09 Jan MY FAVOURITE COPYRIGHT FREE MUSIC LIBRARIES
The question I get asked the most via email, comments and DMs is “Where can I find music for my films, so that I can share them online?”
Please understand that using unlicensed copyrighted material on your films is illegal. This means you can’t just use a song that you’ve purchased from the iTunes store or downloaded via an app. It must come from a Royalty/Copyright Free library or source that gives you permission to share online.
Places like YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo and Facebook remove films that infringe these laws and they can suspend your account if you continue to use music without permission.
I share my favourite places and other options that I’ve discovered over the years with people taking my online courses, but I thought I’d create this resource for everyone.
For free music
This means you can download and use without payment, you often just have to credit the artist.
BENSOUND – I’ve not used any of these tracks personally, but participants of my course use it all the time.
YOUTUBE MUSIC LIBRARY– You’ll need a You Tube account to access it and then you can search a wide music of genres to use on your films straight away.
For subscription services
Monthly and annual subscriptions are available, for unlimited downloads of tracks.
SOUNDSTRIPE is my favourite!. I’ve been using it consistently since it launched back in 2016. Finally somewhere came up with a library full of possibilities at a really good price. I’ve written about my love for it before OVER HERE and I think there’s something for everyone on here. I’ve used it for every weekend film I’ve made in past two years, plus lots of other projects.
THE MUSIC BED – have finally created a subscription service and even though it’s more expensive than Soundstripe, it’s still great value considering the extensive library of really great music available. I purchased individual tracks in the past, but I don’t have a subscription yet, it’s something I may start in the new year. Also, do be aware, you have to commit to a year long subscription for all your licenses to remain valid, even if you opt for monthly payments.
EPIDEMIC SOUND – I haven’t used this library personally, but my son used it all the time for his YouTube videos. Great subscription price for unlimited tracks and seems to have a wide range of music for using primarily on YouTube.
One off payments for individual tracks.
PREMIUM BEAT – All sorts of music can be found here. I’ve used it for lots of commercial & personal projects. You pay for each track individually and then you can use it on as many projects as you like. I like that each track comes with 15/30/60 second versions.
AUDIO JUNGLE – I used to use this service many years ago, before there were more library options available, but I still think it’s good value for each individual track.
POND5 – I’ve used this library a few times when I’ve been looking for a particular song with a theme, like Christmas etc. It’s good value and you pay for each track depending on its usage.
Hope one of these helps you when searching for the right music track for your latest film. There are other music libraries out there, but I wanted to share the ones I’ve actually used or had experience with.
All the best with your music hunting!
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