Where can I get royalty-free music for my film?

By Benjamin Craig, filmmaking.net

One of the biggest obstacles for independent filmmakers who want great music in their films is the issue of royalties. If you are lucky enough to know someone who can knock up a good score for you, no problem, but for most a large amount of music is out of reach because you need to keep paying the composer and/or artists every time your film is shown.

There are a few organisations that have realised that there is a niche market for reasonably-priced, royalty-free music. A few places to start include:

Luke Hits - offers a range of tracks from new and independent musicians for use in film and television programs. Fees are involved but no royalties.

Opuzz Royalty Free Buyout Production Music Library - Downloadable royalty-free background music tracks and loops for TV, Radio, Film, Video, Animation, Multimedia, Flash, Games and Web productions.

A service set up by Pivotal Inc, ScoringMusic.com is a very comprehensive collection of royalty-free music. The service has been designed from the point of view of people who need specific types of music for specific types of projects. Tracks are categorised according to mood and tone, as well as by more standard means such as artist, genre etc.

You might also want to check out the service provided by VersusMedia. They work with independent filmmakers on a commission-free basis to help find music for films, television programs, DVDs etc.

Last updated 17-Nov-2004

Reader Comments

Alastair Cameron, 6-Jul-2010
I am a composer and I offer loads of royalty free classical/instrumental tracks from ... read more...
Chris Cardell, 9-May-2010
Try MusicRevolution.com (http://www.musicrevolution.com), an innovative new online ma... read more...
Clarissa, 3-May-2010
If you're looking for good music,you should check out www.jewelbeat.com They have lo... read more...
Capo, 17-Mar-2010
Hi, I'm a music composer from Montreal Canada and I offer royalty free music, plea... read more...
Pete, 5-Nov-2009
I will consider letting people use my music for little or no money. It's kind of folk... read more...
Rubber Clown Car, 21-Mar-2009
If anyone is looking for free indie pop-rock or power-pop music check out Rubber Clow... read more...
Tim, 10-Mar-2009
If you you don't want to pay any royalties and search for music which is completely e... read more...
Ben, 15-Jan-2009
Try also the Music Tracks Library (www.musictrackslibrary.com) that offer quality roy... read more...
Bob, 21-Dec-2007
RoyaltyFreeClassicalMusic.co.uk is a Royalty Free Classical Music library offering Cl... read more...
Allen Welty-Green, 4-May-2007
Wouldn't it be better to find an aspiring composer willing to work for spec? There ar... read more...
Sarah, 7-Jan-2007
For Classical music www.royalty-free-classical-music.org has a huge selection and the... read more...
Henry, 4-Oct-2006
www.digitaljuice.com has some great music (as well as backgrounds, elements, etc) for... read more...
Mattias, 5-Mar-2006
You can also go to productiontrax.com. I've just put up some of my own music, it is ... read more...
John Radford, 5-Dec-2005
Great royalty free music and sound effects library http://www.fish4sounds.com... read more...
Loh, 16-Oct-2005
Yes, I have used Opuzz and I would recommend to others needing royalty free music. Go... read more...
Bob Richardson, 11-Oct-2005
I run Loopsound.com Royalty fr... read more...
Productiontrax, 5-Oct-2005
We have a relatively new site -- www.productiontrax.com -- which caters directly to t... read more...
Bob Richardson, 13-Sep-2005
Try Musicsound.TV for Royalty free music. Full... read more...
Steve Knott, 2-Jun-2005
Try here for quality royalty free music: Webtones Music http://www.instantroyalty... read more...

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