Antonio C. Cuyler, Ph.D. (he/him/his) is Professor of Music in Entrepreneurship & Leadership, Faculty Associate in the Africana Studies Center, Faculty Associate in Voice & Opera in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD), and hired through the Provost’s Anti-Racism Hiring Initiative (AHI) at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Cuyler is the author of Access, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Cultural Organizations: Insights from the Careers of Executive Opera Managers of Color in the U. S., editor of Arts Management, Cultural Policy, & the African Diaspora, author or co-author of 25 peer reviewed articles that appear in the American Journal of Arts Management, Cultural Management: Science and Education, Cultural Trends, ENCACT Journal of Cultural Management & Policy, GIA Reader, Grant Professionals Association (GPA) Journal, International Journal of Arts Management, International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, Journal of Arts Management, Journal for Cultural Research, Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, and the Polish Journal of Management Studies, author or co-author of chapters in Music As Labour: Inequalities and Activism in the Past and Present, Business Issues in the Arts, Voices for Change in the Classical Music Profession: New Ideas for Tackling Inequalities and Exclusions, and the Oxford Handbook of Arts and Cultural Management, and co-author of Racial/Ethnic and Gender Diversity in the Orchestra Field in 2023. He has also presented his scholarship around the globe in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Czech. Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

In 2020, he founded Cuyler Consulting, LLC, a Black-owned arts consultancy that partners with cultural organizations to maximize their performance and community relevance through access, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI). His clients have included Arts Administrators of Color Network, Chorus America, Dance/USA, the Hewlett Foundation, and the League of American Orchestras, among others. He has served on the boards of the Tallahassee Youth Orchestras, Association of American Cultures, Florida Alliance for Arts Education, Florida Cultural Alliance, Arts Administrators of Color, and currently OPERAAmerica.

He previously held faculty positions at Florida State University (FSU) where he became the first Black man to earn promotion and tenure in arts administration in the U.S., Colorado State University (CSU), Purchase College, SUNY, American University, and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

Arts Management, Cultural Policy, & the African Diaspora: A Docustory, November 29, 2023
Truth Telling: The Kinship of Critical Race Theory and Hip-Hop
Q & A with Antonio C. Cuyler, Michigan Muse Summer 2023
Antonio C. Cuyler, Michigan Minds Summer 2023
#BlackLivesMatter In and Through the Arts, February 10, 2023
Re-Centering Black Voices in the Arts, February 18, 2022

Dr. Antonio Cuyler
Updated on: 12/18/2023