Now in its 6th year, eTown’s Handmade Songs Series is a program in which high school songwriters are given the opportunity to perform at eTown Hall in front of a live audience. Rather than focusing on performance or other superficial criteria often weighted in musical competitions, the entire program focus is on songwriting.

At least five students are awarded the opportunity to team up with industry professionals to produce their single and a music video in eTown’s state-of-the-art recording studio and production facility. eTown provides renowned producers, sound engineers, videographers, professional musicians, world-class equipment and facilities to ensure the highest quality of production. Students often use their finished work to apply to college-level music programs or begin their career in the arts.

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


Guidelines

  • 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. 7 CD
  • A video of their recording process

If you have any questions about eTown’s Handmade Songs Series, please e-mail: handmadesongs@etown.org


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!


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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

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Gracie Clymer – “Home”


Finn O’Sullivan – “Stuck In My Head”


Emma Schaefer – “Rearranged”


Edden Rosenberg – “Where I Come From”


Coby Mandell – “Play Me Like A Guitar”


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.


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Harper Powell – “Windowless Timetable”


Chloe Southern – “Lullabies & Blues”


Harper Corum-Var – “IV”


Dafna Margalit – “Fever”


CLICK HERE To See Videos From Handmade Songs Vol. 1, 2 & 3