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: 5 stars  

I have been a client, a donor, a client and... This is an extraordinary organization doing such important work. It boggles the mind with their limited staff and limited resources. I will be forever grateful and an infinite supporter. Stormie M.G.

Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Phenominal organisation that actually meets with its mission daily.

I found myself extremely troubled - mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Society of Singers came through not once, but twice.

Incredibly compassionate staff, especially Wendy Garfinkel.

It is rare that a non-profit inspires others to return and serve, yet SOS has compounded my destiny as a singer, musician and member of the human species.

Thank You, SOS -
Stormie M. Graham

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

addiction recovery and rental asistance (unclear on this question?)

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

Assist in finding endowments (perhaps, one day I will be able).

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Rating: 5 stars  

I donate and support the vital role SOCIETY of SINGERS (SOS) organization provides to not just the vocal/music industry, but as mentors to new upcoming artists, as supporters to the community and the Arts, and as supporters of continuing musical education to the community. Although headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, SOS provides supportive services nationwide. I have been to many SOS events, and I have witnessed the positive role this incredible organization gives to so many. I urge everyone to re-discover music and singing, how important the Arts are in their communities and to support the SOS organization. SOS is making a big impact on all our communities in the USA!

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

I have had mentors from this organization assist me over the years. SOS "pays forward" quite a bit, especially through it's members.

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

Hire more assistance, if through volunteers or whatever means. I've seen the personnel work the events, and they are stretched thin. SOS has several notable members and the events must go without glitches!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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

SOS needs donations to pay staff, "pay forward" in support of other members/artists/musicians, and to offer their services nationwide. Since the recession, donations have been down, so to have additional help (as little as I have at the moment), makes a difference.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I care about The Arts and the current status of the creative arts in our nation. We need to mentor young persons which will keep them in school, make them better people in society, and help them to succeed in all areas of life. We NEED to bring music back into the schools across this nation!

What would you tell others about this organization?

This organization makes a difference to the young, the established, the retired. Music is a universal language that everyone understands. Continuing support to SOS allows music to continue, to grow and to flourish.

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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  

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  

Society of Singers is an organization that helps thousands of professional singers get through downturns in their careers. I have been not only a donor, but a volunteer and a client served as well. SOS helped me through a very short but rough period, literally covering my house payment and utilities. SOS also creates a greater sense of community amongst singers by connecting younger singers with more established, experienced singers, who may not otherwise be as accessible. As a volunteer, I have prepped for fundraisers and special benefit concerts. And as a singer volunteer I participated in performances at several gala fundraisers. I am happy to have been able to give to SOS as well as to benefit from their gifts. I am proud of my affiliation with SOS as a served client, a volunteer and a donor/member through the years. Society of Singers is a winning non-profit group.

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

...in being on the receiving end of their work. They take care of singers who are in need.

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

...expand the staff.

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

When I originally became a member of Society of Singers as a supporter, it never occurred to me that one day I would need to turn to them for help. I was a healthy, fulltime performer. Then, several years later, in 1994, I found out that I needed immediate open-heart surgery for aortic valve replacement. I was 39 years old, and it turned my world upside down…physically, psychologically and financially. Besides medical bills, I had to miss two months of work, unpaid, and then be restricted to part-time work for another two months. But, Society of Singers came to my aid with both financial assistance and emotional support. And, they referred me to other organizations for additional financial assistance. In November, 2009, it happened again. I was unexpectedly put in the hospital for aortic root and aortic valve replacement, as well as receiving a pacemaker. This time, my insurance policy denied over $50,000 in doctor and surgeon bills, leaving me to foot those costs. And, again, my world was turned upside down…with 30 days in the hospital and another six weeks of recovery time. As a performer working fulltime with a cruise line, I had to cancel an extended contract…unpaid…losing almost $20,000 in income. However, as before, Society of Singers came to my aid, especially from its Director of Human Services, Wendy Garfinkel. And, as before, SOS not only helped me financially, but also with referrals to other financial aid organizations. In addition, they have stayed in contact with me over the last three months to monitor my situation, both medically and financially. The support that Society of Singers gives is unmatched. Besides helping singers in need, they also support programs for young singers and other outreach programs. And, here is a final thought. Singers, unlike musicians and actors, have no performing union and no organization to turn to in a time of need. Society of Singers provides that and, most importantly...a home.

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

financial aid, emotional support and referrals.

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

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

the unified family feeling they offer.

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

caring, giving and totally dedicated to their cause.

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

help preserve the lives and diginity of the legends of song, as well as the legions of struggling singers who live paycheck to paycheck.

Ways to make it better...

Society of Singers had more funds to donate.

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

raising and maintaining the funds for their support to singers in need, their programs for nuturing young talent and their outreach programs.

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

even with their limited resources, Society of Signers performs miracles.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I am a professional singer and I originally became aware of Society of Singers from a pianist I worked with. It's difficult to put into words how much I appreciate the help that SOS ended up giving to me. When I was in my early 20's, I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease called "Sjogren's Syndrome". There are varying degrees of this disease, but the common factors are, dry eyes and dry mouth. When I came to SOS for help, I was in my late 30's and the lack of moisture in my mouth had caused my teeth to deteriorate so badly, that my dentist said I was about 6 months away from dentures. All of my teeth had already been filled, and my gums were receding badly, as well as my teeth were literally cracking. Not only was this horrifying to consider as a single woman, but especially as a singer! My dentist said that my teeth could be saved by crowning all of them, but that would be the only way. The cost was going to be several thousands of dollars, and I had no savings - I was living gig to gig - hand to mouth. There was no way I could ever pay for this procedure. When I went to SOS, I was nervous and thought that there was no way I was going to get a grant, but everyone there was very kind and I consider it a small miracle, and an answer to prayer, that I was given a grant to save my teeth. I wish I was able to pay back, in full, what I owe financially to SOS - I don't know if I'll ever be able to do that. My hope is that this letter will end up helping SOS in order to help others in times of need.

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

I am not exaggerating when I say that without the help I received from SOS, I would not have teeth. It is impossible for me to express my gratitude to the donors and to SOS for their generosity toward me.

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

hope they would be able to attract younger people to be donors and get younger people to understand the need to help others.

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

Wendy Garfinkel. She is a kind and giving person who is gifted to help others.

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

Great - very helpful. Especially Wendy.

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

HELP SO MANY PEOPLE!!!!

Ways to make it better...

I could tell every singer in America about SOS....but they just don't seem to get it. There is no union specifically for singers - if every singer were a member of SOS, we could all be helping each other!

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

reaching a younger demographic.

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

it's a shame that SOS isn't more widely known. If every singer in America were members, we would be able to help each other in times of need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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