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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 arts.

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 of Music.

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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