It’s really easy to find royalty-free music (if you don’t mind paying $600 for a cheesy collection). And it’s quite easy to find free music (but use it at your legal peril). But free and royalty-free rarely meet.
Kevin MacLeod, creator of Incomeptech, has solved the problem. He has dozens and dozens of excellent instrumentals available for free download and royalty-free use. And they’re good. Even better you can search by the genre (jazz, horror and my favorite “silent film score”) or query by “feel” (bouncy, aggressive, somber).
If you’re a musician looking to publicize your music or ability to create custom video scores for money, what better way than to establish a library of of your tunes that people can use in exchange for credit?
It’s working for Kevin. He asks for a credit (and PayPal donation) and he’s already popping up at the end of literally hundreds of YouTube videos.
He’s the sound behind my “Crawling Through Airport” including many others (not the intro song, but the quirky instrumental that gives life to the clip).
NOTE: A few people have contacted me directly about offering music for my videos (in exchange for credit). I’m always looking for more. If you have music you don’t mind sharing, please comment below with your URL. WordPress might put your comment in temporary purgatory if it contains a URL but I’ll approve it. Send an e-mail to kevinnalts at gmail dot com if you don’t see it in a day.