By Jon Konjoyan
Society of Singers (SOS) founder Ginny Mancini, once a performer with Mel Torme’s Mel-Tones and widow of renowned composer Henry Mancini (The Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffany’s), spoke at the group’s recent fundraising film screener 20 Feet from Stardom in Santa Monica. Stardom focuses on the plight of the unheralded background singer whose contribution to music is often enormous.
The film spotlights several talented musicians who never received recognition or fair compensation. “Unlike most performers, singers were without an association designated to support and protect them,” said Mancini. “That’s why we formed SOS.”
Determined to help her own songster friends who had fallen ill and lacked financial resources, Mancini dedicated SOS to improve and preserve their personal dignity and quality of life.
SOS provides a wide range of resources and opportunities in order to protect performers’ livelihoods and allow them to go on with their craft.
For the past 26 years, SOS has provided a safety net for these often forgotten artists, many of whom face chronic illness, disability, or unexpected emergencies. Performances at local venues and an annual fundraising event, the Ella Award, help support The Society’s efforts.
Generous donations from SOS philanthropic partners include the Elton John Charitable Foundation, the Herb Alpert Foundation, and the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation.
For more information or to make a donation, contact The Society at 26500 W. Agoura Rd, 102-554, Calabasas, CA 91302 or call Judy Varley, Executive Director, at (818) 995-7100 x 102 or email Ms. Varley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website at singers.org.