The Songwriters Lifeline | Actors Fund

The Songwriters Lifeline

The Songwriters Lifeline at The Actors Fund provides assistance to songwriters, composers and the musicians and singers who bring their work to life. The program functions as an entryway and guide through The Actors Fund's many programs when you're facing personal or work-related problems. It is also a conduit for emergency financial assistance in times of pressing need or in response to catastrophic events.

The Songwriters Lifeline was created to help convey the message that The Actors Fund’s services are available for songwriters, too... songwriters like Aaron Schroeder. Mr. Schroeder, who wrote more than 2,000 songs, including 17 recorded by Elvis Presley, ran a successful music publishing business and lived his final years at The Actors Fund Home in Englewood, New Jersey.

Seeded with a generous gift by his widow, Abby Schroeder, the program was founded to assist songwriters, composers and the musicians and singers who bring their work to life, through programs and services of The Actors Fund, including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services.  

With a focus on support and education, The Songwriters Lifeline services include: 

  • One-on-one counseling and referrals to helpful resources 
  • Support for issues around sexual harassment
  • Assistance in locating legal and health services 
  • Information on affordable housing and advice in dealing with landlord/tenant issues 
  • Seminars and groups on topics such as financial wellness and coping with depression 
  • Emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent or medical expenses


Any songwriter, composer, musician, singer or other associated performing arts or entertainment professional may call on The Songwriters Lifeline for support, information or referrals to community agencies. Eligibility for financial assistance requires an application, documentation of your professional earnings and an interview and in general is based on:

  • A minimum of five years of industry paid employment with earnings of at least $6,500 for three out of the last five years, or
  • Twenty years of industry paid employment with a minimum of ten years of earnings of at least $5,000 for each of those years, and
  • Financial need

For Assistance, Please Contact:

We provide assistance nationally. Please contact our regional office closest to you.

New York City
212.221.7300, ext. 119


Los Angeles
323.933.9244, ext. 455

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