Where to find royalty free music

The internet is an abundant source of royalty free music. Just searching for the term on Google will already net you many different useful results. On the first page alone you will find several ads for royalty free music websites, as well as some useful resources regarding licencing for your project.

The first thing you need to understand about royalty free music is the “free” part — the music is not necessarily free, but you are free from having to pay royalties for usage. Most of the time you only need to pay a single fee for the music you want to use, and you can use it for as long as you want. The usage licences in some applications do however, have a finite duration, so make sure you know exactly what the legality is for your application.

If your project budget is very low, or you are working completely without a budget, you will be glad to know that there are several sites where you can download free music. These tracks are usually licenced under Creative Commons, and require you to give credit to the creators of the music. In a YouTube project this is easy to do: you just add the information to your video description field, and then perhaps add a link.

With a bit of searching you are sure to find the exact music you are looking for, since royalty free music is not a specific kind of music. It is also not indicative of a certain standard of production quality. It merely means that you don’t pay royalties to use it. If you want an orchestral score in your project, you will find suitable music. Likewise, if a heavy guitar riff is exactly what you need, you will find royalty free heavy metal. There is something for every taste and application, so just ask Google to find you what you are looking for.

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