Bill Ivey is a folklorist, ethnomusicologist, and author whose focuses on links between culture, the arts, and public policy. He served as the first full-time director of the Country Music Foundation in Nashville, heading all its programs including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts during the Clinton administration. He has served two separate terms as National Chairman of the Recording Academy.
Ivey is a three-time GRAMMY nominee (Best Album Notes) and was co-writer on two GRAMMY Awards telecasts. He is a trustee of the Center for American Progress and was founding director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University.
He holds degrees in history, folklore studies, and ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan and Indiana University, and is the author of Arts, Inc., Handmaking America, and Rebuilding an Enlightened World: Folklorizing America.