Off The Record- Bill Ivey
Leadership Music is very pleased to welcome Bill Ivey, an LM Founding Council member, for an Off the Record career retrospective Wednesday, March 6th at Sambuca in the Gulch at noon.
The cost of lunch is $20 for alums and $25 for guests.
Bill will be interviewed by journalist, fellow author, and LM alum Craig Havighurst.
is also celebrating the release of his
third book, Handmaking America: A Back-to-Basics Pathway to a Revitalized American Democracy, which will be available at the event.
is one of the foremost authorities on music and music history as well as one of the most respected visionaries and voices on popular culture in the world, and among the first Nashville music executives to gain recognition on the national stage.
As the first full-time director of the Country Music Hall of Fame, he was one of the architects of Nashville becoming Music City.
is the only individual elected chairman/president of NARAS
twice (1981-83; 1989-91), and is the only guitar player to appear on a track featuring both Willie Nelson and Hank Williams, Sr. (that's right, Hank, Senior!).
has promised to tell the whole truth as he
Bill Ivey, the first full-time director of the Country Music Foundation and Country Music Hall of Fame (1971-1997) is a musicologist, folklorist, writer, teacher, and experienced nonprofit executive.
He currently serves as director of the Vanderbilt University US-China Center for Education and Culture, and is a principal in Global Cultural Strategies, a policy consortium.
He was founding director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University and is senior consultant to the University's Office of International Relations.
He served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts in the Clinton-Gore administration, and in that capacity is credited with both increasing the agency's budget and restoring good relations between the NEA and Capitol Hill.
He is a trustee of the Center for American Progress, and was a Team Leader in the Barack Obama presidential transition.
is the author of two books on public policy, Arts, Inc.
: How Greed and Neglect have Destroyed Our Cultural Rights (California: 2008), and is co-editor (with Steven J. Tepper) of Engaging Art: The Next Great Transformation of America's Cultural Life (Rutledge: 2008).
Founding editor of the Journal of Country Music, Bill has been writer, producer or executive producer for several country music television programs.
He is a past national president of the Recording Academy and past national chairman of the NARAS board of trustees.
He is past president of the American Folklore Society, and today serves as China Liaison for that group.
Bill was the program facilitator for Leadership Music for a number of years and is still one of the most popular presenters for the program.