at the Institute
of Contemporary Art
118 South 36th Street
National Endowment for the Arts
Institute of Contemporary Art
Bill Ivey was nominated
by President William Clinton as the seventh Chairman of the National Endowment
for the Arts and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate in May,
1998. Ivey is an experienced leader who understands both the arts and business
and has forged strong and productive relationships between the nonprofit
and commercial arts during his 25-year professional career in the private
and public sectors. A folklorist and musician, he is a staunch protector
of America's living cultural heritage and a forceful voice on arts policy.
Through more than two decades as an Endowment panelist and consultant, Ivey
has gained a strong working knowledge of the NEA's mission, programs, and
policies. Since becoming Chairman, Ivey has led the Endowment into the future
by spearheading the development of a new strategic plan for the years 1999
to 2004 and articulating the national need for government support of the
From 1971 to 1998, he was Director of the Country Music Foundation in Nashville,
Tennessee, an accredited nonprofit education and research center. He is
the first Endowment Chairman who has developed and run a nonprofit cultural
organization. In 1994, Ivey was appointed to the President's Committee on
the Arts and Humanities, where he was a major contributor to "Creative America,"
an analysis of American cultural life. Ivey also served two terms as Chairman
of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. A teacher and writer,
Ivey was a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Studies in American
Music of Brooklyn College and taught at Vanderbilt University's Blair School
Ivey was born in Detroit in 1944 and grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
He was educated at the University of Michigan and at Indiana University
and holds degrees in history, folklore, and ethnomusicology.
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