Recording Industry Veteran Helps Singers
Jerry F. Sharell understands the plight of the struggling singer.
“Let’s just say I know what it’s like to make $11 a night singing at a wedding,” he said.
Sharell is the new president and chief executive of Society of Singers, a Los Angeles non-profit that provides scholarships and other types of financial assistance to aspiring singers. Funded in part by memberships, donations and ticket sales, the society also helps singers who have had illness or financial difficulties.
Society members include Pat Boone, Gloria Estefan, K.D. Lang and Barry Manilow. “I made some records and the experience provided me a grand understanding in what it takes for singers to stay alive and make it in this industry,” Sharell said.
Sharell, who began singing jazz professionally at age 14, was director of media relations for both Warner/Chappell Music and WEA Inc., and has held management positions at Westwood One and Asylum Records which merged with Elektra.
“I thought it was a good time to come in with some of my new ideas and projects,” he said. “A great number of these singers have nowhere to go and no one to support them,” Sharell added. “There is no union for singers.”
Anyone who has sung professionally as the primary source of their income over at least five years is eligible for subsidies covering food, housing, utilities and health care. “We are the first ever to do this kind of thing for singers,” Sharell said.
SOS, which was formed in 1984, also owns a 28-unit apartment building complex in Sherman Oaks where the organization offers subsidized housing for singers who may be living on fixed incomes due to age or disability.
“The biggest challenge we face as a non-profit is to have more people know about this organization,” he said. “We’re 18 years old and we have a good base in the music and entertainment world, but there are corporations out there that should know about us.”
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