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9 Freeware Music Sites: Free Songs for Use on YouTube Videos

9 Freeware Music Sites  Free Songs for Use on YouTube VideosI get lots of questions about freeware music sites. If you have listened to my music and you still need more options, here are some suggestions for free songs for use on YouTube videos from Russell Hasenauer at Indy Mogul:

In this segment of “Friday 101” Russell tackles the often asked question of where to find free online music that users can legally add to their Youtube videos, movies, or other projects, you can see this pages even if you don’t know the language by using sites as Localizer.co that translate the site to your language. As a result, Russell presents his “Friday 101 Ultimate Awesome Free Music List F’Real 2012” along with a brief introduction to Creative Commons licenses.

All of the music sites that Russell presents in this episode of “Friday 101” provide free music. This is made possible by Creative Commons Licensing, which allows people to use content if they abide by the terms of the content’s creator. In doing this, the creator maintains the copyright on his or her own work. The only requirement for using Creative Commons music is that one needs to maintain the license of the creator’s choosing. While you can visit CreativeCommons.Org for more information, below is a synopsis of all the kinds of CC licenses you may encounter:

Attribution license: this is the simplest license to work with, because it allows you to do whatever you want with the work. You can alter it and use it for commercial purposes, and all you need to do is attribute it back to the original creator, usually with a link to the person’s page.

Share-alike license: This license stipulates that if you use a song or other piece of content, the work in which you use it should itself become a Creative Commons work. This means that if you use a song with a share-alike license for your movie, then your movie should also be available via Creative Commons.

NoDerivs license: This license stipulates song or content may be used in different projects, but that you cannot alter it in any way or remix it.

The last license is called the NonCommercial License, which allows free use of a piece of music (and it allows alterations), but only if that music will not be used for monetization purposes. If you plan to monetize your videos, be especially careful with these kinds of licenses.

In terms of finding great sources of free music for your videos, movies, and projects, Russell’s first suggestion is Kevin MacLeod from Incompetech. MacLeod has over 2,000 songs on his website, all of which are free to use for Youtube videos, commercials, or films. If you’re a Youtube partner using his music, you have the option to monetize your videos. MacLeod’s only requirement is that users give him credit for his work, whether in the movie titles or in the description of the uploaded video. MacLeod’s Incompetech is one of the largest music websites (providing the music for this very “Friday 101” video) that allow users to search for music by genre and by field.

In addition to MacLeod, Josh Woodward at JoshWoodward.com is another source for music. Woodward generally does acoustic music with lyrics, but one benefit of using his site is that almost all his songs have an instrumental version. This comes in handy when you’re making a movie and suddenly need to fade out the lyrics and only leave in the music.

Another source for a variety of free music is Free Music Archive. Because this particular site has many licenses, when searching for music, so do through the site’s search bar on the right-hand side. After clicking on “search music” you will get a search box, in which you should check off “commercial purposes” so that the results will give you songs that are fine to use for monetized projects.

Royalty Free Kings is another website that offers a wide selection of free music. When searching the site, Russell recommends that you scroll down the menu on the left-hand side of the website to find the free music section. If you use their music, be sure to give them credit and link back to their website. Be aware that they have a $250,000 budget cap, which means that if your project’s budget exceeds $250K, you cannot use their music for free.

Matt MacFarland at MattMacFarland is another easy-to-use website for free music. This is an attribution-only music website, and they sort their music according to the tempo. Audionautix, like Matt MacFarland, just requires you to place a link back to their website and currently features over 250 songs of different genres. Anthony Kozar also has a few tracks that may suit the tastes of those looking for experimental-sounding music.

FreeMusicForVideos is yet another site that offers free music for your video projects. They offer a wide selection and their interface is user-friendly. Another website recently found by Russell is BeatsRoyaltyFree. This website features all kinds of genres, but especially hip-hop and electronic beats. All music on this site is free to use commercially, unless the page from which you download the song states otherwise.

There are also new websites from which to choose. Make sure to contact the following artists first before using their music: The first is a group recommended by a viewer, Tyler Johnson, who recommends music by a group called Noize Index. The group makes a wide array of their music available through their YouTube page. There are two other SoundCloud pages worth mentioning: the first is by Abhilash Buch who owns the page, SoapandFoam and has created music for Indie Mogul. He’s recently made his music available for creative commons, along with his brother, Tanmay Buch at TanmayBuch. Tanmay also just opened up a music page available for Creative Commons usage.

Russell recommends that if you like the music all of the above artists provide, and find yourself using it over and over, you can donate a few dollars to them. The majority of these artists have a Paypal account linked to their music websites. An attribution, as well as a small monetary donation, is a great way to show your support. Below are a couple of videos that Abhilash scored for Russell, so you can get an idea of his work.

In addition, here is a list of all the above-mentioned sites. Make sure to check these sites carefully, as some rules may have changed since this video was filmed:

Incompetech.com
JoshWoodward.com
FreeMusicArchive.org
RoyaltyFreeKings.com
MattMacFarland.com
Audionautix.com
AnthonyKozar.net/Music
FreeMusicForVideos.com
BeatsRoyaltyFree.com
YouTube.com/NoizeIndex
SoundCloud.com/SoapandFoam
SoundCloud.com/Tanmay_Buch


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