Finding music can be painful.
People often ask in our filmmaking courses where to find music. Because sadly, you can’t just use whatever music you like for your videos. It needs to be copyright/royalty-free.
The right music track can make an enormous impact on your video. It helps support your message by guiding the viewer to feel a certain way.
So it’s worth the time to find the perfect track, even if it’s painstaking.
But before we go any further, I need to address a MASSIVE pet peeve of mine.
Never ever have your music too loud that you can’t hear your subject speaking.
It’s crazy how common this is! There's no point interviewing your subject if you’re just going to drown them out in music. So, err on the side of caution – it’s better to have your music slightly too quiet than too loud.
Below you'll find several options for free or subscription-based music sites.
YouTube Audio Library (free)
YouTube’s Audio Library is a solid free option.
To access it you’ll need a Google account connected to YouTube.
You can browse by genre and mood, and you can also download sound effects.
It’s a popular platform so keep in mind that you might have already heard some of the music in other videos online.
Artlist (paid – $22/month)
Artlist is my first paid choice. I think it’s worth it.
You’ll find that the quality of music is like you’d hear on the radio, rather than just background material.
There’s a massive selection of tracks and super nice user experience. There’s also just one pricing option which keeps things simple.
ccMixter is another great free option with a huge library of music.
Often the tracks require an acknowledgement to the artist in your video description. This is easily done, but keep it in mind.
Free Music Archive (free, obviously!)
Another free option to add to your bookmarks.
Free Music Archive has an awesome website and a great browsing system to find the right music for your videos.
Between YouTube Audio Library and ccMixter, that’s plenty of free options for you to crawl through.
Soundstripe (paid – $17/month)
Soundstripe is another paid option, but with an affordable subscription.
Like with Artlist, the music you find on these sites are often better quality, and the browsing systems are much easier to refine.
You might find yourself starting with a free platform and moving to a paid subscription once you’ve exhausted the free options.