Sing for America (SFA) is a not-for-profit organization focused on supporting the performing arts in our communities. We believe that music enriches the lives of all people. The musical arts – whether high school glee clubs, orchestra camps, community choruses, orchestras and theaters, music programs in the schools – all are a vital part of our communities. Our strategy is to use the arts to fund the arts. SFA raises money through member–supported, volunteer–performed benefit concerts. In exchange for world–class choral training and fundraising support, SFA chorus members raise money through online platforms and benefit concert ticket sales to support the arts and other charitable organizations throughout our communities. Unlike other organizations, SFA allows members to influence where their contributions go – half of the money raised by each member goes directly to the organization of their own choosing.
In other words: SFA helps people raise charitable funds through singing.
Singing in a chorus is an avocation enjoyed by 30 million adult Americans. It is a major educational tool for children in mathematics, leadership, teamwork, compromise, articulation. Funding for this art form, that brings so many Americans of differing ideologies together in a common cause, is not a priority for government. Independent choruses, like the 150 in the Bay Area, are hard-pressed to finance their individual programs.
With Sing for America, we endeavor to provide the tools and means by which individual choristers and their fellow singers can raise some important dollars to support their chorus or another charity of their choice…with their voice. We help them to help themselves.
The SFA Experience
Sing for America was conceived as a ten or so week event that would bring together some of the 30 million adult Americans who sing in choruses across the US. Recognizing the natural team persona that resides in all choruses, we would then empower them to raise their voices, professionals and amateurs alike, and arm them with the modern tools of online fundraising.
We incorporate the natural social benefits of singing in a chorus and getting together each week for rehearsal with the personal opportunity to benefit the performing arts, arts education, or any charity chosen by each individual singing in the chorus. An individual from a small chorus, or active as a volunteer in another organization, can step into our chorus for a short part of the year, reinforced by professional choristers surrounding them in both rehearsal and performance.
Professional soloists from the world of opera, jazz, comedy and Broadway join us in an amazing collaborative performance. At the end of it all, each chorister takes the fruit of their fundraising to their charity, their chorus, their performing arts favorite…. a bonus to the fun and eventful process in which they participated.