We are grateful for the many presenters over the years who have donated their time, travel, and talent as a way of giving back to the worldwide bass community. Presenters do receive a complimentary convention registration for the week, plus badges for their non-bass playing guests and family members at no charge.

We expect to receive a large number of proposals for the ISB 2021 Convention, and we will make every effort to accommodate as many presenters as possible. Typically, there are many more submissions than there are slots, so it is not always possible to accept every proposal in the first draft of the schedule. We do maintain a standby list to fill in when there are cancellations. You might also consider submitting a joint presentation with a fellow bassist. If you would like to research past presentation topics, go to the Online Resource Library, where you can click on and view searchable PDFs of convention programs going back to the 1980s.

If you are interested in appearing at the ISB 2021 Convention, please complete the online proposal form no later than Monday, June 1, 2020. We hope to have the convention schedule assembled by November 15th, and that we'll be seeing you next June at the Glenn Korff School of Music in the University of Nebraska - Lincoln!

Hans Sturm
ISB President-Elect
Chair, ISB 2021 Convention

Suggested Topics / Themes

  • Recitals, master classes, ensembles
  • Pedagogy, practice strategies, teaching the bass to non-bassist classroom string teachers
  • Technique, warm-ups
  • Mind-body, yoga, Alexander technique
  • Career development and advice, community engagement strategies, the business of music
  • Auditions, excerpts
  • Early music, musicology, research
  • World music and its connection to cultures
  • Improvisation, new music, meaning of music
  • Electronic applications, theater pieces
  • Alternate tunings

Getting Started

Use the Start a Proposal / Manage My Proposals link at the bottom to view any proposals you've already started or to start a new proposal.

If you'd like to start collecting what you'll need as you enter your proposal, here are some guidelines. You'll be able to enter your Collaborating Performers / Participants (if applicable), upload any required files, and edit your proposal right up until you submit it.

When entering your Collaborating Performers / Participants, you'll be able to enter their name, instrument, and bio.

Regarding those Related Files:

  1. Photo - all proposals are required to upload a photo that will be used on the website and in the convention program. Your photo can be a JPG, JPEG, or TIFF image, and it should be less than 10 MB. A photo is required before you can finalize and submit your proposal.
  2. Stage Setup - if you have a stage setup diagram, you may upload this in PDF, Word document, or PowerPoint format. It should be less than 10 MB.
  3. Audio Files - you may provide URLs to any sort of file sharing service including (but not limited to) Dropbox, Google Drive, YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Files should not require any special software to listen to. MP3 files or a streaming video are preferred.
  4. Recital Program - A recital program is required for Recital proposals before you can finalize and submit your proposal. It should be a Word document up to 10 MB. Upload your 50 minute recital program — a list of works you'll be performing including composer information, in order of performance. Note any premieres, dedications, and / or acknowledgements. You can download the Recital Program Template here so you'll have it ready when you get to that step. Please use this Word document to create your Recital Program.

In order for your proposal to be considered, you must FINISH AND SUBMIT the proposal. Proposals that have been started but not submitted using the FINISH AND SUBMIT link on the Proposals Management page will NOT be considered, so please do not forget this important step.

Start a Proposal / Manage My Proposals