SOCIETY OF SINGERS

Rating: 4.95 stars   103 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Human Services

Location: 26500 W. Agoura Rd. #102-554 Calabasas CA 91302 USA

Mission: SOS benefits the health and welfare of professional singers by providing a safety net of free and confidential services to those who find themselves in extreme crisis.
Results: SOS has helped well over 3,000 singers to the tune of $3 million.
Target demographics: Professional singers of all genres who have earned their primary income from singing for five years or more. Circumstances must be of an emergency nature.
Geographic areas served: Nationwide
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Rating: 4 stars  

I didn't know where to turn after being assaulted on a gig and losing a summer of income, my glasses, and accruing huge medical bills. SOS stepped in and gave me the assistance I needed and a much appreciated sympathetic ear.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a professional singer and songwriter for most of my adult life. I've been able to bring in money from my gigs and doing various part time jobs to cover my living expenses. For me, that has been a real problem because of the medical conditions I'm dealing with. As I've gotten older my physical health and disability has effected my ability to make a living. I can't do regular 9 to 5 jobs and I not able to do play my guitar or sit or stand for the 3-4 hours that are required for live performance gigs, which I used to do with out any problem. It has been a very stressful time in my life that I've had to lean on God and others to keep me going. I was recently referred to SOS from another non-profit that offers assistance to singers and musician in emergency or crisis. When I called and spoke to Wendy I could tell that she had a good heart and really cared about me and my situation and understand what I was going through, she also had a great sense of humor which I appreciate She was very professional and helped me through the application process and was quick to get back to me when I had a question. I got help to cover my past due rent and it really gave me hope to keep on going. I can't say enough good things about Wendy and SOS. They are a real blessing to the music community and singers when they need some one to help get through a difficult time in life. I hope one day to be able to help them financially and pay it forward so they can continue to help others music professionals in there time of need. Thank you for letting me share my thoughts and heart concerning SOS. Gods blessing to you all :) Terry Bell

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I was close to losing my home, Society of Singers stepped in and gave me an emergency grant that saved me from homelessness. They gave it to me very quickly- it probably only took a few days following my application for aid. It made all of the difference during one of the worst periods in my life. Wendy Garfink was incredibly kind and went far out of her way to see that I got emergency funding as quickly as possible. She continues to lead this organization with an open heart for the many professional singers who live without benefits, as do most musicians. Words can't express what it means to have someone help you save your home, but that's what SOS did for me. I will never forget their kindness and generosity to me during an extremely stressful period in my life.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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Rating: 5 stars  

SOS is an amazing organization who have offered financial assistance to thousands of singers who have found themselves in emergency situations. I was fortunate enough to be a recipient of a grant from them when I was in danger of losing my home. It saved me- and I know they've helped save many more like me.

Musicians are a terribly underserved part of our society. Most of them never get any form of health insurance, retirement fund, or any other kind of backup support should they find themselves in an emergency. SOS has stepped in and helped them when they had little or no support from any other source.

I was permanently disabled from regular employment in 2004. By the end of 2005, I had exhausted any emergency money I had on hand, and was facing homelessness. If not for the grant I received from SOS, I would have lost my home.

I can't say enough about SOS. In a matter of DAYS, I received a grant from them. Their empathy throughout the process was nothing less than amazing to me. They helped to give me hope and kept me going when I thought my life was in a permanent downard spiral.

They have my undying thanks for their help. Wendy Garfink is an angel to me, and if there is anything I can do to repay them in kind for what they did for me, I'm very happy to give it.

I hope that this letter of endorsement helps them in getting further support so that they can continue their incredibly valuable support of singers. Words cannot express my gratitude to them.

Gratefully-

Beth Reynolds

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Assisting me with emergency grant funds

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them thousands of volunteers in aiding them to raise funding!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was first introduced to SOS by Ella Fitzgerald, who was Godmother to my son. I have been a donor/member of SOS for at least 20 years now. I have personally experienced the amazing dedication of Judy Varley, Director of Operations, and Wendy Garfinkel, Director of Human Services, remain true to the mission of SOS, helping singers in need. I have witnessed the sincere gratitude of many singers who have been helped by SOS. I believe in SOS, as Ella did, which is why I remain a member and will continue donate as much as possible to this important and much needed organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would love to see more donations and donors to become members of SOS

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Rating: 5 stars  

SOS is a truly great organization that has helped 1000's of singers and musicians over the years. I am aware of over 50 personal friends in need that have been assisted over a rough patch by SOS who remain eternally grateful for help, many of which have gone on for an extended career.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization from singers who have contacted me with many thanks for referring them to SOS.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to maintain and grow the organization in this difficult ecoomic period. Wendy and Judy are to be commended for their hard and outstanding work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Society of Singers is extremely dedicated to its clients and continues to work through many hardships to provide for those who most need assistance.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My interactions with clients, who are so grateful for the personal assistance they get - not just financially, but the mental and emotional support they receive as well.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it millions of dollars!

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I am a social work intern at SOS and have come to believe in the mission of this great organization. SOS helps an under-served population in some of their greatest times of need and is so valuable. I only wish more people knew about SOS and that more successful musicians supported it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the impact on clients who feel supported, heard and helped by SOS.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase funding.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with clients.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help so many singers and improve their quality of life. The impact would be immense.

Ways to make it better...

the organization was supported by more donors.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the drop in donations (partly due to the economy) and that SOS is not as well-known as it could/should be.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope everyone who knows about SOS makes sure that everyone they know and those they meet also know about SOS.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am forever grateful to the Society of Singers. They were instrumental in helping me return to New Orleans after the storm. While rents were skyrocketing, they generously paid my initial deposit. With their help, I am now back home in the city that first inspired me to sing! Thank you SOS!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

receiving much needed help in relocating to my home in New Orleans

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

a great organization

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OUr best to you Lynn! We are so glad you are home and wish you nothing but the best for now and always! -- Wendy

Rating: 5 stars  

I've been an active member and donor to the Society of Singers (SOS) Organization for over a decade. Introduced to SOS through my work at Warner Chappell Music, I found this valuable organization not only helps with networking, but more importantly, continues to support the fine arts, artists, singer-songwriters and other music-based professionals by providing valuable assistance and referral services. SOS is caring, professional and compassionate -- I've never seen such wonderful support! During this economic climate, it is especially important to continue our support of the arts. Music is vital to our lives, and I believe SOS is at the heart of that support. I encourage everyone to learn more about SOS and their supportive services ... then become a donor and member. You'll be a part of a great experience and a valuable supporter of the beautiful world of music! JEASongs (J Anderson, singer-songwriter)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Providing support services to many musicians who needed medical and other assisted services during difficult times.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the marketing of this organization to many art-based departments in various universities, community colleges and other school-based music programs across the nation. I would also make my organization known to as many music retailers as possible, such as: Guitar Center, Sweetwater, and many other musical instrument companies.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

SOS needed funding to continue it's services and keep it's doors open.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

To ensure that SOS continues on and on. We need this organization in the musical arts!

What would you tell others about this organization?

SOS is a valuable organization. Not only as a supporter of arts and artists, but in networking, showcasing, etc. SOS will help ensure that music of all kinds and the artists, professionals and writers will be able to continue in their craft.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I fell on hard times and as a musician in Los Angeles, that's not a long fall. Society of Singers came to my aid and literally saved my life.

Many, many thanks and Blessings upon them!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

coming to my aid.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more money to help more people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a professional singer for 30 years and currently live in New Orleans. I've been having a very hard time lately as my home has been foreclosed and I am under a great deal of stress, trying to find a place to live and trying to reach out for help.
Society of Singers has been a life line for me. I am grateful to them. They listened, that gave me valuable information and the emotional support I so needed.
Most people are unaware of the dedication and love of music that singers must have to continue their art. We wouldn't be doing this if we didn't love to sing! It brings people joy and we are often not thought of as musicians.
After spending much of her time with me on the phone, Wendy gave me contact information in New Orleans and went out of her way to get me in touch with a local New Orleans singer, who is also a client of hers.
I know now that in good times and tough times, I have support and a compasionate organization that really cares. I want to continue to bring my voice and my knowledge to the public, students of music and to the elderly.
Thank you so much, Society of Singers.
Maria Kramer, aka: Lady K
New Orleans

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes! They have put me in touch with local organizations and others singers in the area.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Move to California and lend a hand! I would become a mega-star and give them millions of dollars!

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