Music For Seniors connects older adults with area musicians through interactive live performances.

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"Lighting Up Lives"
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Lighting Up Lives

Music for Seniors is a Tennessee nonprofit 501(c)3 arts organization enlisting Nashville-area professional, semi-professional and student musicians to provide one-hour, interactive outreach performances to senior centers, day programs, retirement communities, nursing homes and even home-bound older adults. Our performances span a wide variety of music and genres focusing on the tastes, preferences and needs of the older adults whose lives we touch. Audience engagement and interaction are built into our delivery model.

We offer musicians a ready vehicle for significant civic involvement and pay them a modest per-performance stipend for sharing their time and talents.

Participating senior groups and communities receive outstanding music programs for reasonable fees assessed individually and based on a sliding scale. We can subsidize up to 100% of fees for low-income nonprofits and home-bound individuals, depending on need.

Musicians: visit our Performers page to learn more and to complete an on-line performer application.

Seniors: (service providers, residence communities and caregivers) visit our Services page to learn more about great music options for your group or home-bound individual and to complete an on-line participant application.

In addition to our outreach performances, the Music for Seniors FREE Daytime Concert Series offers a public concert every month featuring celebrated soloists and groups. These daytime events are always free and open to all older adults, their companions and caregivers.

Visit our Concerts page to see what's coming up and read about past events.

Moving On Up!

Music for Seniors launched July 1, 2007 as a program affiliate of FiftyForward, a long-standing and outstanding Nashville-based nonprofit recognized as the premier provider of innovative and comprehensive services for adults 50+ in Middle Tennessee. We will forever be grateful to Janet Jernigan, FiftyForward’s Executive Director, and to the entire staff of this fine agency. Believing in our vision, they offered Music for Seniors a solid foundation of nonprofit management skills, fiscal oversight and wise counsel, while also providing us immeasurable opportunities for wide-spread community exposure, funding and recognition.

July 1, 2014 marks another beginning for Music for Seniors as we start operations under our own 501(c)3 IRS designation as a stand-alone nonprofit arts organization. We move forward with our exciting work benefitting from the experience we have gained over seven successful years. From a start-up program enlisting three musicians to deliver a monthly performance to two senior centers, to a robust operation scheduling and delivering an average 57 performances - through outreach and public concert events - to over 1,200 seniors monthly at 50 area locations … Music for Seniors continues sharing live music and lighting up lives!

To learn more about our organization and staff, our current goals, fiscal standing and governance, and our long-term aspirations as a we look toward a bright future, please review our profile on, an on-line resource of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

To hear how one colossal hurricane in 2005 led to the inspirational founding of Music for Seniors in 2007 and the rest of our story since then, read more.

Our Supporters

The Memorial Foundation TN Arts Metro Arts Alzheimer's Foundation of America The Community Foundation

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