Playing music during your presentation can help your audience stay engaged, and also help them to remember the message of your presentation.
But where you can find background music on the Internet for your videos or presentations?
There are two clear options:
Purchase the licenses and use Royalty-Free music.
Download songs for free, under Creative Commons licenses.
Let’s dive into the ups and downs of each one of them:
Most people, when they see free music, believe that they can use it without any problem, but it’s not always the case. As we will see, YouTube and other social media have algorithms that detect automatically if the music is cleared for your own use or not.
1. Purchase the Licenses to use Royalty-Free Music
This first option is clearly the best one if your goal is adding high-quality music to your Youtube videos, corporate presentations, advertisements or social media, in order to avoid future problems.
The good news is, today there are monthly subscriptions through which you can download all the music that you might need.
There are several pages specialized in the sale of background music licenses, and the best known of which is Epidemic Sound.
It’s the online marketplace used by the most famous Youtube channels nowadays, as it offers a monthly subscription only focused on that social network. They named their service ‘Creator Subscription‘, and starts at 13€ per month for small channels.
2. Download the songs for free under Creative Commons Licenses
This option is well-suited for videos or presentations that are only for strictly personal use.
The main benefit, of course, is that you will not have to pay for the music, but then, the inconveniences are many:
Those kinds of websites have less music variety. You will lose originality because thousands of other people will be using the same songs on their projects.
You are not allowed to use the songs for commercial purposes or monetize our videos.
You will risk your video to be muted or blocked on big social platforms like Youtube or Facebook because the terms could change at any time.
That said, the best places to download free background music are:
Youtube Audio Library: Youtube has a huge library from which to download music and sound effects, everything for free.
Free Music Archive: The most well-known website to get this kind of music. We will have to mention the artist in our project/video and say what kind of CC license are we using.
Incompetech: Same as above, we will have to mention the artist if we download any song that serves our purposes.
Noise Trade: A platform designed to help artists build their audiences by distributing free music. Fans can download the music and leave a tip for any amount.
The importance of music copyrights on the Internet
Why do we have to care about copyrights?
Big websites like Youtube, Facebook or Instagram have algorithms that search and compare automatically the visuals and music for every single one of the videos uploaded.
If they detect that has been a copyright violation, they can mute or block your video, making you waste your time and efforts.
If you want to use the music for a corporate video, imagine how awkward could be presenting a project to your boss or colleagues that suddenly has no sound on it!
Example of video blocked on Youtube
That’s why we always recommend purchasing a license or paying a monthly subscription service. Nowadays they have very affordable prices.
Advantages when using Royalty-Free Music
Envato Elements has a built-in search engine from which you can type a keyword that defines the type of song you’re searching for (rock, groove, cinematic, hip-hop, electronic, jazz…). It will show you hundreds of results, so you can start listening and choose the one that better suits your needs.
You can have the peace of mind that you’re using 100% legal songs and you will not have subsequent problems with author rights.
Pablo Olóndriz founded Legis Music in 2016 and, since then, has been working non-stop on the online Royalty-Free industry, managing to build a great source of information for people who need amazing background music for their projects and videos.
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