SOCIETY OF SINGERS

Rating: 4.95 stars   104 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: 5 stars  

As one of the founders of SOS, I am extremely pleased to see its wonderful success acknowledged. When Gilda Maiken, Donna Manners, Randy Van Horn and I put the organization together and asked Ginny Mancini to be our the first president, we were filled with expectations of being able to benefit all singers. I had the great pleasure ,while serving as President of the Hollywood Media Association, to present the first donation of a measly $250 from that organization to Tony Martin as the prepresentative of the Society of Singers. That was the original seed money that helped defray the start up funds needed.

I am very proud of my association with SOS and can only give my best wishes for its continued success.

Anthony (Tony) Adams

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I served as the first Secretary and later a VP and helped in fund raising. It ws such a pleasure to see the first assistance go out to Ella Mae Morris who was so very deserving of our help.

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

I can't think of any changes as I am no longer a member of the board of directors.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Through web searching I found the Society of Singers when found out that I would need $20,000 to get my front teeth replaced with implants. Even though they had no funds available at this time they spent a lot of time helping me organize my presentation and finding other music and arts organizations to apply to for help. They were unfailingly kind and encouraging during a very difficult time. I was so glad to have found them when I was feeling alone and not quite knowing how or where to get any help at all. With their help I have managed to find other organizations that are helping me start a small dental fund for the work I so desperately need. I was so surprised to know that there was anyone out there at all and am so grateful for all their efforts

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

With SOS help I found some of the funding I need for emergency dental work.

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

Have money available for emergency funds.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Society of Singers is a wonderful organization! I received my Bachelor's in Music with a concentration in voice in 2002. I had intended on continuing on to graduate study, but my sister was diagnosed with colon cancer at that time. In 2006 I decided to return to school. Society of Singers gave me the confidence I needed to take that step! They also encouraged me by offering me a Vocal Arts Scholarship! With the rising cost of education today, this scholarship was badly needed and greatly appreciated! Musicians perform because we have a love and a passion for our art-form. Society of Singers made it possible for me to return to school as pursue my love of singing.

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

I was able to finish my Master's degree in Music with the help of two Vocal Arts Scholarships from SOS! Today I share my love of music to my voice students at SC State University and Batesburg Music and Dance Academy as well as with my congregation at church, where I am the music director. I continue to perform and have sing with several companies such as Augusta Opera, Opera Carolina, Opera NJ, and Natchez Festival of Music!

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

None! I only wish more people could donate to help keep the arts alive!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had moved back to Los Angeles to be with my new grandchildren, and hoped that I would make some old connections and continue on my path as a singer. It was beyond challenging as the business has changed so much .. I was met with so many obstacles, but I knew I had to continue.. After dealing with the inablility to pay my bills, I felt hopeless. A very close friend and ally in the jazz world told me to call SOS and tell them my story.. Without going into the details of my story, I will say that not only did they help me financially, but they gave me information on how to proceed and my life's situation a lot more tolerable.. I am not only a client. I've also volunteered. Because I realize that these are the things that are needed in order for this amazing support to continue. I feel that the Society of Singers is one of the most amazing not for profit organizations we have.. We must support and help in whatever ways we can!!! I plan to.

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

2009, 2010. Los Angeles.

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

I can't think of any.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SOS is a GODSEND to performers like myself,who cannot manufacture required skills necessary to survive in today's increasingly competive job market. Not only did SOS help me with my rent and utilities when I REALLY needed it, but did so with COMPASSION,CONSIDERATION,KINDNESS and EXPEDIENCY,qualities seldom displayed in many comparable organizations.Clearly,SOS funding needs to be prioritized in the entertainment industry.God Bless you! Hal Beasley,Opera Singer in NYC

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

my professional/private growth after my "low" period,I was able to move forward and not take it personally.

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

allow SOS and comparable organizations like them to have MORE funding to reach more performers in need.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SOS are my Guardian Angels all I can say is being on the other side of the world from my family and being stuck in a time of need they were there for me. They were quick and met my needs asap. I love u guys :-)

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

being aided

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

expand them!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

African American, Classical Concert Soprano, born into humble beginnings a Housing Project of Philadelphia, my father left when i was
born . I was treated like Cinderella, i was the Cook, and Maid, starting around five years old learning how to cook. Physical Abuse, with Learning
Problems,. So i was not excepted by The School For Performing Arts, of Philadelphia, i never opened my mouth again until the age of thirty 30,.
That meant i needed Sponsorship, since Scholarships, were out of the question for most people my age . Things were going great with my music, after turning 36, i almost lost my life, and found out that i have Lupus, loosing hair from aleplesia, struggling to get back on my feet learning to walk again . SOS, was there for me when i moved to The New York area, in North Jersey.
SOS, and Musicares, paid my new landlord three months rent, and Dental Care, to my Dentist . If any Foundations, deserves " PRAISE "
SOS, and Musicares, really does! I have recently written both Lyrics, and Melodies, for a song of Thanks! to SOS, still trying to get it recorded, with the beautiful music that it's do, i will be sending some proceeds to "SOCIETY OF SINGERS" Thank You! Wendy Garfinkel .
www.Lisamariesoprano.com
Lms@classicalconcertworldsinger.com

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

Yes! as meantioned above .

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

No, i wouldn't change a thing! I would donate money to assist other struggling Artists, so they can focuss on their music.

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

How did you find this group?

Online .

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To keep on towards my dreams, and " Stardom " will follow also to give back and helping others . God gives us the talent, it's up to us to create our own destiny, and walk through the door . SOS, and Musicares, " THEY DID NOT HAVE TO HELP ME BUT THEY DID " Thank you!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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Rating: 5 stars  

though a long time and respected member of my profession, in our dreadful economy last year when everything crashed at once and government money due was tied up in someone's mistake (which took 4 months to unravel) Society of Singers came to my rescue, in concert with my union and saved me from ruin, and did so with grace and respect and so much kindness, I will never be able to thank them enough. And I now, whenever i can, try to pa them back by attending their fund raisers. They are worth so much more than words can ever say. Please support them, they save souls from ruin and help them to help themselves and get back in the game.

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

their kind rescue of me during difficult times.

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

none that I can think of.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a donor to SOS for years and very recently I needed their help and was amazed at how quickly, kindly and effortlessly they made the whole process. This organization is all about helping singers , sipported mostly by other singers. I am proud to be a part of this circle of love and support ! Cynthia Manley

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SOS kept the lights on when I thought I was headed into darkness. :):)

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

Bring them more supporters !

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Rating: 5 stars  

They understood my time of need, and provided financial support to pay my rent during a harsh period of unemployment. They were extremely courteous and efficient. They were great to deal with and guided me through every step of the way for their application process. I am highly grateful to them.

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

California

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

make none

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