July 16, 2015 at 11:02AM

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A source for Royalty Free Music indie Filmmakers

i am looking for a source where i can find great royalty free music at my finger tips. Currently working on a few non-commercial projects to showcase my talent as an aspiring filmmaker. I am well aware that sound production/sound choice plays a major role in every film, however i am lacking in sound direct and options to use within these projects . Any ideas?

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What's your budget for audio ?

With most royalty free music you still have to pay for it. ( royalty-free does NOT mean free )

July 16, 2015 at 11:17AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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in that case, i dont mind paying as long as it doesn't break bank. Honestly, i didn't budget for audio because i was of the opinion that there are free music sources out there. what do you suggest?

Kevin GK Frederick

July 16, 2015 at 11:35AM

The Music Bed is incredible. Some SERIOUSLY great music on there. Prices are decent, but can get steep depending on your project.

July 16, 2015 at 1:09PM, Edited July 16, 1:09PM

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Ben Meredith
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>>> i was of the opinion that there are free music sources out there. what do you suggest?

If you're willing to dig around a LOT and don't mind putting a music credit at the end of your video, you can find amazing music at the Free Music Archive. Just make sure you check what the license is for the music tracks you want to use. ( many of them are OK as long as you post a proper music credit at the end of your video )

http://freemusicarchive.org/curator/Video/

Otherwise, I've used PremiumBeat.com to purchase a music track with an unlimited usage license for $40 US. ( this was a bargoon compared to other places )

http://www.premiumbeat.com/

July 16, 2015 at 5:02PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Thanks alot for that. I'll check those out and see what i can find. I really dont mind adding the music credits add the end of my video(s) to me thats the way it should be regardless.

Currently i am browsing on the site that bed suggested (www.musicbed.com) and i amazed by the variety of AWESOME tracks on the available which will suit any project, even a simple show reel.

Kevin GK Frederick

July 16, 2015 at 6:11PM

Thanks a million for that one Ben. The first four song that ive listened to are awesome. I think i should be able to fine a few thing to suit the projects that i am doing for sure!

Could you give a quick run down of what the process is like from start to finish though. I think that would be great Info for other indie filmmakers out there like my self, who are looking for a source to get some great music for a project/film.

July 16, 2015 at 5:13PM, Edited July 16, 5:13PM

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>>>Currently i am browsing on the site that bed suggested (www.musicbed.com) and i amazed by the variety of AWESOME tracks on the available which will suit any project, even a simple show reel.

The MusicBed has some great tracks, but they are not cheap to license. Many of my low budget clients won't pay the fees that the MusicBed charges, so I can't use them for low budget work.

July 16, 2015 at 9:30PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Youtube audio library

Vimeo audio library

And audioblocks (paid subscription - look for the $99 a year deal), which offers unlimited downloads to their regular library.

As with all three sites, you'll have to do some extensive combing to fine the gems you're looking for.

July 19, 2015 at 3:26PM

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https://search.creativecommons.org/
Then use the soundcloud search. Just check the Creative Commons license that the uploader has given. Sometimes it is Attribution for example, so you need to just credit them in your work. Sometimes you can't alter or remix the original track which is obviously a pain for us filmmakers unless you're doing a music video for that song!

July 23, 2015 at 11:13AM

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Graham Hughes
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I am a composer and I sell royalty-free music at http://www.stevenbulinskimusic.com
I provide stock music at low prices because it come directly from me. I don't have to share a cut with any other music libraries or businesses. Prices are only $5.00 for non-commercial uses, and $15.00 for commercial use. I do have a couple of free tracks available at http://www.stevenbulinskimusic.com/stockmusic.html

July 23, 2015 at 11:12PM, Edited July 23, 11:12PM

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Steven Bulinski
Composer
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There are a lot of royalty free music sites out there. Try to find ones that are easy to navigate and have their music categorized by genres. It makes hunting for music a lot less painful. I like the music at http://www.freemusicpublicdomain.com/ The site is easy to navigate and it's all royalty free.

May 3, 2016 at 5:41PM

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Rick Costello
Music Producer
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Hello Kevin
i recommend checking out http://www.filmtv-tracks.com/

January 30, 2017 at 1:56AM

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Sandra williams
Video editor
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Hi Kevin,
For me the best is www.be-tunes.com with only Free & Royalty Free Music...
All is under Copyleft (Creative Commons Attribution) License...
My favourite because there's only one license, the most free to use... :)

February 27, 2017 at 5:03AM

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I also wanted to add http://www.stockmusichouse.com/
It's a royalty-free music site, and for each song you license you get multiple versions included (full length song, shorter edits, loops, stingers/logos, etc.).

September 3, 2017 at 10:29PM

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Steven Bulinski
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