In order to choose the royalty-free music that we will use in our audiovisual project -be it a video, a presentation or an advertisement- we must first determine if the final use we are going to give it will be of one type or another.
To make it easier, we have prepared this mini-form below:
This distinction between the two uses is essential in order to be able to correctly choose the type of royalty-free music we will finally use.
Remember, professional use is given when the project is from a company or agency, will be part of a monetized Youtube channel or a TV commercial, while personal use is given when the project is for individual use and does not represent a company or is going to take any economic benefit from it, either directly or indirectly.
Music for professional video production
Royalty-Free Music is an economical solution that allows you to legally add quality music to your project.
The question is… Why will someone pay for royalty-free music if there is also free music?
For several reasons:
- Because the person or company that buys the music wants to be legally backed by the acquisition of a license.
- Because they need music of a higher quality than the ones you can find for free.
- Because they need ease of use and to be able to edit and modify parts of the song in a simple way (the payment solutions often offer different versions of the same song).
- Because they want to save time looking for music and payment solutions usually have good search engines with a multitude of options as well as good classifications under musical genres.
- Because the person or company that buys the music does not want to attribute (mention) the artist to his project, which is compulsory in the free music under Creative Commons licenses.
If that is your case, the best option is to go to Audiojungle. In this marketplace, we can find more than half a million songs and sound effects well classified and available for download acquiring a license.
Now, once the perfect song is found in Audiojungle, we have another problem: there are five different licenses depending on where the project is going to be published and the size of our audience.
How to know wich one I have to choose?
That’s why we have prepared this small form that will guide you through them:
Below you can listen to several royalty-free songs extracted directly from our portfolio on Audiojungle:
If there is any doubt or if there is a hypothetical situation that we have not covered, you can always write us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will answer asap.
Music for Personal Video Production
Remember, personal use is given when the project is for individual use and does not represent any company nor do we plan to take any economic benefit from it, either directly or indirectly.
In that case, we can use free Public Domain music (after 70 years of the death of the artist, the work goes into the public domain, as long as it has not transmitted that right) or under the famous Creative Commons licenses, specially created to share artistic works on the Internet.
The only drawback then is to familiarize ourselves with these licenses, since there are 6 different types and depending on it, we will have more or less freedom when using that piece of music.
Of course, ALWAYS we must mention the artist somewhere in our project, either in the credits of the video or for example in the description when uploading it to a platform like Youtube.
Here’s a list of websites from which to get this kind of music:
- : Within its audio library, the same Youtube has both music and sound effects of all genres, 100% free. Most of the times we would have to attribute the author.
- : A mix of musical community and marketplace for downloading songs under license. You can download free music for your projects if they are only for personal use.
- (FMA): Free songs under Creative Commons licenses. To use them, we should mention the artist in our project.
- : Over 70 songs ready to download. The use is limited to personal projects.
- : Creative Commons licensing by attribution is free -attribution MUST be given to make this legal-, but they do suggest a $5 donation as a kindness.
- : Experimental sounds and songs for video games. Enter here only if you didn’t find what you’re searching for, they have good music.
As well as another specific list for sound effects:
- : These high-quality sound effects are selected by the best sound engineers.
- : It’s a collection of 100% original sounds made by its users.
- : Another website that sells sound effects but with a free section that has 24 categories.
- : A site with 30 categories and a wide selection.
- : It’s the sound effects section of a company that makes documentaries and promotional videos.
As always, we recommend carefully reading the terms and conditions on each of these pages and, if we are not sure that a song is under a specific license, it is best not to use it.