Society of Singers

Society of Singers

Society of Singers, known appropriately as "SOS" is the only nonprofit 501(c)3 charitable organization devoted exclusively to helping professional singers.


  • Foundation 1
  • Funding 2
  • Ella Award and other events 3
    • Recipients 3.1
  • External links 4


SOS was co-founded in 1984 by Ginny Mancini, widow of Academy award-winning composer Henry Mancini, and Gilda Maiken Anderson and Donna (Fowler) Manners of the vocal group "The Skylarks". Their mission was to help singers in need, as there is no union or guild that exclusively represents the rights of singers. It is the mission of SOS to benefit the health and welfare of professional singers by providing emergency assistance and other human services to those in acute financial need. Additionally, the SOS Vocal Arts Scholarship Program helps deserving students take their first step toward becoming professionals in the vocal arts. Tuition-based scholarships are granted to those obtaining their Masters degrees in Voice at nationwide universities.


SOS is primarily funded by individual and corporate donations. Both singers and non-singers alike are supporters of the SOS mission and continue to contribute, at various giving levels, to the SOS Annual Fund. SOS supporters have included Barbra Streisand, Florence Henderson, Pat Boone, Elton John, and Barry Manilow to name a few. As a 501 (c)3 organization it is supported by tax-deductible contribution which help SOS maintain its free and confidential programs. The official SOS website at is set up for information and donations/supporters

Ella Award and other events

SOS's premier fundraising event is called the ELLA and named for the its first recipient in 1989, Ella Fitzgerald. SOS holds other events throughout the year to help raise funds for the cause.


External links

  • Official webpage of the Society of Singers