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🎬 Where to Get Music

Paid Music Sources

Hiring Custom Composition

β€’ is (often) a great resource for hiring a freelance composer on the cheap. It’s a marketplace online where you can advertise your skills for hire or be hired by someone else. I’ve recently become quite a fan of peer-to-peer services like this. It utilizes the internet at what it does best, linking a need with a need-provider. That said, you do have to use a bit of caution in vetting the talent pool as you don’t have an agency doing any of that for you.

Buying Existing Music

Free Music

Note: You get what you pay for with most of it.

“Royalty Free” doesn’t mean you can use the music for free. It simply means you pay for the license once and then don’t have to pay it again for every time someone uses that song. Public domain is work that is not protected by copyright so it is essentially “free music”. “Creative Commons” is a copyright license that enables free distribution of copyrighted work, but different creative commons licenses have different requirements, e.g. “attribution” which means you need to credit where the music came from.

Can I use a pop song in my video?

The short answer is “no”, or that it’s usually difficult enough to not be worth the hassle. That said, check out the link below if you’d like to explore more.

How to License Famous Songs

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