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Nonprofit Overview

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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Stormie G.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Glitzy G.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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)

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3 agirlsinger

Donor

Rating: 5

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.