Anyone doing professional ( or even personal) videos knows that licensing music can get expensive and that sometimes just getting record labels to respond to your emails can take an act of God. So to get that perfect sound for your videos, do you just toss licensing out the window and buy the song off iTunes? No! You’d get a take down notice in no time. And while I think big media would be better off to go the way of Amanda Palmer… it’s not happening!
What’s worse is, because of the stringent enforcement of ownership (not necessary in compliance copyright law), even if you meet the standers for “fair use” found in Title 17 U.S. CODE § 107 YouTube, and many other sharing sites like it, will use Content ID match that doesn’t take into account fair use. A lot of times fighting for “fair use” with an automated system is more trouble than it’s worth. So what are you to do?
2 Great Solutions For Finding Royalty Free Music Online
AudioJungle – Pay by track original music at very low prices for personal and web use, and optional licensing for larger projects where the end products is sold. I’ve used this for many professional projects with no problems. They offer a very wide selection of music at a very low-cost with a simple licensing plan that can be found here.
SongFreedom – a subscription (or pay per track) library offering some fairly big name artists such as Jason Mraz, Amos Lee, and Train. Because of the caliber of artists, if you are distributing on YouTube, odds are high that you will have to appeal a copyright claim and show YouTube your licensing agreement. Not as cheap as AudioJungle, this site is still very reasonably priced at just $49.99 per song for Standard Licenses and only $199.99 per song for Commercial Licenses. Full licensing can be found here
NOTE: Royalty free is not free. It just means you only need to pay for the item once per end product. You don’t need to continue to pay based on the number of people who see or use it.