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National Forum on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities

William J. Ivey

William J. Ivey, nominated by President William Clinton and recently unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate, is the seventh Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 1994, Ivey has served as an appointee to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and was a major contributor to the Committee’s report to President Clinton, "Creative America," an analysis of American cultural life. From 1971 to 1998, Ivey was Director of the Country Music Foundation in Nashville, Tennessee. It operates the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, manages historic properties, and publishes a respected journal. The Foundation has earned several Endowment grants for its excellent programs and recently broke ground for a new $35 million museum and library complex, a project Ivey guided from its inception. Ivey’s extensive involvement with the Arts Endowment dates from 1975. He has chaired or served on 15 different Endowment grant panels including those for jazz fellowships, folk and traditional arts, and the former Challenge and Advancement programs. A folklorist, musician, teacher, and writer, Mr. Ivey is a national trustee of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and served two separate terms as Academy chairman. Educated at the University of Michigan and Indiana University, he holds degrees in history, folklore, and ethnomusicology.

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