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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Services, Human Services

Mission: To improve the quality of life and maintain the personal dignity, health and welfare of professional singers in 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

Programs: Human services/emergency grants: provides free and confidential services including counseling, case manangement and financial aid to those who have earned their primary living as singers for 5 years and more. Provides a safety net and support system. Financial aid is given to those singers who qualify based on recommendations from the director of programs & development with approval from the trustee committee. Grants are given only for emergencies such as homelessness, foreclosure, utilities and medical care.

emergency financial aid: singers who are effected by disasters are provided emergency aid distributed from restricted funds (donner) and other general funds.

Community Stories

82 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2009, SOS provided me with the opportunity to continue my education at the Master's level by granting me a generous scholarship. Without their support I would not have had the funds to begin my Master's in Opera Performance. SOS really cares about the people they work with and they show it just by sending a short e-mail to ask how things are going. I am truly grateful for SOS.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience has been nothing but positive. Wendy Garfinkel is a great person.She is very understanding and cares deeply for her clients and a true child of GOD.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SOS was able to help me at a most critical time in my life when certain reliable sources of work had shifted and I found myself with insufficient income for the next month's rent and living expenses. I am grateful for organizations such as SOS who strive to help those of us who have devoted our efforts to singing and the musical arts. Thank you for being there!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Society has helped me in the past when I needed them most. This is a wonderful organization if you need help and have nowhere to turn and all of your options are out the door...The staff is very helpful and especially I'd like to give a shout out to Wendy she is simply wonderful...

4 candyekane

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization was amazingly supportive when I was sick from pancreatic cancer with no health insurance. They helped me with money, support and organizing other places to contact for funds. I would never have been able to handle this without the wonderful advice and support of wendy garfinkel and society of singers. candye kane

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Society of Singers has been a great blessing to me on two separate occasions when I needed help the most. The staff was very nice to me, considering my situation and observing the utmost confidentiality as well as helping me to keep my self-respect during a very hard time. Hats off to SOS and all of its staff for the superb work you do for artists and singers. And thank you for being there for me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After Hurricane Katrina, I needed financial help to begin rebuilding my career in another city. The city was Chicago, it was bigger, scarier, and colder, for an unknown singer like myself. S.O.S. was able to assist me with some of my utilities when the work just wasn't there for me. It may not seem like a lot, but it was exactly what I needed to get by at that time. I still live in Chicago today. Thanks S.O.S.!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SOS is one of the most amazing organizations! Their support is genuine. I am a singer who has gone through some personal challenges mostly stemming from the remnants of a divorce. SOS has shown nothing but compassion towards me in addition to their unending support and guidance. Wendy you're the BEST!!!! I really do appreciate you and Society of Singers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a performer who left her hometown and moved to NY to follow her dreams . In the process got married and had a child. 7 years into my marriage it fell apart. I found myself alone, a single mom with no current income from a show in 6 months. Singers Society helped me in my time of need more than i could have asked for. Thanks SOS!!!!Please help SOS CONTINUING THIS AMAXINGLY HELPFUL ORGANIIZATION BY DONATING NOW.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for Society of Singer's help during this difficult time. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the same time my performing job ended as well as my health care coverage. Having known what great work SOS does and have recommended them for years to many people in need, I couldn't have known that I would need to call on them for help. I knew I was in good hands when the first thing Wendy asks on the phone is "How are you feeling?". SOS as seen it all - and knows how difficult times can get for singers going through a crisis! I can't thank them enough for their generous support and coordination of programs that provide emergency help for professional singers like me.