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Best source for royalty-free/copyleft/creative commons music?

Asked by organicreform (8 points ) August 30th, 2008

I am a freelance video journalist/indie filmmaker and was hoping that someone out there could point me in the right direction. I’m looking to find royalty-free/copyleft/creative commons music (the idea is that once I sell my video pieces, I can give the musicians a cut of the profit). For example, sites like Current TV or LonelyPlanet TV. Here’s a short video I made asking the same question…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrLdhg8Lfsk

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generalspecific's avatar

jamendo.com is wonderful

ps. i reccomend the heavens and the album changes in mind by the golden dawn :)

sndfreQ's avatar

http://www.ccmixter.org

http://forum.foem.info

Both require sign-up but are free of charge…

sndfreQ's avatar

Also a commercial site ilike iTunes for pro DJs etc.: Beatport.com

Also other commercial library companies:

Sound-ideas.com
Sound-dogs.com
Nettworkmusic.com
Nonstopmusic.com
Manhattanmusic.com

bluemukaki's avatar

I can also reccommend the Internet Archive, they keep a lot of ‘netlabel’ stuff on there.

Vincentt's avatar

Jamendo, of course. The number one top spot. I find it very difficult to find good music on there (in fact, I never managed to), but they definitely have the biggest offering.

Also be sure to check out http://creativecommons.org/audio , a directory of CC-targeted audio sites.

axgrindr's avatar

Why not pay one small up front fee, get some really high quality music and forget about searching through huge libraries of less than usable music and paying a fee for every video you sell.

Take a look at:

www.musicloops.com
www.partnersinrhyme.com
www.sound-effect.com

No performing rights fee required either one these sites.

sutros's avatar

www.sutros.com
It is a new platform that let’s musicians and organizations post their music under the creative commons license.

I would like to add that there are many different creative commons licenses and not all of them allow you to use the music for commercial purposes (even if you intend to pay the artist…)
check out www.sutros.com/lucas_gonze. He has some great tracks under a very unrestricted license (which means that you can use them even for commercial purposes..
enjoy

ToddDurrant's avatar

I agree with axgrindr, it is easier to just pay for royalty free music upfront. I’ve had good luck using www.productiontrax.com . Another option that may work is finding a composer you like on Myspace or Facebook and work out a deal with them individually.

shadling21's avatar

Oh yeah… I recently fell in love with incompetech.com. Some great stuff there.

heidihowes's avatar

My favorite is http://www.danosongs.com/ totally royalty free, creative commons, great stuff!

Janet88's avatar

All sorts of royalty free music at SFXsource Sound Effect and Royalty Free Music Library

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