If you’re an online video nut in search of quality music without wanting the burden of commitment, we have good news for you.
Most online video creators wish to find the most fitting soundtrack for their videos, but who wants to break any copyright laws? You don’t have to. Fortunately, there are some really useful sources online where you don’t have to take any risks.
Incompetech was created by composer Kevin MacLeod and has plenty of music, categorized by genre and feel. In the site’s FAQ you’ll find that the music on the site is free to use for video soundtracks. Kevin MacLeod just asks that you place a credit within your video. Here, you can find all sorts of sounds from horror soundtracks to rock, pop and even more.
Dan-O is a composer that offers his original songs for free download at DanoSongs.com. You can use his songs for free in your project once you link his site or credit him in your video.
If you want to use a popular musician’s creations without paying licensing fees then check out Moby Gratis. At MobyGratis.com, Moby provides many tracks for free download and use, provided your film is non-commercial or non-profit.
FreeSoundtrackMusic.com features royalty-free tracks for use in films, YouTube videos, games or other multimedia productions. Some of the music on the site costs money to download. However, a lot of it is labeled as “FREE” and can be easily added to your video production.
ccMixter is a community music site where you can find heaps of music falling under the Creative Commons license. The site lets you listen to music, create mashups and more. Note, that some creative commons licenses may require that you give credit to the source within your video.
Partners In Rhyme has many useful things, starting from free music loops to sound effects, midi files and more. Some of the royalty free music on Partners In Rhyme has to be purchased, but they’ve got a selection of free music loops and full-length tracks for free download as well.
PacDV offers free music and sound effects. The tracks are free to use in your video, film, audio and multimedia projects, if you link back to their site or list them in your credits.
Public Domain 4U is a great site for finding public domain music downloads. When content falls into the public domain, it means that there are no longer any intellectual property rights attached to them, either because the rights have expired or been forfeited. Public domain music, video and other content can be used in any way, including in your online videos. A lot of the music is pretty old (eg. from the early 1900s), but there are also some modern tunes available for free.
Musopen works similarly to Public Domain 4U as it provides music whose copyright’s expired. At Musopen you can browse music by composer, performer, instrument, period or form. Musopen is really handy if you are looking for classical music for your video.
Last but not least, Beatpick offers a great selection of licensed music for non-commercial or non-profit production for free. Once you’ve chosen a song that you want to use, click on “License Song” and choose “Non Commercial projects.”
As you can see, there are plenty of sites that aren’t exclusively driven by profit, but by the idea of culture sharing. You just have to click and reshare!