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.

Award recipients announced to the public.

Entries are in and applications are closed. The top ten award recipients will be notified by September 1.

Lead Sponsor René Plessner gives a speech at the Danny Awards

Our sponsorsLead Sponsor

We’re endlessly grateful to our long-time friend and supporter René Plessner, who has shown his unwavering commitment to our mission through his generous sponsorship since the show's inception.

Presenting and Supporting Sponsors

Thank you so much to every sponsor who helps us bring the Danny Awards to life. We couldn’t do this without you.

  • The Far Fund logo
  • Ponce Bank logo
  • The Orchard logo
  • LMCC logo

Become a Presenting or Supporting Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor Benefits $10,000 and up

Supporting Sponsor Benefits $5,000 and up

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

Donations of all sizes make a big difference.

Meet the judges

Alex Alexander

Drummer, Percussionist, Producer, Composer

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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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Bob Kinkel

Co-Creator & Producer of Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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Jason Kupperman

Talent Agent

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James Ian

Just Call Me By My Name Recording Artist & 2022 Danny Award Winner

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Cindy da Silva

Artist Manager

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Consuelo Vanderbilt

CEO & Co-Founder of SohoMuse

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Enjoy highlights from previous shows

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

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