The ISB was founded by the world-renowned virtuoso Gary Karr in 1967. With some 3,000 members in over 40 countries, the ISB is an organization for those who teach, study, play, repair, build and enjoy the double bass. The ISB is a forum for communication among bassists throughout the world and across a wide variety of musical styles. Members receive our journal, Bass World, three times per year and are the first to receive email communications regarding upcoming events, bass news, and more. Every two years the ISB holds an international convention and double bass competition, a composition contest, and now, a makers competition. If you love the double bass, become a member of the International Society of Bassists today!
As an ISB member, you are helping to build a worldwide double bass community that connects people, music and ideas every day, in new and often unexpected ways. Member benefits include . . .
Registration for the convention along with on-campus housing and meal plans is now open. The ISB 2017 Convention will be held June 5-10, 2017 in beautiful Ithaca, New York, home of our host Ithaca College. Make your plans to join us now.
Support our 50th anniversary fund drive - if you love the double bass and want to ensure the future of the ISB, we need your support!
Members sell their CDs, composition, books, DVDs and other merchandise online at the ISB Store, including the Gary Karr Online Store and new ISB/Gary Karr Rental Library of full and string orchestra scores and parts.
Read the guidelines and enter the 2017 ISB Double Bass Competition, which takes place June 4th and 5th at Ithaca College, New York. Divisions for solo, jazz, orchestral, age 15-18 and age 14 and Under.
Members can be listed in our Teacher and Luthier directories. Looking for an instructor? Looking for a studio or shop that does repairs or sells instruments and accessories? Search for teachers or luthiers by name or location.
ISB members in good standing are eligible for a group rate on instrument insurance from Anderson Musical Instrument Insurance Solutions, LLC.
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.