Royalty-free music

Because copyright infringement has been a hot topic recently, I feel that this post should be helpful.

When you’re making a film, short, or commercial, a lot of times you’ll need to add music in to enhance the experience. However, for those of us without access to someone who creates their own music, this can be difficult to do. And because most of the music out there is copyrighted, it costs an excessive amount to acquire the licenses, it pushes the project outside of the budget range.

I have two websites that you can use as resources to acquire music for your project. Their cost is much smaller than it would be to create your own, or to license the most recent top 40 hit.

The First is Freeplay Music. It has a laundry list of different genres and situations that are available to download. And if it is something that you want to use, there are different pricing structures depending on your needs.

The Second is Audio Jungle. This site has everything from background audio to sound effects. Most tracks are extremely affordable. As with most sites, there is also a pricing structure based on how you will be using the sound files.

And there you have it: places to acquire audio for your productions. Use them often!

Edit: Don’t forget Music Revolution! Details in first comment. My favorite feature is being able to select music based on the influences that you want. In other words, if you want to use Guns ‘N Roses, but Axl Rose is asking for more than your budget, they have some more affordable options.

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