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 performers 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.
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 care provider for a homebound older adult or for seniors at a retirement community, senior center, nursing home, adult day services program or 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!
Music for Seniors does assess fees for our services because we pay our performers stipends for their participation. However, we also can subsidize fees for low income nonprofits and individuals, sometimes up to 100%.
Fees are assessed on a case-by-case basis and vary, depending on resources and need.
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 the performers. This makes it really easy for you!
If you represent a low income, nonprofit senior group, residence community, nursing home or home-bound older adult, we will work with you on pricing. If needed, we can subsidize fees for services based on a sliding scale, up to 100%.
We have vocalists and instrumentalists of all kinds, including single performers, duos and groups. Most are professionals. Some are talented semi-professional and student performers. When possible, we will endeavor to connect you with musicians who live or work nearby.
All are screened and selected based on proficiency and their capacity to entertain and connect with older adults. They participate as service to the community, receiving modest per-performance stipends for their participation in this important outreach.
Our regularly-participating performers attend a mandatory orientation which prepares them to deliver our program-specific model of a one-hour and interactive performance 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 for senior audiences at very reasonable costs.
Most of our performances 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 special 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 performers 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!”
For home-bound service recipients, we have found that having the same musician visit regularly, once a month, works best. All of our musicians who make home visits are cleared with a background check.
Performances 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 performers go room-to-room if that is what’s needed.
Location of performances for a homebound individual depends, of course, on the mobility of that individual and the home environment. It can be the living room, kitchen, dining room or even bedside; we accommodate all.
Or mail your application to:Sarah Martin McConnell