Michael Royce is the Executive Director of the New York Foundation for the Arts, a U.S. based national nonprofit serving artists, cultural workers and arts organizations. Since the pandemic began, Royce has overseen the fundraising and distribution of $21 million in Covid aid for artists. Royce has launched many new services since taking over the organization, including a national immigrants artists program, tri-state incubators for executive arts leaders of color, statewide workshops for leaders supporting underserved communities, national grants to address climate change, local grants to artists with disabilities, and national grants to Latinx artists.
In 2023 Royce was named one of Crain’s 50 Nonprofit Board leaders in NYC.
Previously, Royce had been appointed by Governor Pataki as the Deputy Director of the New York State Council on the Arts, followed by an appointment as the President of Moynihan Station Development Corporation. Royce also served as an on-site evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts for fifteen years.