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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 6th Annual GANYC Apple Awards will be held on Monday, March 2nd, 2020.

Where are They?
The 6th Annual GANYC Apple Awards will be held at the SVA theater,
333 W 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011

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, 2017– September 30, 2018)
  8. Outstanding Achievement in Fiction Book Writing (published October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018)
  9. Outstanding Achievement in Essay/Article/Series Writing (published October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018)
  10. Outstanding Achievement in New York City Museum Exhibitions (October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018)
  11. Outstanding Achievement in New York City Photography (singular image, published October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018)

How do Nominations Work?
Suggestions for nominations were open online, beginning October 1st, 2019. 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 for 30 days. 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 was available to all members—full and provisional.

When do We Find Out Who Won?
The 6th Annual GANYC Apple Awards will be held on Monday, March 2nd, 2020!

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

How Can I Buy Tickets?
Stay tuned for info here!

How Much Are Tickets?
There are a variety of ticket levels and prices:

Earlybird tickets, show only:

  • GANYC Members (Full and Provisional): $20.00
  • GANYC Industry Partners: $35.00
  • General Admission: $45.00

Earlybird VIP includes Food and Beverage Reception


  • GANYC Members: $45.00
  • GANYC Industry Partners: $60.00
  • General Admission: $70.00

Tickets purchased after early bird deadline

  • GANYC Members Show Only: $25.00
  • GANYC Members VIP: $50.00
  • GANYC Industry Partners Show Only: $40.00
  • GANYC Industry Partners VIP: $65.00
  • General Admission Show Only: $50.00
  • General Admission VIP: $75.00

What is This Food and Beverage Reception?
We will have sponsors providing food and beverage for a VIP reception to take place before the show begins. It will be open to nominees, presenters, and sponsors, as well as those who would like to upgrade their tickets to attend the reception.

Why Isn’t This Included in the Regular Ticket Price?
While the food and drinks are sponsored, we do have to pay for the license to serve alcohol, as well as the wait staff to be there. We also believe it will help add value to the event and limit the number of people who are occupying the small space we have for the reception.

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

  1. Food and Beverage
  2. Member
  3. Corporate

Who Can be a Food and Beverage Sponsor?
We welcome all food and beverage suppliers to reach out to if you’re interested in participating. This is a great way to reach out to membership if you’re interested in becoming an industry partner.

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 printed and electronic materials, as well as other benefits to becoming a sponsor, including tickets to the awards. 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 a variety of our printed and electronic materials. There are also other benefits to becoming a sponsor, including tickets to the awards. Please contact if you would like more information.

Who can Volunteer?
GANYC Members and their partners, friends, and family are invited to help us out with the awards. If you’re interested in volunteering on the day of the awards, please contact to be given an assignment, if we can use your help. While you are invited to enjoy the awards, we will need you to do your assigned task, arrive when requested and dress accordingly. The Committee and Board reserve the right to ask any volunteer to leave the event for any misconduct or inappropriate attire. Should you be asked to leave you may not be allowed to attend the events in the future.

What are The Printed and Electronic Materials?
We will be promoting the awards and our partners through various press releases, our website, and social media. At the awards show, we will also have posters, banners, electronic displays, and programs.

Are There Program Ads for Sale?
Yes, we will include our sponsors, as well as anyone who would like to purchase an ad directly. 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.

This is a formal affair, but what makes our event special is seeing all the styles that New Yorkers have to offer.
So, be you—just fancy you!

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

Who Will be Hosting?
The 6th Annual GANYC Apple Awards will be hosted by award-winning podcast hosts, The Bowery Boys!

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 her committee include: Adrienne Cooper, Bob Gelber, Susan Birnbaum, Robin Garr, Jeremy Wilcox, and Kevin Fitzpatrick.

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 do not inquire about joining if you don’t believe you can spare the time.

What Happens After the Awards?
First, we drink and feast at an after-party venue.

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!

Proud Members of:

GANYC is an association of independent tour guides. Each member is licensed by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. GANYC provides a listing of all member guides to the public. GANYC is not liable, or responsible, for contractual obligations made between clients and tour guides. GANYC stands for Guides Association Of New York City.
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