Being an ISB member is a winning proposition

It’s time to leap into the New Year with the ISB’s eighth annual Membership Drive! Anyone who is a current member on February 29, 2016 will be entered into a drawing to win one of three great prizes:

  • A $250 credit provided by Anderson Musical Instrument Insurance, the preferred instrument insurance partner of the ISB, for a new or renewing instrument insurance policy (good through January 31, 2017).
  • A handy dandy Bass Buggie, donated by KC Strings, it’s the safe, fast and easy way to transport your double bass.
  • A Marvin Cable Tailpiece, donated by Kevin Marvin, the new tailpiece design for greater sound and sustain.

Membership is the life blood of any organization. If you’re a current member of the ISB, thank you! We are grateful to you for your continuing support – and we need your help! We challenge you to sign up a fellow bassist during our drive. Ask a friend, colleague or student to join online or download a membership application and mail it in. But they don’t have to take our word for it, read what our 2016 Membership Drive Honorary Co-Chairs Peter Lloyd, professor of double bass at The Colburn School, and Phil Palombi, Grammy award-winning jazz bassist, have to say:

“I could write a book about how much the ISB has impacted my musical life and human spirit as a performing artist, educator and ongoing student of our beautiful instrument and the music that is written for us. From the moment I was first introduced to the ISB and its multiple layers of musical and personal interaction I knew I had found a home that would feed my soul and nurture my growth. I have lived a far richer life because of what the ISB embodies: the music, artistry, diversity of expression and sharing of global ideas, the layers of beauty, and the warmth and authenticity of how the ISB lives in the world. I have been deeply changed by so many wonderful artists from around the world coming together. I invite all of you to join our family and share what we so affectionately call ‘Bass Love.’ Contact me at or through Facebook and let me share with you what is waiting for you at the ISB.”

Peter Lloyd

“The International Society of Bassists is an organization that exists solely for the purpose of supporting and promoting bassists! The magazine is a great read and being able to advertise to a pool of people who actually want to read the bass announcements is invaluable, but the real resource is the people you meet. I have formed connections with so many great players because of my ISB membership. We should have a secret handshake, I’m just throwing that out there! We all know how important having a social network can be in the music business, and as a bass player you can’t do any better than the ISB. Join the ISB and go to just one convention and you’ll see what I’m talking about. You’ll never want to miss another one.”

Phil Palombi

These guys love their ISB family.  Who else feels the bass love?  We’ve got a whole page of testimonials! Read what they have to say.

If you’ve made it this far down the page, you may be wondering about other benefits that ISB offers its members.  This page has all the answers.