For creators and agencies:
Music for Youtube, social media, ads, products, cinema…
For Physical Businesses:
Background streaming music for stores, restaurants…
Frequently Asked Questions
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If I play music in my place, will I be exempt from paying BMI, ASCAP or other PROs?
If you reside in the United States or Canada, the service offered by Soundtrack Your Brand exempts you from paying royalties to any Performance Rights Organization (PRO).
If you reside outside the US and Canada, Jamendo Licensing does exempt paying royalties to Copyright societies such as the SGAE in Spain, for example.
I just need the song for a Youtube video. What license should I buy?
If you are only going to create just one video and don’t want to pay a monthly subscription, the best option is then Audiojungle. Select the ‘Standard‘ license of the song you want to use. That’s the cheapest license and it will work for all use cases on the Internet. Remember that if you make two videos with the same song, you will also have to acquire two licenses.
Why is the music NOT free or Creative Commons?
Because free music on the Internet (under the Creative Commons licenses) have many regulations and mostly they cannot be used for professional projects without crediting the author. They don’t give complete peace of mind to those who want to use them in social media, corporate videos or big advertisements and their quality is sometimes not up to the standards. In addition, you constantly risk your videos being removed from platforms such as Youtube.
Is there a way to choose the best music for my video?
Yes! There are a few basic rules that will help you a lot if you know them and make your life easier, you can read them in this article that we wrote recently.
I need music for a Television (TV) or Radio ad.
Then you should go to Audiojungle and choose between one of these licenses depending on the estimated audience size:
- Music Broadcast (1 million) License – Up to 1 million people audience size.
- Music Broadcast (10 million) License – Up to 10 million audience size.
- Music Broadcast & Film License – Unlimited audience size.
And if you have any question, just contact us! 🙂
I just need sound effects...
Then we wrote for you this amazing article about sound effects, explaining where you can find them, both free and paid.
What’s the difference between royalty-free music, non copyrighted music and Creative Commons music?
That is a long answer (but a very interesting one) so we wrote a full article about it. You can read it here: What is royalty-free music?
Why Royalty-Free music is so expensive?
Paying $16.50 a month for unlimited songs is just amazing.
You pay this only once a month, not every time your video/advertisement is shown. If you compare that with a single song on iTunes for example, that costs $0.99, maybe it seems expensive, but this comparison has no sense. While that song is just for your own listening, the Royalty-Free song is going to be used in another end product that can reach millions of people and (even) make money.
So, Royalty-Free music is not an end product, just a piece of another bigger one.
How much business software costs? Or footage? Or a premium WordPress theme?
You can compare the license prices to those products.
Even the most expensive license or subscription is really cheap when you think about it: you can use the music in a TV advertisement or a big movie!… while hiring a composer or a band will have cost you thousands of dollars.
Prices of royalty-free music are low because of scalability: the Internet has allowed the musicians to store and distribute easily any song to thousands of potential buyers and sell many licenses for a single unit (song).
If everyone knew the work that’s behind it, they will say that is really cheap 😉
I need music for an app, a video game, a web or audiobook
The subscription offered by Envato Elements is then your best option. You will be able to use all its music and sound effects on your product without worrying about anything!