Partner: NashFilm

Calling Musicians with a Heart.

 ~ Submit and Win ~ Elfenworks/Nashfilm Songs for Progress Award

San Mateo and Nashville (July 19, 2017) – The Elfenworks Foundation and Nashfilm today announced a new category of award at NashFilm, Nashfilm’s Elfenworks Songs for Progress Award, to be given at the award ceremony of Nashville’s highly prestigious film and music festival during the festivities, May 10-19, 2018.  “We are putting out a call for songs that move us in good directions,” said Elfenworks Project Manager Kelly Shaw, “because a picture may be worth a thousand words, but the right words and melody can touch hearts like nothing else.”  

How it Works 

Winning entries are SALIENT * EXCELLENT * COMPELLING * ENDURING.  To avoid disqualification, please submit clean lyrics version.  See NashFilm’s website for details.  You may also consider the guidelines that we offer our student Campus Moviefest filmmakers. We suggest you also take some time to listen to some of the great socially conscious songs of our past. 

Great music with a conscience echoes through time. Stephen Foster’s Hard Times Come Again No More,  from 1854, was popularized again over 100 years later by James Taylor.  Few were alive when Strange Fruit debuted in the ’30s, This Land is Your Land in the ’50s (written in ’40, released in ’51), or Guy Carawan’s We Shall Overcome, but the songs still have influence. Satellite radio still broadcasts music from the ’60s, an era that saw Country Joe’s I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die Rag; Dylan’s I Shall Be Released, Masters of War, Oxford Town, A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall, The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll; and so many social justice anthems from Simon & Garfunkle (e.g., Sparrow, Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream,  A Church is Burning, 7 O’Clock News/Silent Night, He Was My Brother). In the ’70s, we have: Marvin Gaye’s What’s Goin’ On; CSN&Y’s Ohio; Marley’s Get Up, Stand Up; Lennon’s Working Class Hero, and so many others.  In the ’80s, there were: Suzanne Vega’s Luka; Sting’s They Dance Alone, If the Russians Love Their Children Too, and We Work the Black Seam; Bruce Hornsby’s That’s Just the Way It Is; Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi; and Phil Collins’ Another Day in Paradise.  

Songs with a heart can be found in every musical genre. Grunge. Rap. Metal. Too many songs to mention. And then, the turn of the century, with John Mayer, who sang of his generation Waiting on the World To Change. It’s a favorite, as are those by our own Campus Moviefest students, during the time that CMF had a music component (available for your listening pleasure, on Elfenworks’ Tube playlist). All these songs in their different ways have helped motivate us, moving us forward in good directions. The songs named here, and so many others we’ve not the space to name still ring true today. How wonderful, to consider your name, your song, added to this powerful, immortal list, influencing generations… in harmony with hope.   

We look forward to hearing some wonderful, compelling musical offerings, and we thank you for joining us, and for using your gifts for the greater good !


About Nashfilm

NashFilm amplifies our collective and individual awareness by bringing the world to Nashville to celebrate innovation, music and the many voices of the human spirit through the art of film.

Founded in 1969 by Mary Jane Coleman, NashFilm was originally known as the Sinking Creek Film Celebration. Nearly 20 years later it was renamed as the Nashville Independent Film Festival and, later, the Nashville Film Festival in 2003. It was voted one of “25 film festivals worth the entry fee” by MovieMaker Magazine and highlighted as One of the Best Film Festival Prizes by Film Festival Today. Brooks Institute named it one of the top 5 film festivals in the U.S.   Online at

About Elfenworks “In Harmony With Hope”

The Elfenworks Foundation works for hope by fostering creative and technological solutions that advance change. Elfenworks identifies chasms, creates change, and amplifies success, whether promoting peace initiatives, assisting nonprofits safely navigate IT security, or helping people cope with stress through the Breathing Butterfly project. Visit for big and small ways to make a difference.