Bill Ivey

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Not to be confused with Bill Ivy (disambiguation).

Bill Ivey is an American folklorist, and was the seventh chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.


He graduated from the University of Michigan. He was director of the Country Music Foundation.[1]

He was appointed chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, by President Bill Clinton and served from 1998 to 2001. He gained national notoriety in 1999 for unilaterally revoking a grant to Cinco Puntos Press to publish La Historia de los Colores, a children's book written by Subcomandante Marcos of the EZLN, over concerns that the funding might end up in the hands of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (Zapatistas). The grant was subsequently picked up and doubled by the Lannan Foundation.[2]

He was director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, at Vanderbilt University, from 2002 to 2012.[3]



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