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 . . .
Take a look back at the ISB's 50th anniversary convention at Ithaca College, featuring the Build a Bass in a Week project.
Save the Date! — The 2019 ISB Convention will be June 3-8, 2019. Location TBA.
The goal of the ISB / David Walter Composition Competition is to encourage the creation of new repertoire and/or the discovery of unknown repertoire for the double bass. Entries for the 2018 competition are due June 1, 2018.
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.
The ISB is calling for previously unpublished papers reflecting a high quality of scholarship in a wide variety of disciplines relevant to the double bass. Entries for the 2018 Research Competition are due September 1, 2018.
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.