So you've created a video for Facebook or Youtube, and the visuals are on point.
But there's one thing you need: a soundtrack.
Some types of videos, like product explainer videos, just don't feel right without some kind of music in the background.
Of course, you can't just use any old song. That's how you get a DMCA takedown notice, or get your video pulled from Youtube.
You could pay for the rights to some kind of stock music, or pay a musician to record something original, but what if you don't have the budget for that?
Just as there are free stock photo sites, there are online resources that can hook you up with creative commons stock music that's free to use.
In a recent article at Hootsuite, the authors list an impressive number of places you can go to find free stock music.
Here are the top 8 of them.
This site features original samples and a capella vocal tracks from musicians around the world, with a good sampling of free tracks for commercial use.
A royalty free music collection curated by the radio station WFMU, the Free Music Archive allows you to search by genre or by charts reflecting the site’s most popular music for the last week, month, or all time.
Incompetech offers thousands of musical sound effects and longer pieces of music by composer Kevin MacLeod, searchable by genre, feel, tempo, or length, or browsable in collections based on genre and mood.
4. Free Sound
Free Sound includes a large collection of sound effects, including some licensed under CC0.
This collection includes collected public domain music as well as more music and sounds from Kevin MacLeod, the composer behind Incompetech. The difference in MacLeod’s work here is that he has donated his work on this site to the public domain, so you don’t have to credit him in your video.
Musopen is a collection of public domain music you can search by composer, performer, instrument, style, or century.
The YouTube Audio Library provides free music for videos you create. Some of the music is licensed under Creative Commons and requires attribution, but much of it does not. Click on the particular audio track you’re interested in to get the full details.
Partners in Rhyme offers a wide collection of royalty free music and sound effects available for commercial use, including a printable license.
You can read more about stock music, music licensing, and copyright issues over at Hootsuite.