GANYC Apple Awards FAQs

We have completed several years of the GANYC Apple Awards, but still we've realized that there are many questions that we receive from our members, friends, and fans about how the whole thing comes together. It was suggested after our last event that we put together a composite document to answer all of those questions. A sort of "Dummies" guide to the Awards, and so we have.

We've uploaded the pdf into the member documents, and present it to you here and now. Please note that this is a working, living, changing document and we're open to further suggestions and questions, etc. Please contact with any related issues.

GANYC Apple Awards

On March 2nd, 2015, the Guides Association of New York City began hosting its annual GANYC Apple Awards to honor the people, places and things that make our city the best one to show off to the many tourists who come through our gates each year. We rely on many to put this event together and wanted to lay out all the information for our members and fans in one document.

When are The Next GANYC Apple Awards?
The 8th Annual GANYC Apple Awards will be held on Monday, February 21st, 2022.

Where are They?
Though traditionally held at the SVA theater on 23rd Street, the 8th Annual GANYC Apple Awards will be an online event.

What are the Awards?
The awards celebrate those who make New York City great!
We give out awards in 11 categories and bestow a Guiding Spirit and Lifetime Achievement Award to individuals who’ve shown exceptional commitment to improving our city and our experience as tour guides.

What are The Awards Categories?

  1. Outstanding Achievement in Support of New York City Culture
  2. Outstanding Achievement in Support of New York City Tourism
  3. Outstanding Achievement in Support of New York City Preservation
  4. Outstanding New York City Website
  5. Outstanding Achievement in Radio Program/Podcasts (audio/spoken word)
  6. Outstanding Achievement in New York City Food (focusing on anniversaries and special accomplishments)
  7. Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction Book Writing (published October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021)
  8. Outstanding Achievement in Fiction Book Writing (published October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021)
  9. Outstanding Achievement in Essay/Article/Series Writing (published October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021)
  10. Outstanding Achievement in New York City Museum Exhibitions (October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021)
  11. Outstanding Achievement in New York City Photography (singular image, published October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021)

How do Nominations Work?
Suggestions for nominations were open online, beginning September 9, 2021. They are open to all GANYC Members, both full and Provisional. The form will not track the participants, so there is no limit to the number of times a single member can propose a nominee. This suggestion process will be open until October 31. After the survey is closed, the awards committee will meet to discuss the offerings and come up with the four nominees in each category.

How Will the Committee Choose Those Final Four?
The awards committee will take several factors into account when finalizing the list of nominees, including but not limited to: number of mentions, relevancy to the category, contribution to the category, previous wins/nominations, the likelihood of acceptance, relationship to GANYC, the benefit to the recipient, and more.

How are Winners Selected?
Voting takes place online, in December and January. As with nominations, voting is available to all members— full and provisional.

When do We Find Out Who Won?

The 8th Annual GANYC Apple Awards will be held on Monday, February 21st, 2022!

How Can I Support the Awards?
There are a few ways that you may support the GANYC Apple Awards:
Purchase tickets.
Sponsor the awards.

How Can I Buy Tickets?
Stay tuned for info!

How Much Are Tickets?
Traditionally, tickets to the live show cost $25 for GANYC members and $50 for the general public with various early bird deals and package invitations to the pre-ceremony cocktail party. This year, a ticket to the online event is just $5.

What are The Different Sponsorship Options?
We have two categories of sponsorships available:

  1. Member
  2. Corporate

What are Member Sponsorships?

These are available to GANYC Members only. There are several levels of discounted packages available for our members to be able to participate in the awards in a more supportive manner. There is inclusion in our onscreen, as well as other benefits to becoming a sponsor, including tickets to the screening. Please contact if you would like more information.

What are Corporate Sponsorships?
These levels of sponsorship are available to any company or non-GANYC member who would like to be a part of the awards and have their logo displayed in our onscreen materials. There are also other benefits to becoming a sponsor, including tickets to the screening. Please contact if you would like more information.

What are The Onscreen Materials?

We will be promoting the awards and our partners through various press releases, our website, and social media. During the awards show, we will also have posters, banners, and video advertisements onscreen at various times.

Are There Program Ads for Sale?
Traditionally, yes. This year, we will include our sponsors, as well as anyone who would like to purchase an ad directly in onscreen displays during the ceremony. This is a great opportunity to support the event for those who are unable to attend. Please contact for more information about ads.

OK, I’m Excited to Attend, What Should I wear?
The Dress Code is Black Tie Encouraged.
Even as you watch from home, you are encouraged to have fun getting dressed up, pouring a cocktail or two, and posting your own version of our red-carpet photos on social media. Be you—just fancy you!

How Long is The Show?
We usually have a runtime of about 2 hours.

Who Will be Hosting?
Stay tuned!

Who Will Be Presenting?
We strive to have a variety of prominent New Yorkers present the awards, which includes previous winners, friends of GANYC, and some GANYC members.

Will There be Press?
We hope so! If you know of any who would like to attend we would be delighted to give them a ticket!

Please contact with all press inquiries

How are Presenters Selected?
The Awards Committee is in charge of selecting the Presenters, Hosts, and Special Honorees.

Who is This Awards Committee?
The Chair of the Committee is Matthew Baker, the members of the committee include: Susan Birnbaum, Deborah Blau, Gary Dennis, Bob Gelber, and Jeremy Wilcox.

Can I Join?
Any member of GANYC may inquire about joining our committee by contacting This committee does require a lot of work, so please only inquire about joining if you believe you can spare the time.

What Happens After the Awards?
Traditionally, we drink and feast at an after-party venue. This year, we will celebrate at home.

Then, within a week or so we’ll have a debrief meeting. Then, after a couple of months off, we’ll begin the process all over again!