Internet Tip - Royalty Free Music at No Charge

Created: October 16, 2007
Last Modified: October 24, 2014
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Where can you find royalty free music at no charge? Many sites on the web offer royalty free music with a price tag. But here I have compiled a list of sites with royalty free music that is actually free. There are actually quite a few artists that offer their music under the Creative Commons License, it is sometimes just hard to find them through all the sites that ask a lot of money to use one song.

Recommendations

Some artists allow you to use their music in commercial productions whereas others only allow you to use their music in personal productions. So look at the license agreement carefully. Most music is licensed under Attribution, so in your production you should credit the author of the music. If it is a slideshow or a video presentation then you should include a credit to the artist such as:
Music By Artist Name

My recommendation is that whether you use an artist's song in a non-commercial way (for a personal web page, a personal slideshow, etc) or in a commercial way (for a TV commercial, film festival, movie, etc.) that you contact the artist and let them know how you are using their music. It is great that they allow you to use their music at no cost to you.

My second recommendation is that if you use an artist's music and it actually makes your web site, podcast, slideshow, video presentation, etc better or more popular and you continue to use their song, then I suggest making a donation to the artist. Based on other's recommended donation amounts, I suggest that you send the artist at least $5 for each song that you use.

Royalty Free Music Links
http://incompetech.com/m/c/royalty-free/

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.

http://www.pacdv.com/sounds/free-music.html

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.

http://www.musopen.com/

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 may listen, re-use, or in any way enjoy music. Most of the music is of classical piano or symphony pieces.

http://sonnyboo.com/music/music.htm

Offers a few songs that you can use in your productions as long as you credit the songwriter - Peter John Ross.

http://www.soundclick.com/business/license_list.cfm

I recommend that you sign up with a free account at www.soundclick.com to take full advantage of its many differnent music artsists 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.

http://derekaudette.ottawaarts.com/music.php

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.

http://www.publicdomain4u.com/

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.

http://opsound.org/

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.

http://newroyaltyfreeproductionmusic.com/

At this website Warren J Chadwick offers his royalty free music. There are a few songs in the Children section that can be used for free in commercial and personal projects as long as you credit Warren J Chadwick. Other songs can also be used for free in personal projects if you contact Warren through email.

http://www.openmusicarchive.org/

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.

http://www.archive.org/details/audio

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.

http://www.linorise.de

At this website Lino Rise offers many pieces of music for free. His creations span over 10 years and vary in style from piano to electronic..

http://royaltyfreemusicmp3.com/free-music.html

This website offers a few tracks at no cost that can be used on your website or blog only but you need to provide a link back to their site. The tracks are from the site http://www.filmtv-tracks.com/free and they seem to be all recordings by Dan Foster..

http://www.musicrevolution.com/free_production_music

Music Revolution has only 40 tracks available for free download. They ask that you credit them somewhere in your website.

http://www.bensound.com/

Bensound has a few repetitive music tracks that you can use in your multimedia projects as long as you credit the bensound.com website according to the Creative Commons Attribution licence.

http://copyright-free-music.com/free-royalty-free-music/

This site has only 6 songs for free. The author asks that if you use the music that you credit him as "Composer: Jacob LaVallee, owner of http://copyright-free-music.com". At the moment the songs are hosted on mediafire.com so there will be some ads when you try to download..

Free Music Clips
http://www.internetaudioguy.com/iag/freemusic/freemusic.htm

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.

Using Non-Royalty Free Music

If you already found a piece of music from a professional artist that you want to use in your film or other production then go to http://www.ascap.com/filmtv/faq.html to find out how to contact the copyright owner (usually the publisher) and acquire the appropriate license.

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1. Posted By: Matthew - - October 28, 2007, 2:38 pm
Awesome resource! This is exactly what I needed for a non-profit project I am working on right now.

Thanks!

Matthew Glanfield
BBO Institute Internet Marketing

2. Posted By: John - - November 4, 2007, 3:52 pm
Your list of royalty free music is perfect for video developers looking to save money and time.

Here's a couple more resources you may find useful.

* Using google to find MP3s

* How to save MP3s online (legally)

* Music search engine/playlist creator
www.projectplaylist.com/




3. Posted By: Agico - - December 11, 2007, 11:21 am
Excellent
Thank you
magicooll.com

4. Posted By: grinmrjk - - February 5, 2008, 12:51 pm
This is great--perfect for a couple of my projects. When I click on the links I get a quicktime movie screen and progress bar. When I right-click it's just save image as, etc. How do I save an mp3 file? I have gone to various of the sites you feature, same thing. I don't know how to save am mp3 file when all I can access is a quicktime player window. Any ideas?

5. Posted By: Jeff - - February 6, 2008, 12:06 pm
Sorry. I'm a little confused. If you right click on the filename there should be an option for "Save Target As.." that will save the mp3 to your hard drive. It might have to do with the browser you are using. If you are using Internet Explorer than try Firefox or vice-versa.

Also when a program installed Quicktime to your computer it setup itself to play mp3 files. You can stop this in a couple of ways.
1. Start the quicktime player and select Edit - Preferences - Quicktime Preferences - File Types. Then uncheck MP3 files and click OK.

Or

2. Start Windows Media Player to assign the MP3s to play their. Usually it is located in Accessories - Entertainment. Click on Tools - Options - File Types and then check MP3 Audio File and click OK. This should make Windows Media Player play your MP3 files. Then when it plays one by clicking on an mp3 file in the browser you can select File - Save as ... in Windows Media Player.

Jeff


6. Posted By: Mark - - September 22, 2008, 9:15 am
Here's a page that has free royalty free music and sound effects. They allow you to use them in commercial projects

Free Royalty Free Music Loops and Sound Effects

Here is a a blog that posts free music and sound effects for download to use in commercial projects

Download Royalty Free Music Clips

7. Posted By: Jimmy G - - November 7, 2008, 2:04 pm
Can you add this site to your list? It's listed in Kevin MacLeod's short list of 'friends':

www.jimmyg.us

8. Posted By: Geoff Harvey - info@purple-planet.com - November 22, 2008, 6:22 am
I hope our new site should fit the bill: www.purple-planet.com

All pieces can be used free for commercial and non-commercial basis.

9. Posted By: Chris - - March 14, 2009, 5:56 am
Great resources, if you are looking for 100% free

10. Posted By: Joe - - July 12, 2009, 8:17 am
Just wanted to point out a mistake in the royaltyfreemusic.com listing in the above article.
Their free royalty free music they are offering is actually not available for commercial use and has always only been available for non-commercial educational uses.
From the page that you are linking to it says:
"Our free Royalty Free Music section provides you with the resources you need to complete a variety of educational, personal, and non-profit projects"

11. Posted By: Dan-O at DanoSongs.com - - July 20, 2009, 10:02 am
I hope you don't mind if I leave my creative commons royalty free music site as a resource for readers as well:

DanoSongs.com

Thanks,
Dan-O

12. Posted By: colbert - - August 26, 2009, 11:41 am
Thanks for putting the hard work in and developing this resource...I make films for charities and it is just the thing that I am looking for.

Thanks to the musicians that put their hard work out there for no money... you have my deepest respect.


www.media4charity.com

13. Posted By: Vlad - - November 19, 2009, 5:15 pm
Allow me to add one more non-profit resource of the free roaylty free music at www.freeroyaltyfreemusic.net
The site is film maker and media friendly.

14. Posted By: Katte - - December 3, 2009, 2:16 pm
This is great! Thank you so much!

15. Posted By: Leia11 - - December 11, 2009, 12:41 pm
This is so great- I've been looking for a royalty free song and more disturbed to buy a song where I don't know the name of the song or /composer and would give credit in film to the song as "website.com". Very disturbing. Thanks for making this! It's not about the money so much as wanting to credit the artist because I know how important credit is- work begets work! :) thanks for making this site!

16. Posted By: Greggo - - February 4, 2010, 7:39 am
Here's another option for FREE royalty free music and sound effects:
http://www.royaltyfreemusiclibrary.com/free-music-resources

17. Posted By: PoemVidz - - February 25, 2010, 4:41 pm
Absolutely wonderful. I've looking for royalty free music to use in my projects. I am so so glad to find your post. I dont think I have enough words to thank you. WELL DONE :)
Warmest Regards
Lama Kalla
www.PoemVidz.com
wwwLamaKalla.com

18. Posted By: Bobby - - March 4, 2010, 2:34 pm
Thanks - great resource.
I like these guys too, they post a new free track every day
www.smartassmusic.com

19. Posted By: Pascal - - March 17, 2010, 11:53 am
Hi there,
Feel free to download royalty-free music from the free section at www.dl-sounds.com

20. Posted By: cameronmusic (royalty free) - alastair@cameronmusic.co.uk - March 19, 2010, 2:49 pm
I provide royalty free classical/orchestral music for only 2 per track visit www.cameronmusic.co.uk for more info

21. Posted By: Andis - - March 28, 2010, 7:19 am
Fantastic site,that's what I was looking for my few non profit projects. Music "Gentle Thoughts (Long)" of 2.35 mnts duration in http://www.pacdv.com/sounds/free-music.html exactly fits into my project but I need it in longer duration something of 6 mnts for my project.
Will it be possible for you to make the said music upto such longer duartion? Your answer will be much appreciated.

Andis

22. Posted By: Dave - - April 1, 2010, 7:46 am
Here's a great site where the guy gives away some really high quality music for free, all you have to do is accredit him:


http://www.music4yourvids.co.uk/

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23. Posted By: Mira - - April 5, 2010, 12:57 pm
Thanks so much for this - it's always a perfect "stumble" on the internet that makes everything so much easier. I appreciate you sharing this list!!

24. Posted By: More Music Resources - - April 5, 2010, 1:23 pm
Hi, i would like to recommend a very professional and easy to use website of one of the best royalty free music libraries that I know of, its called Hollywood Production Music. These guys did a great job with their website (very intuitive and advanced search options). Music is hand picked, saved me a lot of search time on my last few projects.

25. Posted By: Lama Kalla - - April 11, 2010, 7:22 pm
I just want to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the wonderful information provided here. It's the best I have seen so far. I wish you all the very best and thank you again for your time.
Warmest Regards,
Lama Kalla
www.PoemVidz.com