Free music for your projects

Music plays a huge part in video production, but it isn't always easy to find and it can be really expensive. So, why not start with some free songs? Don't worry - these are all legal and perfect for your videos.

I like free things. Who doesn't like free things?

I've used iStockPhoto before for finding music for my projects, and not only is it an awful user experience, it's rather difficult to find the right song (especially when you have to pay around £20 per track.

So lets have a look at a few free options:

Wistia

The video hosting company Wistia have provided two albums worth of free tracks for you to use in your videos! Head over to their site to download and use them. No catches, just great songs for free - created by Dan Mills. You don't need to credit them for using the music, but I know they will appreciate you tweeting them the video so they can check it out!

Wistia's free music tracks - just enter your email and enjoy.

Wistia's free music tracks - just enter your email and enjoy.

YouTube

There are a whole bunch of songs just added to YouTube that anyone can use as background music. Genres include classical, jazz, pop and more. They are all free to download and use. Plus if you are musically talented, you can submit your songs to be added to the library. Check out the audio library right here.

YouTube's audio library - packed with free music.

YouTube's audio library - packed with free music.

Another cool feature is that you can add these songs to YouTube videos that you have already uploaded. If your video was uploaded without sound, then an option will appear in your video manager to add music (see below). Alternatively, you can use the audio editor to add the track to a video that already has sound - This is good for removing any copyright restrictions you might have.

In your video manager, add songs using the 'add music' button.

In your video manager, add songs using the 'add music' button.

SoundCloud

Things on SoundCloud work a little differently. Loads of people have very kindly uploaded songs for commercial use. Use the advanced search on the left to narrow down the results to show 'to use commercially' tracks. You will also need to read the creators rules - often they just want a link to their site in your video/description - which isn't a lot to ask for some free beats.

Use advanced search to find songs to use commercially

Use advanced search to find songs to use commercially

So next time you are editing, have a look at all these options - you might even bring your video to the next level with a great song.

 

Let me know in the comments if you have another other ways of getting free music!

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