Music is a vital part of any film or video. It can be used to create a certain mood for interpreting the visuals on screen. Same visuals can have different interpretation with different music. This is because we perceive films audio-visually and in our subconscious mind audio designs how we should interpret the visuals.
If you are on a low budget, hiring a Composer for your film might be difficult. You might want some specific type of music for a certain part and you can get it from the internet (a track by your favorite artist) but as soon as you upload your video you might get a copyright violation warning. To avoid this you should use Royalty Free Music.
Royalty Free Music– It means it’s free of any royalty fees. It does not necessarily mean it’s completely free of charge, it just means once you buy the track, you can use it in your film and do not have to pay anything else regardless how many times your video has been watched. There are sites where you can download completely free of charge Royalty Free Music.
Here are 10 websites where you can download Royalty Free Music-
Free Soundtrack Music–http://www.freesoundtrackmusic.com/
Here you can find royalty-free tracks for use in films, and YouTube videos. Some of the track has a price, but completely FREE tracks are also available.
It is one of the best places to find royalty-free music. It has a huge library and many YouTube video uses tracks from there. It has an easy search option which allows you to select music based on genre, mood, or by an instrument.
In ccMixter is you can find tons of music that fall under the Creative Commons license. The site lets you listen to music, sample music, and more.
Josh Woodward– https://www.joshwoodward.com
Here, you can find varieties of music, mostly with vocals written and recorded by Josh Woodward himself . His whole library is available for free, only you have to give him due credit on your video.
Moby Gratis– http://www.mobygratis.com/
MobyGratis.com provides many tracks for free download and use. All these tracks are composed by Moby Gratis himself. They are ideal for using as background music. You can use the music for free only if your film is non-commercial or non-profit.
Public Domain 4U– http://publicdomain4u.com/
In Public Domain 4U, you can find lot of old music which is made available in the public domain because intellectual property rights attached to them has expired. Modern music is also available for free with artist’s permission.
It has a great collection of licensed music. It can be used for free if you are using it in a non-commercial production. Just choose “FREE Creative Commons License” while downloading.
Partners In Rhyme– http://www.partnersinrhyme.com/
Here you can get music tracks, sound effect and more for use in your film/video. Some of them have a price, but a collection of free music tracks are also available.
In Musopen you can find music tracks whose copyright has expired. You can search music by composer, performer, instrument, period or form. It is a great resource if you want classical music for your film/video.
PacDV provides free music and sound effects for use in your film/video. But, you have to give them due credits by giving a link to their site while uploading your video.