Danny Award recipient Erin Rosenfeld performs a song in American Sign Language
Danny Award recipient Cornel Hrisca-Munn plays the drums on stage
Brandon Mendenhall, guitarist and songwriter for the the Danny Award-receiving group The Mendenhall Experiment, rocks out on a guitar on stage
Danny Award recipient Devin Gutierrez plays the piano on stage

The Danny AwardsHonoring musicians with disabilities

Danny Award recipient James Ian sings on stage with his original music video playing in the background

About the showA stage for world-class artists

Every year we select 10 exceptional musicians from around the globe to perform at the Danny Awards, showcasing the skill, passion, and creativity that thrives in our community. Special thanks to our Lead Sponsor René Plessner for his invaluable support.

12:00 Midnight ET, August 6th!




Enter by midnight ET on Tuesday, August 6th for a chance to perform live in NYC on October 19, 2024 at the 5th Annual Danny Awards.

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Meet the judges

Alex Alexander

Drummer, Percussionist, Producer, Composer

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John Bayliss

Composer, Pianist

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Alyson Cambridge

Singer, Model, Producer, Actor

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Nick Cucci

Senior Executive Director, Recording Academy New York Chapter

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Dina Fanai

Artist, Songwriter, Producer

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Richard Gottehrer

Songwriter, Producer, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer of The Orchard, Owner of Instant Records

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Robbie Harte

International Country Music Artist

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Bob Kinkel

Co-Creator & Producer of Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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Jason Kupperman

Talent Agent

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Lead Sponsor René Plessner gives a speech at the Danny Awards

Our sponsorsLead Sponsor

Much gratitude to our long-time friend and Lead Sponsor of The Danny Awards since inception, René Plessner. Thank you for your commitment to both Daniel’s Music and The Danny Awards. Your kindness, thoughtfulness and unwavering support is truly appreciated. Your generosity has helped create the opportunity to celebrate the musical talents of individuals with disabilities. We are honored to call you our friend. Thank you to all of our sponsors for your generosity and support in cultivating a mutual understanding, appreciation and respect for individuals of all abilities through music.

Meet All Our Sponsors

Become a Danny Awards Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor Benefits: $25,000

Supporting Sponsor Benefits: $10,000

Contributing Sponsor Benefits: $5,000

If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact our Marketing & Disability Awareness Director, Carla Sullivan, at carla@danielsmusic.org.

Enjoy highlights from previous shows

Discover new musicians or relive your favorite performances with our library of past Danny Awards.

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