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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

103 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 4

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 :-)

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Cynthia M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last year with the bad economy and going through a divorce, I found myself under great financial and emotional strain for the first time in years. A friend recommended SOS to me. I met with Wendy at their office, where I was treated with the utmost of kindness, respect, understanding and empathy. They helped me financially with money towards my rent and phone bill. They also helped point me towards other resources that could be of help to me at this stressful time. It was not easy to ask for help, I had never had to do this sort of thing before. They understand all of this. Wendy and Judy are amazing at their jobs and dedicated to making a difference in people's lives who are struggling. They were the first light that gave me hope and was the beginning of me coming out of a very dark time.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2003, I was struck with an undiagnosed illness that caused me to shrink to 80 pounds. As a very active musical theatre performer who was currently employed as a performer when this occured, I was at a loss as to where to go for help. Society of Singers saved me. I was able to take residency in an apartment building they owned and while I was struggling to survive, they were always there with financial help and spiritual fortitude. I have since regained my health and have been blessed with a solid career that has enabled me to start to repay some of what SOS provided to me during that daunting period. I will be forever grateful to Wendy Garfinkel and The Society of Singers for the work they do and I look forward to helping to support such a worthy organization in every way that I can.

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

During a time of great need Society of Singers stepped in and helped me get back on my feet again. The economic recession had hit, i had just moved here from New York City and my health was in a very poor state, jobs were hard to come by and I was at a loss as to where to turn. The actors fund directed me to the Society of Singer who treated me with great respect and at the end of the day not only helped me financially but managed lift my spirits and help give the strength to lift my spirits and get back on my feet again. All is well now and i give part of the credit to the Society Of Singers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Society of Singers is a fantastic organization. Their staff (and Wendy Garfinkle primarily) were responsive, timely and thorough. They helped me when I needed it most and I literally don't know what I would have done without them. Because of my medical conditions and the help they provided me in retaining my health insurance It's not unreasonable to say they may well have saved my life. I don't know how I would have gotten back on my feet without them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am Brenda Lee Eager, singer/songwriter/actress/ vocal coach. I am happy to write and tell you how SOS and Wendy have helped me in the past years. It has not been an easy road being in the music business these past 43 years and there were times that I needed help and had no place to go. I was led to S.O.S and they saved my butt! Twice! I pray that in the near future that I will be able to start contributing back to the fund because it is where I want to give back and help someone else who is pursuing their dreams.Peace and blessings to all , we truly are ONE!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was told by a friend about SOS. It was a bad year and I was going through a hard time. I had been working temp while working at my craft which is Singing. In show business you are always learning. So you are and should be a life long student. The spring of 2008 I was Amsterdam. working and seeking work. I returned to the states work was slow and the bills were piling up. My rent and utilities were behind. I contacted SOS. i spoke with Wendy. She was great. She was very kind. She did'nt make me feel like I should leave the business. She treated me with respect and dignity. SOS came through. Thanks again SOS for your care and help.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I'm sure that SOS was ordained by the Spirit of God Himself. The spirit of giving and helping was made very clear to me in my time of need. I was reluctant about deal with anyone for a hand out, but SOS made me feel that they were there to give me a hand up. I could tell every time I would talk to someone at SOS that they had a real and honest concern for me and what I was going throught. I'm a singer and I had, keyword "HAD" cancer on my lift true vocal cord. I could hear the care and concern in there voices through the phone. They reashured me not to worry about the bills just focus on my treatment. From time to time someone would call just to ashure and comfort me. When I lost my voice in the middle of my treatments, they would email me. They let me know that I was being thought of. SOS outshined some of the spiritual organizations that knew about my situation. Let just say that there prayers helped SOS to help me, because I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe that God put us togather. I'm just about 100% back up and running, and I would like you to help me with one thing. That is to help me to organize a fund raiser or a series of fund raisers to help The Society of Singers. I would like to have your permission and your guidlines to do this. There is no words that can express my greatfulness and appreciation for what SOS has done for me, my family, my career and my life!

God Bless you,
Ronnie

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Society of Singers 01/14/2011

Ronnie -- you are so thoughtful and so deserving of good health, happiness & fortune. Thank you for your wonderfully kind words and may you be blessed this year and from hereon in! Best to you, Wendy Garfinkel

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a medical condition that has gotten much worse over the past couple years and Wendy Garfinkel and Tami Cassell and Society of Singers were incredibly gracious and gave me a grant to receive medical treatment that I could no longer afford. They were so kind and supportive and they helped me very quickly too. Many nonprofits take a long time to offer assistance. I'm truly grateful and hope someday in the near future I can give back to Society of Singers. Michele Jusko - Singer/Songwriter

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Society of Singers has been a foundation that has helped many singers in their time of need. I have different colleagues that have used the Society of Singers and it's always been a great experience. I found myself in a situation where I needed to use them as well and they made it a painless process. I would highly recommend anyone in the entertainment industry to utilize the services of the Society of Singers

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Society of Singers 01/13/2011

Thank you for your review. We are so pleased to have been able to make a difference for you and your family last year. Our best wishes to all of you for a peaceful, happy & a healthy 2011! Wendy G

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was having severe financial problems trying to come back from some family tragedies. I applied for a grant at SOS, and they not only helped me with bills, they recommended other things i could apply for and do to get back on my feet. They helped me get ahead of my bills again. I don't think they know how much it helped, not only financially, but with peace of mind as well. Everyone there, especially Wendy, helped me get back on track.