Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Royalty Free Music!

Music can spice up your website or serve as background on your book trailer. But you must respect the rights of the artist. There are lots of musical pieces in the public domain that can be used. many artists are willing to give you permission to use their work if you ask them.

If you do a search on "Royalty Free Music" or "Public Domain Music", the search results will give you several sites to explore. Some of the music will be royalty free but there may be a small cost associated with obtaining the music track. In other cases, musical artists may be willing to allow use of their music for free on your website as long as they are credited as the artist. Many of the sites provide the code (.HTML) to install on your website.

Here are some examples a friend of mine used foraccoustic guitar instrumental music. He found a fellow whose music was just what he had in mind. So, he messaged him directly and asked if he could use his music on his website and he granted him permission. He copied the .HTML code from the music site and installed a different selection (along with the widget/logo from the artist's site) on several pages of his website.

Kathy Stemke
Award Winning Author/Educator/Freelance Writer
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Karen Cioffi said...

Kathy, thanks for sharing. Music, especially for book trailers, is important for authors.

Is that link to the artist's site that your friend used?

NancyCL said...

This is great, Kathy. Thanks much for sharing!

anthony stemke said...

As a music-lover I certainly appreciate this informative post.
Thank You.

Mayra Calvani said...

This is a great resource! Thanks, Kathy!

Martha said...

Great information.

Unknown said...

Yes Karen, it is the website to the artist my friend used.

Magdalena Ball said...
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Magdalena Ball said...

Thanks for this Kathy - I haven't read much on how to obtain royalty free music but your tips are great and good music makes such a difference to a video. Some video sites will provide it - Animoto does and so does One True Media, but it's nice to be able to source your own. I have also collaborated with musicians in the past to create videos where the music is as much a part of the art as the words.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Thanks for the reminder, Kathy. A great idea to increase the effectiveness of our book promotions!
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Excited about the new edition (expanded! updated! even more helpful for writers!) of The Frugal Book Promoter, now a USA Book News award-winner in its own right (

Magdalena Ball said...

Wow - what an extensive and valuable list of links Kathy. My muse is all in overdrive now thinking about the possibilities. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Great information. Thanks for sharing it, Kathy.

MusicRevolution said...

You might also try , an innovative online marketplace for royalty-free production music with nearly 17,000 affordable, high-quality tracks. To mark the anniversary of our 2010 launch, has created this page of royalty-free music tracks that are absolutely free to use: I am the co-founder.

Jewelbeat said...

For freemusic that is under creative commons try
under our free music section

Else other tracks are just 99 cents with a license.
For that go to

Disclaimer: I work with JewelBeat.

Unknown said...

Thanks to the musicians who chimmed in. We appreciate learning about other sites.

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