eTown’s Handmade Songs Series is a songwriting program for high school students to exhibit and expand their creativity, and to learn about music production in a professional setting. Best of all, IT’S FREE! Each year, fifteen students are selected from audio submissions to perform at eTown Hall. Of those fifteen, five finalists receive the opportunity to record their original composition in the eTown studio!

eTown’s 2017 Fall Handmade Songs Program will take place on October 19th at eTown Hall



  • All genres and styles of music are welcome
  • All songs must be original compositions
  • All songs must include vocals and lyrics
  • Each student must submit an mp3 recording of your song
  • Each student must submit lyrics
  • 15 Finalists are selected from audio submissions

The Finalists Receive:

  • An opportunity to record their original song in eTown’s state-of-the-art recording studio!
  • Collaboration with a professional producer and production crew
  • Mentorship on navigating the music industry
  • A polished version of their song in eTown’s Handmade Songs Vol. 6 CD
  • A video of their recording process

If you have any questions about eTown’s Handmade Songs Series, please e-mail:

Spring 2017 Handmade Songs

This year, eTown’s Handmade Songs expanded to Ft. Collins for our 6th edition with a Spring program held at The Armory in downtown Ft. Collins on March 30th!

Fall 2016 Handmade Songs

In its fifth year, the Fall 2016 Handmade Songs Series initiated an audition process for local students and invited over 25 high school songwriters to perform their original songs in front of an audience. A panel of judges, including local music industry leaders, selected the top five songs. Those artists were paired with professional record producers to realize the full potential of each song.

The Fall 2016 finalists were given an inside look at the recording process and complete access to some of the best and brightest in Colorado’s music scene. They had unlimited time in the studio, access to outside musicians to enhance their songs, and untold hours of time with their producers in the process of recording, editing and mixing. The results are spectacular, and the process was transformative for all of the students.

Fall 2016 Handmade Songs Students

Stream eTown’s Handmade Songs, Vol. 5:

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Spring 2016 Handmade Songs


Below is the recap video from the Spring 2016 program that follows our finalists from the qualifying event on stage at eTown Hall, and through their creative processes in the studio.

Stream eTown’s Handmade Songs, Vol. 4:

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To purchase a hard copy of Handmade Songs Vol. 1 – 4 CLICK HERE

Harper Powell – “Windowless Timetable”

Chloe Southern – “Lullabies & Blues”

Harper Corum-Var – “IV”

Dafna Margalit – “Fever”

2015 Handmade Songs Series

Stream eTown’s Handmade Songs, Vol. 3:

Covex (Brendan Bell) – “City of Angels”

Liam Spichiger – “Soldier of Love”

Tanner Shioshita – “Through and Through”

Coleman Dickson – “It’ll Be Alright”

Anna Scholfield – “Enough”

Ocean Pleasant – “Age Of My Soul”

CLICK HERE To See Videos From Handmade Songs Vol. 1 & 2