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Music for Video

The Music for Video portal seeks to fill a void in music for online media projects by featuring artists who wish to participate in the open sharing of their works under the Creative Commons licensing framework.

We feature Creative Commons music mixes curated with the producer in mind, as well as resources for education about Legal Music for Video and Best Practices in Online Video.

If you're new to the Free Music Archive and these concepts, please read our FAQ.

Check out our latest Music for Video Blog Entries!

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cheyenne_h on 02/05/2018 at 08:51AM

Not All Music on FMA is Licensed for Video

Some of our music is just for listening. Sorry video-making friends! (image via flickr commons)

Just a friendly reminder.

We know, the FMA is a great resource for all sorts of people - filmmakers, remix artists, people who wanna hear strange new sounds - but we've been getting a LOT of messages lately from confused people about whether or not they can use X song in Y video.

It depends on the license, and how you intend to use the music, my friend! And best of all, you can find out all the information you need on your own. There are tons of resources out there to help.

We have a robust FAQ (complete with webinar!) about which licenses are suitable for video here. But here are some basics:

1. ND or No Derivatives: If you want to use a track from FMA for a video, you are not allowed to use anything with an "ND" or "No Derivatives" clause in the license. You must get further permission from the artist in order to use it for a video.

2. NC or Non Commercial: If you want to use a track for commercial purposes (including a monetized YouTube video, a real estate listing, or a video telling people about a product or service that costs money), anything with a "NC" or "Non Commercial" clause is not pre-cleared for this type of use. If you want to use it for a commercial purpose, you must get further written permission from the artist, and possibly pay for a license to use the song.

3. SA or Share Alike: If you want to use a track that is licensed CC BY-SA "Share Alike" or CC BY-NC-SA, you are required by that license to share your own work under the identical license. If you can't, or don't want to, do this, you must get further written permission from the artist. (Noticing a pattern yet?)

4. BY or Attribution: Anything with a CC license with "BY" or "Attribution" in it means you must give credit to the artist, but that's it. You can use it for whatever you want, even derivative works like videos and remixes. If you don't want to, or can't give attribution in your derivative work (such as a video)... guess what? You have to get further permission from the artist! (Now you're getting it!)

We have pre-screened a lot of stuff and it's tucked neatly in the Music For Video curator page (though this includes NC and SA tracks - so make sure to look for the license you need). You can also use stuff from our Public Domain collection without attributing or getting permission from the artist.

If you need guidance, please consult our FAQs, License Guide or read up on the Creative Commons website before asking - you may find the answer right in front of you!

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cheyenne_h on 04/17/2015 at 07:56PM

Unreel Trailers: A Challenge

Photographer: Henry Gawthorpe. Via Australian National Maritime Museum's Flickr Commons collection

Take a film out of context... you know you want to! You could re-cut that cheesy sci-fi flick into an interstellar romantic comedy, or poorly dub alternate dialogue onto an action sequence to make it a slapstick routine. We've put together a list of public domain films; pick one and make an Unreel Trailer! In less than three minutes, tell us a touching story of ghosts in love, a science experiment gone wrong, a training montage for puppies, or whatever seems appropriate (or inappropriate) to preview a movie that doesn't exist (yet). 

Dramatic voiceovers, superfluous sound effects, and imaginary titles are encouraged. Credits, including CC license information, are required, but everything else is up to you! 

Here are some examples of public domain films to choose from (entries must be derived from films in the U.S. Public Domain):

1. The Brain That Wouldn’t Die wiki
2. Night of the Living Dead wiki
3. Reefer Madness wiki 
4. Little Shop of Horrors wiki
5. Attack of the Giant Leeches wiki
6. Carnival of Souls wiki
7. Teenagers From Outer Space wiki
8. Rock, Rock, Rock! wiki

Use a track from our FMA Music for Video Vault in your trailer – or check out one of these artists:
Chris Zabriskie made a collection called “Direct to Video” for a reason. CC BY
Kevin Macleod’s music has been used in thousands of videos. CC BY
Ian Alex Mac’s “Cues” is made for cinematic purposes. CC BY
The Conet Project is full of strange sounds! Free Music Philosophy
UncleBibby has done a three-volume Free Music Project release. CC BY
Steve Combs has tons of stuff to choose from. CC BY
Our microSongs and Masters Remastered works are all in the Public Domain! No citations necessary. 

Film must be in the public domain in the United States 
Music must be licensed for use in video without further permission from the artist 
Submissions must be posted to a video streaming site online and shared with FMA via our submission form 
Submitters must list all works used in the film (audio, visual, etc)
Use proper citation in the film (attribution of music, license, etc) - CC Best Practices here

If you submit a trailer using footage from a film that isn’t on the list, please make sure it is in the public domain (or your own work, which you are willing to dedicate to the public domain using this Creative Commons license) before you proceed. Submissions that are not in the public domain in the U.S. won't qualify for judging.

We'll accept entries from April 13th until May 8th, 2015

Entry form is here, finished projects are here

One winner will be chosen by our panel of judges, and the winner will get an Epson Powerlite Projector

The Unreel Trailers Challenge is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

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splendidmike on 10/03/11 at 09:02PM
Hey guys, great to see this portal here. However, after having spent a large amount of time recently using FMA to find CC music for a video project, what I wanted most was additional search and browse capabilities.

It's nice to curate mixes of tracks to sync, but most producers are already going to have a specific mood or emotion they're trying to convey with the soundtrack. It was really hard to find "just the right song" to fit into my video.

So what I'd really like to see is a faceted browse by genre, where I can for instance, browse chill-out electronica, and then filter the results to only include those with the appropriate license for video sync.

Alternately, a browse by tag plus license filter would also be useful.

Love your work here, just trying to be helpful. Thanks for what you do!
islin on 02/11/12 at 11:18AM
Hello everybody,

I downloaded this song "Five Minutes at the Rainforest Cafe" but now I can't find the author and I would like to use this music for a non commercial video of an artist friend of mine...

Could someone help me?


botho on 03/13/12 at 12:32PM
Link to all Information about the Song:
dlatinfilmmaker on 04/20/12 at 11:29PM
Hi everyone,

I'm producing an indie "short" film and I'm looking to license a track from FMA to use in a "campaign" video on

Assuming we're able to raise the funds to produce our film, we will then submit the "short" to festivals . . . Does this still apply uner the non-commercial use? Can anyone advise?
spearmint64 on 05/12/12 at 06:15AM
Hi, I'm a new user and I feel like I've stumbled on a goldmine resource with this part of the site... and indeed the entirety of FMA. Thanks!

However, I second splendidmike's suggestion that the 'music for video' section would work better if you could see all of these tracks in one list.

But yes, thanks for providing this amazing resource, I'm reccommending to everyone.
Josteye316 on 05/30/12 at 02:07AM
This is a great resource and love that its available.

I would imagine the music is okay to use on demo-reels right?

If anyone could clear that up for me it would be great. I just want to cut a montage of my productions together to a good track and want to make sure I have the rights to do so.

gborfitz on 06/11/12 at 02:46PM
How can I show my music (CC) to you?
dvd on 07/19/12 at 07:03PM

We're working on some new features and layouts for this video portal, but in the meantime we've added a list of all of the tracks featured over the years in our 'Tracks to Sync' series at the top of this page. Just click on "View All" next to Recently Added Highlights.
BMXE on 09/12/12 at 11:01AM
We are setting up but were ready
Burton99 on 09/14/12 at 11:52PM
This is great !
11 on 11/03/12 at 10:08PM
I agree with everything splendidmike said, if that was taken care of I believe thos website would be top in no time.
jason on 11/07/12 at 04:55PM
We'd love everyone's feedback on the FMA Library Tagging project:

Right now, we're trying to come up with a concise but comprehensive list of Mood and Instrumentation tags that will be most helpful in your quest to find "just the right song".

splendidmike, spearmind64, pedromiguel: we hear ya and thanks for your feedback so far!
Aini on 12/02/12 at 07:09AM
have no new song here :s
PureAwsomeness99 on 04/05/13 at 09:50PM
Hey guys, I am making videos on youtube of gameplay (mainly shooter) and i need some recommendations for what music to use. My channel isn't that good YET, but im learning to use photoshop and after effects cs6. If you can help me, here's my email

And my channel

Thanks a lot.
javapop on 06/05/13 at 06:06PM
Agree with @splendidmike on search capabilities, would be cool to narrow down to instrumentals, and then start isolating flavors even more. Kevin MacLeod over at has done a great job with this. Not sure what platform he uses.
grailz on 06/07/13 at 02:42PM
Absolutely am grateful and overjoyed that FMA exists. As someone who creates videos for non profits, I feel like I've wandered into a cornucopia of awesome! Keep up the great work!
dewdrop26 on 10/29/13 at 01:38PM
i'm trying to find the son "Yo T Extranare" by Tercer Cielo...says does not exist what am I doing wrong???
Noisesurfer on 11/05/13 at 10:08PM
check my new work

PSBBQ on 12/28/13 at 09:12PM
Just came to this site and I love it! I just happen to stumble across it on the web. This is nice.
Mr 4bez on 12/30/13 at 02:23PM
how do i upload a song or album to this website at the moment i am pretty confused
realskullzero on 01/07/14 at 03:40AM
Great stuff!! love your mix, thanks for the free music!!!
gamejsoft on 04/01/14 at 08:07AM
I love this page thank you
Jaypho on 06/10/14 at 11:45PM
I love the music posted here, i just wish that I could scrub though it on the site, it's a pain to have to listen to each entire song to get a feel for it.

Some times I like the intro, but hate the middle, some time i hate the intro but love the middle, and rarely do i make it to the end, only to find out that I hate it.
darkinz on 06/19/14 at 05:58PM
i got a question im new on this: im recording gameplay of various game and posting them on youtube : Can i put any song here on my video whitout getting my video Shut or Copyright issue?
jason on 06/19/14 at 08:40PM
@darkinz, welcome to the FMA! Here's a FAQ on music usage

@Jaypho this feature is at the top of the wishlist
iskondroid on 07/15/14 at 07:20PM
i could made more quality videos with all best music i can found here . it really a challenge to do good video for my channel .

With resources here sure to boost my efforts. thank you
HappyGorillas on 08/26/14 at 06:21PM
Hey everybody,

This is something, i mean this music is great i heard the song Silence is sexy all the day. A friend of mine is working on a serie about war and i guess this song is what he is looking for. i am recommmending it to him anyway that's for sure
Kidkraft Kitchen on 10/17/14 at 08:15AM
As for me I prefare instrumental music.
Thanks to authors for this lists.
Rubby on 10/18/14 at 07:25PM
Music for video very popular.
I love it!
xxAtlantianKnightxx on 12/14/14 at 01:37PM
Hi everyone I am expert on Schubert, Orfeo ed Euridice, Norma, La Traviata, Euryanthe, La Cenerentola ,I am Lyric soprano.
Sarah_nguyen on 12/26/14 at 02:31AM
Hello everybody,
lilacwillow on 01/08/15 at 04:25PM
Hi everyone, I was looking for some music with vocals that is similar to the likes of Paloma Faith or Lana Del Rey? If anyone could help me out I'd really appreciate it as it's quite urgent! Thank you :)
33 on 01/18/15 at 04:00PM
Hi folks, why is there no time displayed on most tracks, find it hard to pick the right length audio track to match my video
Drkhorus on 02/06/15 at 03:48AM
hello can i use yout music on my stream ?
FifaCrack on 04/14/15 at 10:24AM
hello can i use yout music on my stream ?
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adal2007 on 05/10/15 at 11:07PM
Hi, i run a small open music archive project, FMA seems a good fit for the music we do, mainly electronica and videogame music, here are five samples:

raulss on 06/12/15 at 11:57AM
It's easy to find some great music, you can check out, google music,, music and others for some great music, also see this artist here for some great music.
chrisrock on 08/06/15 at 11:45AM
are these tracks royalty free? can I re-edit them? sorry new user here!
gazbaz on 08/20/15 at 08:09PM
Here are a few videos I've created using tracks from this wonderful resource, FMA:
Would love to add these to the FMA Animated Vimeo Highlights growing collection :)
Cheers, Gazbaz
shinobusensui613 on 09/29/15 at 02:58AM
i dont get this site, how do I upload my music here? mi record in my bedrooom a song, i have all the rights for cc
Etaoin on 01/07/16 at 09:52PM
That search by genre and license thing is really nice to have, but is there any way to search for vocal only/ no instrumental?
MennaHamed on 03/18/16 at 02:10PM
hey guys,

I am working in a video for mother's day and i do it independently for my mother not for a commercial need.
any recommendations for a sound video ?!

thank you in advance.
ladie on 06/22/16 at 11:44PM
Im new here!..Am I allowed to use the music for my home slideshows?..
45 on 06/28/16 at 12:56PM
Cant seem to play any tracks to hear?
FreePeep on 06/29/16 at 05:06PM
Thanks for the awesome archive!
Suggestions as you asked:
1. Put a link to the Music For Video page at the top of the site.
2. Instead of making the process of seeing the license a tedious chore, on an Album Detail Page, expand the damn licensing info instead of hiding it and making me have to click to see it. Why would you do that? It's mean.
3. In the long lists of music, simply put the CC attribution logo as a column so we can see IMMEDIATELY what the damn licensing is. Why would you obfuscate this so much on your site?
4. Create a logo based menu below the main menu that has the CC logos as buttons - wait for it - then we can simply click on the license we want and get a query for all the music in that license category.
aecrouch2016 on 08/25/16 at 03:41PM
This site has been a great source for me to use for my youtube videos. I always give credit to the author. But what's going on with the new site? When I try and search for music nothing really comes up.
Hassankassim on 10/04/16 at 11:42AM
I downloaded this song long ago

i need to find it

Please help
Hassankassim on 10/04/16 at 11:42AM
Hassankassim on 10/04/16 at 11:47AM
Hello I downloaded this song a long ago

I Need to find it's name

Please Help
3eshat7mel on 12/26/16 at 11:46PM
wow you are really awesome
katya-oddio on 01/30/17 at 01:54AM
Hey there. Jason reassigned three of my mixes to you. Can you let me edit one of them? There is a CC BY-NC-ND track there that needs to be replaced. It is NOT available for use in Video productions. Thanks!
ethanloomis on 02/23/17 at 05:55PM
This website is fantastic! I use songs from here all the time. Another great website that has quality music for videos is Soundstripe:

You can search for songs by genre, mood, pace, duration, instrument and more. This website is the perfect combination of affordability, quality and customer service.
ethanloomis on 02/23/17 at 05:55PM
This website is fantastic! I use songs from here all the time. Another great website that has quality music for videos is Soundstripe:

You can search for songs by genre, mood, pace, duration, instrument and more. This website is the perfect combination of affordability, quality and customer service.
55 on 03/10/17 at 02:12PM
Hi guys,
great website! However, I advice you a new website . Here you can find a library of over 40 creative commons music and a library of royalty free music and sfx.
56 on 03/10/17 at 02:12PM
Hi guys,
great website! However, I advice you a new website . Here you can find a library of over 40 creative commons music and a library of royalty free music and sfx.
57 on 03/10/17 at 02:14PM
Hi guys,
great website! However, I advice you a new website . Here you can find a library of over 40 creative commons music and a library of royalty free music and sfx.
Smartmiltoys on 11/10/17 at 03:59PM
multaqa on 02/22/18 at 08:53PM
Thanks for the awesome
IdaM on 04/13/18 at 11:22AM
I love your music!
seapoolvn on 07/03/18 at 01:12AM
all good music
BestNoteSound on 07/17/18 at 02:37PM
Hello everyone! Need music for your YouTube videos, games, movies, trailers, corporate projects, advertisements and other projects? Just go to this site:

select and download the tracks that you like. There you will find professional music in different styles (genres) and moods. If you need free music (absolutely free, you do not need to license) - you will find it. If you want to license music - you can do it (it's very easy). If you need help, just read the FAQ or email me (you can find the contacts on the site). Have a good mood! :)
ComputerHotline on 11/04/18 at 11:08AM
I use some free musics from your website in videos.
Thanks a lot :-)
SEOFox on 02/07/19 at 08:41PM
Great article, thanks for sharing
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