Information About Our Services

Music for Seniors provides exceptional live music programming for older adults. We also provide unique opportunity for connection between two groups of individuals – seniors and musicians – whose paths otherwise might never cross. Our outstanding musicians make a commitment to the organization’s mission and to the seniors whose lives they affect. Their dedicated involvement promotes human kindness and fosters relationships. The endeavor enriches the lives of everyone participating and contributes significantly to the cultural enrichment of our entire community.

Who can access services from Music for Seniors?

You can! We want to provide you easy, affordable access. We also want it to be fun for you and your participants and suited to your particular needs.

If you are a Middle Tennessee senior care provider at a retirement community, senior center, nursing home, adult day services program, Alzheimer's or dementia or other memory care setting or work with any other area senior group, you can tap into our music services. Think of us as a "one-stop shop" for your live music needs. No more time-consuming yellow pages or on-line searches. No more phoning around trying to find that perfect music option. We have it for you!

Is there a cost for these monthly programs?

Music for Seniors offers our partner musicians per-program stipends for their participation. So we do assess fees for our services.

If you are a for-profit or nonprofit community or group with an entertainment or activity budget, you participate by paying reasonable fees to Music for Seniors. We handle all the paperwork and pay our partner musicians for all programming scheduled through the organization. This makes it really easy for you!

If you represent an income-eligible nonprofit senior group, residence community or nursing home serving older adults with limited financial resources, we work with you to be sure your group can receive our services. If needed, we can subsidize fees for services based on a sliding scale, up to 100%. Our philosophy is that no one is turned away due to lack of resources.

Who will my musicians be?

We have vocalists and instrumentalists of all kinds, including single players, duos and groups. Our partner musicians include retired seasoned professionals, working musicians and talented students and youth. When possible, we will connect you with musicians who live or work nearby.

All are screened and selected based on their musical abilities and their capacity to engage, entertain and connect with older adults. All participate as service to the community, receiving modest per-program stipends for their participation in this important outreach.

Our regularly-participating musician partners attend a mandatory orientation which prepares them to deliver our unique model of a one-hour and interactive program designed to delight and involve the seniors we serve. This orientation process is not required of musicians we enlist solely for occasional special events. Nonetheless, they receive a comprehensive overview of our philosophy, our operations and our commitment to provide outstanding, specialized programming with seniors for very reasonable costs.

When are the programs?

Most of our programs are scheduled during the week, for day-time or early evening, but we happily provide weekend coverage as well. It all depends on your scheduling needs. Since we have so many musician participants, we can provide you with just the right music option just about any time!

Our staff is always available to help find music for every occasion, whether for your ongoing, regular activity programming or that open house, party or other special event you are planning.

Scheduling live music through Music for Seniors is simple and flexible and always tailored to each service recipient’s individual needs. You can schedule month-to-month or you can arrange with us for musicians to come on the same days and times each month. You can request the type of music you want, the particular musician or musicians who become your groups’ favorites, or you can rely on us to provide a rotation of a wide variety of music – or a combination of all. It is up to you and your group’s needs and we are always ready to help, including rescue from those last minute “music emergencies!”

Where are the programs?

Programs can take place anywhere you normally use for group activities. You know what works best for you and your senior participants. They can be in the living room, lunch room, activity room or another common area, or in a small room with your participants sitting in a circle or semi-circle. Sometimes, our musicians go room-to-room if that is what’s needed.

How do I sign up?

Complete our simple online application.

Or mail your application to:

Sarah Martin McConnell
Music for Seniors
161 Rains Ave.
Nashville, TN 37203