Below is a list of sources for royalty-free music and other audio tracks for video production. Although using music in news stories isn’t always a good idea, there are many times when we need music to enhance a video or broadcast journalism project. Intros for newscasts, sports highlights, tributes and slide shows can all benefit from an appropriate soundtrack.
AudioFarm – Upload your own music or download from independent artists.
Brainy Betty – Hundreds of free PowerPoint templates, backgrounds, animations, music for presentations, royalty free photos, tutorials, flash and video introductions, & teacher resources.
ccMixter – Download, sample, cut-up or share
Free Music Archive – (I recommend searching by genre on this site.)
FreeMusicPublicDomain.com – The songs can be licensed for educational use for free. (Creative commons license) – Users can also purchase standard licenses of songs for $25 each.
Free Stock Music – 100% free video production music
FreeSound – Collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds.
Getty Images–In addition to royalty-free photos and videos, the site also has good quality royalty-free music, too.
Incompetech by Kevin MacLeod
Jamendo – Free music downloads for private use & royalty-free music for commercial purposes.
Legal Music for Videos – Creative Commons
Moby Gratis – A project by ambient/electronic musician Moby, this site has high quality music that can be used for free for non-profits and students.
Partners in Rhyme – Royalty-Free music & sound effects
Sea Breeze Computers – page of multiple links
SoundBible– Free sound clips, sound bites, and sound effects
Bensound–Free music, organized by genre. Uses Creative Commons licensing/