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100% Free and Legal music to use in your film!

Looking for free and legal music for your film? Here are some fantastic resources I have gathered to finding great music to use in projects!

Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com)
Some Soundcloud users will let you use their music in your projects for free! When searching, choose "tracks" and then choose "To modify commercially" Just be sure the song is not a cover!
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Free Music Archive (http://freemusicarchive.org)
This is one of the best resources I have found, just be sure to specify your search to "Allows for use in remix or video" AND "Allows for commercial use" or just do "Public Domain," which is always best.

Archive.org (https://archive.org)
Go to search, select "Music, Arts and Culture" under Audio. Then when you find something you like just be sure to check for Public Domain or Creative Commons licensing!

Musopen (https://musopen.org)
Musopen is a great resource if you are looking for classical pieces, just be sure to check the exact license on the piece you like before using it. You may also want to get a subscription to have access to higher quality recordings, although that does cost a little but of money.

More information on what the license means: goo.gl/yFkACU

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Thanks for sharing. :D

March 4, 2015 at 6:58AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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Here's another good resource: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/

March 6, 2015 at 4:00PM

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Another one I use sometimes is http://www.joshwoodward.com/ just give him credit, and you can practically use the music anywhere! Almost every song has vocal, and instrumental versions to cut between in video.

March 7, 2015 at 7:50PM

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Craig Douglas
Writer/ Director/ Editor/ Videographer
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Thanks for the great post Zachary, I am often in that position where I need to find a piece for free and this is very helpful. I hadn't thought of using SoundCloud. I have a couple to add also:

Moby Gratis (http://www.mobygratis.com/catalog) I have had a lot of success with this site. It is Moby's back catalogue that is available free of cost for Non-Profits/Short Films. You do have to submit a request to use it, but it has been quick and painless in my experience. He tends to have a great array of options.

Free Stock Music (http://www.freestockmusic.com/) Completely free, large group of subscribers and users.

Youtube Audio Library (https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music) Some songs are completely free, others require advertisements to be played.

Vimeo Music Store (https://vimeo.com/musicstore) Contains some tracks that are creative commons, and many that are for purchase.

March 10, 2015 at 2:48PM

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Jonathan Goossen
International Videographer
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http://soundimage.org/ is another one. :-)

April 15, 2016 at 6:41PM, Edited April 15, 6:41PM

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Eric Matyas
Filmmaker, Composer
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Another great source for royalty free music is http://www.freemusicpublicdomain.com/
They have a lot of unique 80's and 90's sounding songs.

May 3, 2016 at 5:30PM, Edited May 3, 5:30PM

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Rick Costello
Music Producer
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I wonder if the licenses granted on those sites are secure enough.

What happens when you use music that is licensed to allow derivative works and commercial usage but is not explicitly termed as irrevocable and perpetual?

You include it in a movie, you release the movie, the movie becomes popular, the licensee decides to revoke the license and now wants a cut or issues a DMCA takedown!

Would he have legal grounds?

May 3, 2016 at 6:47PM, Edited May 3, 6:49PM

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Cary Knoop
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I'm not sure about that. You'd have to read the fine print. I think most royalty-free music sites are happy to share their music. They're not in it for the money.

May 5, 2016 at 2:24PM

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Rick Costello
Music Producer
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The royalty free music sites that I use are all pay sites, but once you've bought a license to the music you are free to use it within the bounds of their license.

Royalty Free License Page for PremiumBeat.com
http://www.premiumbeat.com/license

AudioJungle.net Music Standard Royalty Free License
https://audiojungle.net/licenses/terms/music_standard

There is a big difference between "Free" music and "Royalty Free" music, the first one requires no payment at all and the second one requires no royalty payments after you have purchased a license.

July 16, 2016 at 10:39AM, Edited July 16, 10:50AM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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Hi Guy. Can we add Filmstro to the list? We're a similar affair to PremiumBeat but all of our music is super customisable! Come check it out and dm me with any questions you may have...

https://filmstro.com

Kind regards,
Seb

August 11, 2016 at 4:35PM

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Seb Jaeger
Music Director
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Hi there. (In reply to Rick Costello) I don't think Royalty free music sites aren't in it for the money. In fact, I'm pretty sure they're definitely in it for the money! If you're talking about the free sites, then sure, they seem to be mainly collaborative and happy for creative comms type license usage, but in my experience (having worked for and now owning a music site) it is very much about the money. Sorry...

August 11, 2016 at 4:33PM, Edited August 11, 4:36PM

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Seb Jaeger
Music Director
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Thanks alot ! I finally found exactly what I wanted from freemusicarchive.org
Lovely collection of music they hold, strongly recommended.

December 10, 2016 at 1:08AM

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Jinit Ghelani
Writer, Editor, Director
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Hi!
I have around 150 of my songs on Soundcloud, https://soundcloud.com/stefan-30-1
If you find anything of use there, please drop me a line here or on Soundcloud I´l send you the wav/mp3.
All track are 100% of my own making(sounds, samples, lyrics and vocals).
Depending on my schedule I may also be able to edit (some of the) tracks, ie, removing lyrics (or, crazy thought, the music) etc.

Some video examples: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8fPHuUxduhspfndgT5J4gA

Best regards
Stefan Engström

December 26, 2016 at 3:10PM, Edited December 26, 3:10PM

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jamendo.com is another great one!

December 30, 2016 at 11:52AM

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Alex Crowson
Student / Video Padawan
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This site is amazing, thank you all for sharing.

January 5, 2017 at 10:47AM

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If anyone is looking for piano, I have over 4 hours of original piano on my page free-to-use. I'll be posting another 2 hours (my highest quality release to date) within the next few weeks. All I ask is that you let me know if you're using it, because I enjoy seeing the projects.

www.soundcloud.com/cirralisis

January 15, 2017 at 1:24PM

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Hi

I am a composer and a songwriter, I can offer my music for free use as long as credits are given !

https://soundcloud.com/andredebrito/sets/andre-de-brito

https://soundcloud.com/andredebrito/

https://soundcloud.com/mel-music

Thanks

January 20, 2017 at 6:51PM

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Andre
Composer, Singer, Songwriter
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Hi, There's also a new website only Free Music & for commercial and non-commercial projects... www.be-tunes.com
For me it is the most easy to be sure there's no license problem...

February 13, 2017 at 4:41PM

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Hi guys I advice you a new website where you can find a creative Commons Library, about 40+ soundtracks/audio logos, and paying 99$ you get the membership pass for downloading current and upcoming products for a full year.
www.beatgain.com

February 22, 2017 at 5:54PM

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Thanks for the websites! I've recently become a member of Soundstripe and even though their library isn't completely free, it's pretty cheap! Great resource for music for videos - check out my blog post about it: http://www.loomisvideo.com/blog/music-for-video-production

February 24, 2017 at 2:36PM, Edited February 24, 2:38PM

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Ethan Loomis
Videographer, Loomis Video
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Check out https://www.ritualmusic.com/ . We've used these guys as a custom music house and they just launched their own royalty free licensing platform. The quality is insane, a reflection of the fact that they are actually from the music industry. Musicbed might be the only place that can touch it, highly recommend!

May 18, 2017 at 5:05AM

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