Bill Ivey was the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 1998 through 2001, was director of the Country Music Foundation from 1971 to 1998, and was twice elected Chairman of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He presently serves as founding director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University.
“Ivey is well equipped to lead a fresh discussion about the role of creativity in a healthy democracy.” - Utne
“A gift. . . . Timely and important.” - Journal Of Folklore Research
“Explore(s) and define(s) a co-ordinated vision for art, culture and expression in American life.” - Times Higher Ed Sup (Thes)
“Cogent consideration of the stakes for all involved. . . Interesting glimpses behind the scenes at the NEA. . . A comprehensive treatment.” - Pw: Nonfiction (2)
“Provocative.” - USA Today
“Reads like a manifest on cultural happiness and quality of life through access to the arts. . . . Recommended.” - Choice