Semi-Comprehensive guide to free or cheap royalty free music

I've used both MusOpen and
The Petrucci Music Library:
http://imslp.org/

for classical music. They often have different recordings, sometimes with slightly different instrumentation or arrangements - which can be useful if one of them is not suitable.
 
I just made my music catalog available for licensing. Most of it was originally film score music for other indie and student films, but some may find it useful for their projects as a cheaper alternative. They're all available at 24/48, and the catalog is fully searchable with a large amount of metadata (instruments, genres, moods, etc.). Many of the tracks also have stems and/or alternate versions.

http://www.resolutionmusiccollection.com

Hope this is helpful! :coffee:
 
***** Legal Footnote about RFM *****

To be a bit more detailed about RFM... and to help people avoid legal problems later....
For anybody not entirely sure what Royalty free music is, the commonly agreed upon definition goes like this. You pay for a license once to use the music for as long as you want.

-- NOTE -- It's usually as simple as that. Although you need to check the terms and license agreement of each music library to be sure there isn't some kind of exception.

This license sounds great for a low budget filmmaker. "Pay once and use it in anything I make".

Originally, traditionally, and almost without exception.... Royalty-Free was created to eliminate "Mechanical" royalties associated with licensing. Prior to RFM, licensing music required a payment for mechanical copies of the final media produced. For someone doing a corporate video that was being distro via DVD... this mechanical fee would be a nasty expense for a relatively low value and low exposure production.

RFM was never intended to mean "purchase once and get unlimited uses in unlimited productions". In fact, for the MAJORITY of RFM libraries.... including most of those listed in this article... music is licensed on a single-use, perpetuity, mechanical-royalty-free, basis. Websites that offer multiple-use purchases are the minority.

That's a VERY important distinction.
 
Are there any more websites that have free royalty free music? It seems that everyone uses these sites and the tracks are not really unique on YouTube anymore.

My channel is based around sketches and dramedies and I am in need of some really fresh music!.. Any resources on FRESH free RFM music would be great :)
 
hey nightfalcon i just received an email about more than 100 royalty free music tracks which the composer is giving out for free. recently i had the chance to listen to the tracks and i was actually very impressed with the quality.
I use Royalty Free Music a lot and I have never heard of him before so i would assume the tracks are very fresh. Maybe it would work for you check him out: http://www.909music.com/free-music
 
hey nightfalcon i just received an email about more than 100 royalty free music tracks which the composer is giving out for free. recently i had the chance to listen to the tracks and i was actually very impressed with the quality.
I use Royalty Free Music a lot and I have never heard of him before so i would assume the tracks are very fresh. Maybe it would work for you check him out: http://www.909music.com/free-music

But be careful what you're using it for... if you read his "License Agreement" there are quite a few restrictions... Here's one...
3.5 Licensed Material shall not be incorporated into a logo, corporate ID, trademark or service mark, nor used as the theme song for any film, television show, or other broadcast or program, without obtaining the prior written consent of 909 Music. - See more at: https://www.909music.com/information/license#sthash.EirRTDKk.dpuf
 
hey nightfalcon i just received an email about more than 100 royalty free music tracks which the composer is giving out for free. recently i had the chance to listen to the tracks and i was actually very impressed with the quality.
I use Royalty Free Music a lot and I have never heard of him before so i would assume the tracks are very fresh. Maybe it would work for you check him out: http://www.909music.com/free-music

Hey thanks cannonmaster for this link. I signed up on their site and free tracks are quite impressive. It's pretty much what I was looking for :)
 
But be careful what you're using it for... if you read his "License Agreement" there are quite a few restrictions... Here's one...
3.5 Licensed Material shall not be incorporated into a logo, corporate ID, trademark or service mark, nor used as the theme song for any film, television show, or other broadcast or program, without obtaining the prior written consent of 909 Music. - See more at: https://www.909music.com/information/license#sthash.EirRTDKk.dpuf


As far as my law knowledge goes what that means is you cannot register that music under a specific logo or corporate ID. For example the very famous 20th Century FOX music that everyone has heard before the movies begin, that music is the property of 20th Century FOX/News Corp.

Since the copyright to this music belongs to the composer of that website the agreement says you cannot "incorporate" into other brands. There is a difference between "incorporation" and "usage". I've read these agreements in many other Royalty-Free Music type sites and seems pretty normal.

Great material and once again thanks to cannonmaster for the referral :D
 
As far as my law knowledge goes what that means is you cannot register that music under a specific logo or corporate ID. For example the very famous 20th Century FOX music that everyone has heard before the movies begin, that music is the property of 20th Century FOX/News Corp.

You're partially right... but "the theme song for any film, television show, or other broadcast or program" doesn't have anything to do with your assumption. It's fairly clear that you can't use this music for that purpose without paying for it. The sticky part, regarding film, is what constitutes a theme legally. In film particularly, it isn't limited to just the opening credits.
 
You're partially right... but "the theme song for any film, television show, or other broadcast or program" doesn't have anything to do with your assumption. It's fairly clear that you can't use this music for that purpose without paying for it. The sticky part, regarding film, is what constitutes a theme legally. In film particularly, it isn't limited to just the opening credits.

I hope thats not the case. I am just sending them an email to confirm this. The music is really nice and would really love to use some of the tracks right away for a pending project i had. Let me reply back here after i have heard from that 909 guy
 
Just got a reply back from the owner of 909. He said that he is giving away his personal catalog for free. All tracks on the specific free music page can be used for free in unlimited use. Speaking of the contract he said exactly what i mentioned, the music cannot be incorporated with another brand. So as it stands all the music here is free: https://www.909music.com/free-music

:D :D good times.. the music is lovely!!
 
Just got a reply back from the owner of 909. He said that he is giving away his personal catalog for free. All tracks on the specific free music page can be used for free in unlimited use. Speaking of the contract he said exactly what i mentioned, the music cannot be incorporated with another brand. So as it stands all the music here is free: https://www.909music.com/free-music

:D :D good times.. the music is lovely!!

wwooww night falcon good job confirming this.. thanks for the update.. yeah the music is truly unique and really high quality :)
 
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