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.
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.
I joined the Society Of Singers Board because I believe in the mission of the organization to help singers in need. Through financial assistance, scholarships and counseling, I believe that SOS enables life-long music fans like myself to give something back to singers who have or will touch so many people.