Royalty-free music and audio for video production

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.

For more info on how to use music legally and ethically, check out this story about copyright and fair use, and take advantage of legal advice from the Student Press Law Center.


Audio Nautix – All music in this online collection created by Jason Shaw.  Released underCreative Commons license 3.0

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.) – 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/

Youtube Music Library


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