Downloading free music for videos
by Ron Buice
Visitor Question: Adding music to videos is a must even if just a short intro or exit, 5 min or 50 min. All the free sites are not completely free. Some say royalty free but you still have to pay to download. It can be very confusing and frustrating when you want to do a short video for youtube and they block it.
I am in the process of doing a video of my sister's son who recently passed. She lives a good distance from me so I wanted to post it on youtube.
Are there any completely free sites to get music when you are doing a short home video?
How about the pay sites such as donate or pay per song etc. or the "sign up" sites. If I'm doing a good video I don't mind paying a reasonable amount but, I don't want to get ripped off so do you have any recommendations?
Desktop Documentaries | Answer
Great question. Yes, there are some "free" music sites out there. Here are a few that we have used:SoundCloudccMixterFree Music Archive
Another great source for "free" clips, including music, concerts and movies is the Internet Archive found at archive.org
With all the above, make sure you read the licensing stipulations for each piece of music. Many of the copyright owners use something called a Creative Commons
license which will allow you to use their work for free as long as you give them a credit in your video.
Learn more about music rights for videos and documentaries
If anyone else has ideas or suggestions, please leave a comment below. Good luck Ron!