Bill Ivey


Bill Ivey is a writer, teacher, nonprofit executive, and long-time public servant. He is Senior Research Fellow with Americans for the Arts, a Washington-based arts advocacy group, and Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. He is past-president of the American Folklore Society and today serves that organization as Senior Advisor for China. Ivey served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts in the Clinton-Gore administration, and was team leader for arts and culture in the Barack Obama presidential transition. In 2002 he became founding director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University, and since 2001 has been a trustee of the Center for American Progress, a Washington “think-tank.” Ivey is also a four-time Grammy nominee, and has produced and written television shows for the CBS and PBS networks. He is a lecturer and consultant whose clients include the Ford Foundation and other leading nonprofits. He is based in Nashville, Tennessee and Calumet, Michigan.

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