Music for Video Producers

| August 29, 2011

Music can make or break a video, but finding Creative Commons music can be tedious.  Luckily there are some great sites that feature artists who make Creative Commons music that can be used in video projects.

Free Music Archive is definitely one of my favorite sites to download Creative Commons music for video projects.  Make sure to check the license by clicking on the track – there’s a variety of licenses on the site.  In addition, FMA curates a monthly series called Tracks to Sync that features Creative Commons tracks for video producers to download and use. They also have a great collection of “(Mostly) Instrumental Albums Licensed for Reuse in Video.”

Jamendo is an exclusively Creative Commons music site.  You will probably eventually find something you like.  It’s easy to get lost and sometimes it helps to navigate from the tags page.

MobyGratis requires a log in, but once you get in you can listen to tracks by different artists and negotiate with them about licensing their music.

Archive.org already has an amazing collection of public domain and CC video, but they also have a Community Audio page.

opsound is a small site that has some nice offerings.

ccmixter is kind of a pain to navigate, and I can’t say I’ve had a lot of luck downloading music from here, but maybe it’s worth a try?

publicdomain4u has some historic public domain gems.

Musopen has quite a bit of classical music for free download and use.

Feel free to comment with your own suggestions.