The Songwriters Lifeline | Entertainment Community Fund

The Songwriters Lifeline

Are you a songwriter, composer, musician or singer facing a work or life challenge and don’t know where to turn? We can offer counseling, support and other helpful resources. We also provide 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 Entertainment Community 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 the programs and services of the Entertainment Community 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 

Am I eligible?

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. For financial assistance, we will ask for an application, documentation of your professional earnings and an interview. In general, eligibility requirements for financial assistance are:

  • A minimum of five years of industry paid employment with earnings of at least $6,500 for three out of the last seven 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

Get in touch:

No matter where you live in the U.S., we’re here to help. Get in touch with your nearest regional office at:

Eastern Region 

Central Region

Western Region


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