Music for Movies

A list of royalty free and paid for music sites to accompany your video projects.
This site offers unlimited access to all its music for an annual fee of $200 ($199).
A mixture of music and effects available to buy (or sell), which are royalty free and Podsafe.
View the site’s FAQ here to find out more:
Download free background music for video and film, adverts, internet, games, presentation. Free to use for commercial and non-commercial productions.
Licences for web, film, tv, documentary, slideshows, presentations etc. You can download and test music before licensing.
Via the site:
“I am a Composer and Musician based in France who has been writing music for more than 10 years. My work was featured in projects from animations, corporate videos, commercials to short films and documentaries.
Most of my Royalty Free Music is available for sale at, a marketplace for royalty free stock music and sound effects. You can buy my stuff there for your commercial project or for supporting me and this Website”.

CC Mixer
Creative Commons Mixer is a ‘community’ site that offers free music, effects, sound loops etc. Check the licence e.g. some require a credit in your video. You should automatically do this anyway, as a matter of recognition and courtesy. WT.
Via the site: ”
Hi, I’m Dan-O and I post my original music as free MP3 downloads here on You can listen to the songs online or download the tracks. It’s also legal to use the music royalty free in your video, game, film, presentation, slideshow or website.You have my permission to use the songs for personal or commercial use. I use a simple creative commons license that allows you to use the tracks legally. If you are adding the music in your project and you want to use it royalty free, these are the terms:

1. Free with credit to: Music by Dan-O at See the License FAQ for credit options.

2. Without credit donate at least $10 US per track or buy the package: Donating is an easy way to use one of my tracks by giving you more freedom when sharing your project. For donation options click here. The package offers the most publishing flexibility and access to 77+ mp3s on your hard drive. If you have questions see the License FAQ.

Just for listening: Also on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and every other major music service. Search danosongs or your favorite song name”.

Dexter Britain
Dexter is a ‘soundtrack composer’. Most, though not all of Dexter’s music is licenced under creative commons, so can be used for free under those same terms, mainly ‘attribution’, which means you have to credit him and preferably link to his website. Please visit for more details. Some very cinematic pieces.
Suggested by a comment from Sandra (see comments below). Music is for online/multimedia use, with prices as tar as can be seen, roughly in the €100 to €130 range. Music for TV, broadcast, film and TV advertising have separate rates. The site appears in 8 different languages, so you may need to click on the ‘English’ symbol to read text in English.
A site where you can search the Web for sound effects.
Via the site: “Every mp3 you discover on The Free Music Archive is pre-cleared for certain types of uses that would otherwise be prohibited by copyright laws that were not designed for the digital era.  These uses vary and are determined by the rights holders themselves (please see our FAQ) who feel that allowing a degree of free cultural access is beneficial not only to their own pursuits, but to our society as a whole.  Are you a podcaster looking for pod-safe audio?  A radio or video producer searching for instrumental bed music that won’t put your audience to sleep?  A remix artist looking for pre-cleared samples?  Or are you simply looking for some new sounds to add to your next playlist?  The Free Music Archive is a resource for all that and more, and unlike other websites, all of the audio has been hand-picked by established audio curators.”
Please visit site for further details.

Free Soundtrack Music
This site provides royalty-free tracks for use in video, film and multimedia projects. Some are paid for tracks, but the free ones are identifiable as ‘Free’. Take care to use the correct licence.
Pay once royalty free music. Usually around $20 per piece.

You need to log in to create an account with Jamendo in order to access music that is ‘free’ i.e. used under ‘creative commons’ licence. Please make sure that you abide by any creative commons licence agreements. Jamendo has over 400,000 tracks to browse.

“Creative Commons are licenses that enable musicians to give away their music for free while protecting their rights. They are easy to use and compatible with internet standards, and allow rights holders to authorize (or not) certain uses of their music, such as commercial uses and derived works.”

“Free music is music that is not managed by performance rights organizations (PRS, ASCAP, SOCAN, BMI, BUMA, JASRAC…). Artists choose to protect their rights through specific non exclusive licenses such as Creative Commons. ‘Free music’ doesn’t necessarily mean free-of-cost or devoid of any rights restrictions, it means “some rights reserved”. Artists define what rights they grant on their music through their choice of license.”
Incompetech was created by well-known composer Kevin MacLeod and offers a very large selection of free music under a variety of categories.

Visit the FAQ page for further details:
An electronic musician based in Frieburg in Germany.
For more information about the kinds of compositions available in the FSM royalty free production music library, go to theSearch Dramatic Categories, Genres and and Emotions descriptions page.
Josh has over 180 songs which you can use freely, under a ‘creative commons’ licence, which acknowledges/credits the author. Songs can be downloaded individually or you may wish to support his efforts by purchasing single songs for $1 or the whole collection for $40. Downloaded files are in MP3 format, but purchased files are in lossless FLAC format and include instrumental versions.

(Formally known
Via the site: “Marmoset is an off the beaten path, boutique music agency born among the green, mountainous landscapes of the rain soaked Pacific Northwest. While we enjoy working on all kinds of inspired and creative endeavors, we spend most of our time crafting original music for story-driven mediums in the public eye. We also curate a hand picked roster of some of the most fascinating independent artists on the planet, whose recordings are made available for licensing”.

Moby Gratis
Moby have made over 150 of their music tracks available for free.
Via the Mobi Gratis site:
“This site is a resource for independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short.Moby has made a selection of over 150 tracks from his huge catalog of music available to licence for free, via a simple online application system.To begin just create a new account, browse thecatalog and fill in your application for the tracks you would like to use. You should receive a response to your application within 24 hours.”
Royalty free music across many genres for “videos, youtube projects, podcasts, games etc.”
Prices seem to average around $19.

Musopen provides access to music whose copyright has expired.Via the Musopen site:
Musopen ( is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on improving access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials. We provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. Put simply, our mission is to set music free.”
Small collection of music files sold in packages for between $40 and $100. Excellent production values.

PacDV offer free music and audio effects.

Via the PacDV site:
“You may use these tracks free of charge in your video, film, audio and multimedia productions. All we ask is that you link back to our siteor mention “Music by” in your credits. Please, note that you are not allowed re-sell these music tracks to others, post on a web site for download (as downloadable music tracks), or link directly to the individual music tracks on our server”.

Partners in Rhyme
Partners in Rhyme offer a mixture of free and paid for music content.
Make sure to check the licence agreement for your chosen track.
Via the site: “ provides high quality Royalty Free Music for all new and traditional media, including websites, online videos, slide shows, DVDs and CD-ROMs, television, radio, films, etc.”.

This site provides access to music where copyright has expired. As such it tends to be older music tracks e.g. from the early 1900’s and is now free. There is some more up-to-date music that is free because of the artists’ permission.
“Purple Planet Music is owned by Chris Martyn, Geoff Harvey and Mark Fildes. They work out of Leeds and Manchester in the north of England”. The duo have a range of free, royalty free and premium music for download.
All music in their free section can be used for the following:
YouTube & vimeo videos; educational projects; movie trailers; movies; TV productions; backing tracks for musicians; to play along to surround sound; ambient; Blu-Ray discs (
In exchange you are asked to add a link in the text to your video that credits exactly as follows:
“Music:” offers free sound clips for download in either wav or mp3 format.
Extensive audio repository, so you will have to search for individual songs/music compositions.
A young, (24 years of age), Irish music composer based in Waterford. His services cover compositions for games, films and general media [no longer undertaking student related projects]
The Music Bed, provide a licensing to filmmakers for particular pieces of music, and for any purpose, including ‘Internal’, ‘Streaming’ and ‘External’, as well as quotes for specific ventures.
(As of April 2016) New music site for YouTubers where videographers ‘crowdsource’ music from musicians, and agree their own terms for licensing royalty-free/originally composed music. The site is still under development.
Vimeo has a large range of tracks for your video, some are free, others are pay-per-use, but vary in price from $2 upwards.

YouTube has an audio library, with over 150 royalty-free music tracks for use with your videos. You need to log in directly to your YouTube account in order to access or browse the library. Sounds can be sorted by genre, mood, instrument and so on. This is a fairly recent development, so the library is not as extensive as other sites – yet!


Sound FX websites:


Happy editing!


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