Six Music Resources When You Can’t Hire a Composer

A common question the staff at Motion University hear often is “Where can I find music for my film project?” I’m happy to say that there are a lot of options out there. For just a few dollars, your project can have beautiful, soaring tunes or action packed cinematic sounds. So, without further adieu, here are some of our favorite places to find royalty-free music:

  • Audio Jungle – Definitely on the lower end, with prices under $20 per track, but on smaller projects, these pieces can work perfectly.
  • Pond5 – Again a cheap option, and with a lot of variety, this site requires a lot of searching.. You can find some nice pieces if you look long enough.
  • SoundStripe – They describe themselves as “Unlimited Music for Filmmakers.” For just $135/year, you can have unlimited songs, for any usage. Music can add up quick, so if you are doing multiple projects, this is a great resource as a library of music.
  • Shockwave Sound – We really love some of the pieces that they offer. For some of our higher budget promotionals that we need to sound really great, or for a film with a specific feel, this site often has the perfect piece. Plus, they are affordable at around $50 per track.
  • Premium Beat – Another midrange option. They also have a wide variety, including some more difficult to find genres. One warning -sometimes tracks get removed, so make sure you purchase whatever licensing you need up front, because it may not be available later.
  • The Music Bed – A lot of beautiful music here! Plus, if you find a favorite artist, there is usually more where that sound came from! They charge around $100 per track for nonprofits and go up from there, so definitely on the more expensive side, but have some of my very favorite pieces.

As with anything that is found by searching, the terms you use make all the difference. When searching for music, some of my favorite search terms are words like:

  • cinematic (usually always use this one, combined with one of the others listed)
  • motivational
  • inspirational
  • uplifting
  • trailer

Finally, in answer to the question, “how do I find great music faster?” I would say – spend the time, whether 30 minutes, an hour, or two, and listen to lots of options. The right piece of music can make all the difference in making a project to really pop.

Happy searching!