Copyright Free Music
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If youʼre planning to enter your film for festivals or competitions, or screen it publicly (including YouTube etc), then you will either need to pay for music rights (a nightmare, donʼt do it!) or you need to use Copyright Free Music.
Copyright Free Music is music that you donʼt need any permissions or clearance to use and it makes life a great deal easier. Gaining music clearances is one of the banes of any filmmakerʼs life!
Here are some links to music you can use for free (as long as your film isnʼt being made for money-making purposes!):
Royalty Free Music Links
Artisound is a royalty free music company set up by Yannick Ireland, a graduate of ACM in Guildford with a first class music production degree. Artisound has a free service to help the customer / users source the right music for film projects.
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Set up by the artists MOBI, you can listen to a selection of his available music and download whatever you want to use in your film or video or short. The music is free as long as it's being used in a non-commercial or non-profit film, video, or short.
At this website Kevin MacLeod offers his royalty free music creations under the Creative Commons License. There are many different types of instrumental music at this site.
pacdv offers a few instrumentals for you to use royalty free. They just ask that you mention "Music by www.pacdv.com/sounds/" in your credits.
Offers a few songs that you can use in your productions as long as you credit the songwriter - Peter John Ross.
Taylor Hayward offers a few piano songs that are copyright free so you are free to use them in any way, commercial or non-commercial.
Musopen is an online music library of copyright free (public domain) music. At Musopen they obtain recordings of public domain music that have no copyrights so that visitors maylisten, re-use, or in any way enjoy music. Most of the music is of classical piano or symphony pieces.
We recommend that you sign up with a free account at www.soundclick.com to take full advantage of its many different music artists and genres. To find royalty free music at no charge under the Creative Commons License click on the soundclick link above and then change License Type to Creative Commons (Free), select the Genre and click go.
Derek Audette offers his royalty free music under the Creative Commons License. Most of these are instrumental pieces that are either dark, moody, or hard driving.
This site contains recordings of songs that were published prior to 1922 and are now in the public domain which means the public is free to copy and use the works in any way.
This website offers a collection of music from a variety of artists and genres under the Creative Commons License. In the left hand menu click on artists or genres.
Open Music Archive offers recordings of songs that are over 50 years old so their copyright has expired in the UK so the recordings have become Public Domain. However, if you are from another country other than the UK then the recordings may not be Public Domain yet. See the FAQ for more information.
This Audio Archive contains free recordings of many popular bands. These are usually recordings of live performances. The bands that allow their live concerts to be recorded and traded are known as Trade Friendly Bands. For a list of bands that are Trade Friendly and to view their policies see Trade-Friendly Band Information and Furthurnet.org Band List. The FAQ page and the details page make it clear that these recordings can only be used for non-commercial purposes.
Free Music Clips
InernetAudioGuy.com usually sells royalty free audio tracks for a price but they also offer a few instrumental 30 second samples that you can use for free for anything you want.
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