A couple of weeks ago I ran a seminar at the Nuffnang Winter Workshop on getting started with video/Youtube. A question that popped up was about how to find free music for your YouTube videos. When you’re just getting started with creating videos, it can be tough to find free tracks, but music will help take your videos from good to great. Here’s where you can find some free music to use in your YouTube videos.
1. YouTube Audio Library
Did you know that YouTube has a library of songs and sounds that you can use in your YouTube videos for free? Now, they aren’t the most AMAZING tracks in the world, but they’re categorised pretty well and many of the tracks don’t even require that you credit the producer. Try the YouTube Audio Library first when you’re looking for a track to use in your YouTube video.
There are tons of great independent artists with tracks on SoundCloud, and some are willing to let you use their tracks in your videos if you credit them and link to their SoundCloud page. If you find a track that you’d like to use, try reaching out to the artist and seeing if they’d be willing to work together. This will be easier the bigger your audience is.
Another alternative is to find tracks that are under Creative Commons, which generally means you can use the track in your video as long as credit is provided. Just be sure to check the fine print to see the terms of using the track, like if you’ll need to link to their website or if the track can’t be used commercially (which means you won’t be able to run Adsense on that video.)
Here are some SoundCloud artists that have tracks with Creative Commons licenses:
3. Reach out to your network
Do you know anyone who is in a band or produces their own music? Ask them if they’d be willing to let you use their tracks in your videos. Because they’re in your network you have a better chance of getting a yes, but make sure it’s clear what they’d like in return and if they’d be ok with you running adverts on your video, even if you don’t plan on doing so at the moment. Keep a record of what’s been agreed, just in case!
Before resorting to purchasing music with licenses, try to find tracks that work for your YouTube videos with the suggestions above.