The International Society of Bassists was founded by the world-renowned virtuoso Gary Karr in 1967. With nearly 3,000 members in over 40 countries, the ISB publishes a triannual magazine, Bass World, with an eclectic mix of articles about soloists, jazz and orchestral players, early music, pedagogy, international personalities and orchestras and reviews of new print music and recordings. News about upcoming ISB events and competitions and basses for sale is published in our biannual newsletter, The Bass Line.

Our contact information

By email:

By standard mail:
International Society of Bassists
14070 Proton Rd Ste 100 LB 9
Dallas, TX 75244

By phone:
(972)233-9107 x204

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