Internet Tip - Royalty Free Music at No Charge

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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.


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

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" in your credits.

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.

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

I recommend that you sign up with a free account at 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.

YouTube now offers a good selection of free music that you may use in your videos and you can monetize the video on YouTube as well.

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.

At this website Warren J Chadwick offers his royalty free music. There are a few songs in the Pop Songs section, Children section and Easy Listening 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.

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 Band List. The FAQ page and the details page make it clear that these recordings can only be used for non-commercial purposes.

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

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

Free Music Clips 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 to find out how to contact the copyright owner (usually the publisher) and acquire the appropriate license.

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1. Posted By: Dale - - December 7, 2012, 2:54 pm
this site helped me plenty. need some pics for my blog spot at

2. Posted By: Chris - - February 9, 2013, 9:39 am
Thank you for the great information!

3. Posted By: robert - - February 25, 2013, 10:27 am
thanks for the info definitely helped me out in a bind

4. Posted By: Chris2 - - March 17, 2013, 2:21 pm
Stock.XCHNG is not free. You can't download without credits and you have to pay for the credits with real money. Disappointing.

5. Posted By: Image Source - - March 19, 2013, 9:47 am
Thanks for the list. There are loads of sources of free images on the internet, but it would be worth pointing out that just because an image is said to be free, doesn't mean the image is out of copyright. I work for the stock photography agency Image Source and this is a regular topic that comes up for discussion on our Photographer Blog. Sadly, many images are stolen because they are used in ways that breach copyright. Photographers invest a lot of time and money producing images and will react if their images are used in ways that breaches their copyright. If you do use free photos, make sure you read the license terms.

6. Posted By: Jeff - - March 20, 2013, 1:46 pm

Please re-read my description for Stock.XCHNG, primarily the part in bold: Tip: When you search for an image the first and last row of results are from another website ( which charges for photos. But there are four rows of images in between that are free to use.

All you have to do is create a free account at and you can download the four middle rows of images for free.


7. Posted By: John Lee - - May 7, 2013, 9:22 pm
Thanks for the list. Here is a new free photo sharing site that might interest you

8. Posted By: Avishai - - June 2, 2013, 12:46 am
I think that the best place to find images that are content related, copyright free, high quality and automatically placed is htttp://

9. Posted By: hakim - - June 6, 2013, 2:19 pm
I'm looking free image resource for my blog and found your website (thx for the info). After tried simple image search 'kids', I think pixabay give better result than the others.


10. Posted By: misti - - June 8, 2013, 9:28 am
Despite the size of this royalty free music library , is one to watch. Tracks are varied in style, from dance to classical, pop guitars and ambient. Not only do the tracks sound great and original, but the price is great too! $1 per license -and the license is not limited to a set number of projects or reproductions. Considering the prices for most royalty free music, this is a true bargain.

11. Posted By: ericadamson - - June 10, 2013, 5:30 am
Pictures paint a thousand words, so as they say! Thank you for the tips! For your photos and images, kindly check this out Embeds a photo gallery with a 360 view, providing you with a multi-point-of-view experience and its free.

12. Posted By: Christy - - June 27, 2013, 2:20 pm
This is a genuinely helpful list. Stock.xchng is my longtime favorite and you are right on about ignoring the first row of results. There was one on your list that was new to me and another I'd forgotten about, so thanks for taking the time to list them!

13. Posted By: Inder RS - - July 3, 2013, 3:50 am
Well, nice collection !! I prefer using images by some genuine photographers on flickr, which offer their work under creative commons. Recently, I have started a small royalty free images section on my site, where images upto 900x900 pixels are for free by attribution. although the collection is small, but adding more pics every day. this is my site :

14. Posted By: Stanley - - July 6, 2013, 1:06 am
I have found another site which allows to take pics and post them free on your website and blogs.

15. Posted By: matrixilluminos - - July 6, 2013, 6:52 pm has 24, and growing, free images for your site!

16. Posted By: Lea Tassie - - July 8, 2013, 12:13 pm
A great collection of sites. I like Pixabay best. There's marvelous variety and the image display beats the others.

17. Posted By: Curtis Jester - - July 24, 2013, 1:12 pm
thanks for the image links, I got one for my website here and having free photos is a blessing.

18. Posted By: Cris DeRaud - - August 6, 2013, 4:59 am
A good alternative to sxc is

19. Posted By: Cris DeRaud - - August 8, 2013, 8:03 pm
A good alternative to sxc is

20. Posted By: Avishai - - August 13, 2013, 6:31 am
I highly recommend using imonomy for copyright free images, hope it helps:

21. Posted By: John Adams - - August 15, 2013, 1:50 pm
Be aware of the 7 vdays trail on, you have to give away you creditcard info to complite, they will charge you with about 70 buks incase you misses to cancel the rail ;) All i needed was a picture for may Anorexia site.


John Adams

22. Posted By: Riad - - August 17, 2013, 6:30 am
Does all of the photos on those sites legal to be posted on my blog for tips demo and not to commercial use? sorry for my bad english. Thanks.

23. Posted By: Hakon - - August 18, 2013, 6:00 pm
Check out - a lot of free images.

24. Posted By: Jeff - - August 19, 2013, 1:22 pm
Hi Riad,

Yes, they are free to use from the sites above. Just make sure you are getting the photo from the same site or url and not clicking on the photos that are advertising affiliates and are going to a paid site. But if you following my instructions you can figure it out.


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26. Posted By: Bruce McLaren - - September 10, 2013, 9:35 am
This was immensely helpful. Thanks!

27. Posted By: KOMURA - - September 13, 2013, 2:16 am
Two more free image sources sites.

28. Posted By: Linda E. - - September 14, 2013, 11:38 am
Thanks a lot for the info. I am sure i can get few of the required images from above sites.
We also use a website called
If you are a website designer, blogger here you can download high resolution Free stock images for free.

29. Posted By: Sang - - September 23, 2013, 9:41 am
Thanks for the great information. Visitor may also find this free photo downloading site helpful -

30. Posted By: Mike - - September 29, 2013, 7:49 am
Jeyjoo gallery offer absolutely free travel and macro images. Also rgb can be useful.

31. Posted By: Jay - - October 20, 2013, 8:13 am
There's a site called where you can get free cartoon characters and graphics if anyone's looking for that sort of thing.

32. Posted By: Shekar - - October 23, 2013, 4:58 am
Thanks a lot. This post helped me to get a bunch of free images for the ayurvedic remedies site I am currently working on.

33. Posted By: Archbob - - October 28, 2013, 8:19 pm
Check out thousands of free public domain photos for any use

34. Posted By: naialani - - November 1, 2013, 5:55 pm
Great resource! Especially as many agencies, eg Getty Images, are now suing against breaches of royalty infringement.
Someone got sued for USD 100,000 for using 2 or 3 images on their own website and social media site.
There was no warning and they were personal sites!


35. Posted By: kapil shrestha - - November 4, 2013, 6:28 pm
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36. Posted By: hdwallpapersin - - November 12, 2013, 5:06 am
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37. Posted By: Foto di Spalle - - November 12, 2013, 4:40 pm
I'd like to point out the Free Photo site I am putting together:

38. Posted By: project - - November 16, 2013, 8:07 pm
If I use an image from Pixabay in a project of mine, would I still need to cite the image as a resource?

39. Posted By: Batrepreneur - - November 27, 2013, 10:14 am
I can just highly recommend you to use Flickr and their Creative Commons Licenses. Here I made a summary of them:

40. Posted By: Dj - - December 4, 2013, 8:44 am
Thank you so much for the great sites....a life saver

41. Posted By: - - December 19, 2013, 2:11 pm
christofferGALLERIES is a (german) private non-commercial image network which provides royalty free pictures. Visitors are not forced to register or to pay any charge/fee to get free access to our database of more than 3,500 pics (quality between 12 and 24MB=6000x4000px). It's a permanently free img-database where you always can choose some stock-photos out of more than 40GB own material for any legal project. You get royalty free stock images for commercial use instantly.
The latest and biggest URL is where I provide the photos under CC BY licence (you may check under: Rules), limitation and no reduction of resolution. No payable premium-areas or something else. All pics are even free for commercial purpose and suitable for print and/or non-print projects and no login is required. No professional material but we try to create suitable photos

42. Posted By: Ricky Pinedo - - December 21, 2013, 10:46 am
Excellent! Just what I needed! Although most pictures they don't have based on what I was searching for, but it still gets the job done!

43. Posted By: Naveen - - December 27, 2013, 11:39 am
Hi Jeff:

You may add They too offer royalty-free stock images. I have also included the above sites in my old blog post about free stock photos.

~ Naveen

44. Posted By: - - January 7, 2014, 8:52 pm
Thank you for your comments and advises. I'll keep on working.

45. Posted By: Wes - - January 10, 2014, 2:38 am
You can also check out for high quality clip art that are mostly in the public domain.

46. Posted By: Jari - - January 22, 2014, 12:57 am
This is exactly the thing i needed! Thanks dude!

47. Posted By: Linda E. - - January 25, 2014, 1:59 pm
Thanks a lot for the info. I am sure i can get few of the required images from above sites.
We also use a website called
If you are a website designer, blogger here you can download high resolution Free stock images for free.


48. Posted By: Moklet - - February 2, 2014, 1:04 am
A site which contains free clipart images

49. Posted By: Chauvestor - - February 5, 2014, 3:14 pm
Thanks for a sharing your photo source. Awesome images!

50. Posted By: scheve - - March 12, 2014, 10:59 am
i will publish the fotos here