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, twenty students are selected from audio submissions to perform at eTown Hall. Of those twenty, five finalists receive the opportunity to record their original composition in the eTown studio!
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!
- 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
- 20 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall 2016 Handmade Songs
eTown’s Fall 2016 Handmade Songs Participants
Spring 2016 Handmade Songs
In it’s fourth year, the Spring 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 six songs. Those artists were paired with professional record producers to realize the full potential of each song.
The Spring 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.
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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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”
2014 Handmade Songs Series
Elise Legendre – “Calling”
LizzaTheAlien (Nina Moldawsky) – “Trying”
Empire (Steve D’Epangier) – “Past, Present & Future”
Bear Moran – “Thalassophobia”
Avi Kolbrener – “Lost In Time”
2013 Handmade Songs Series