Finding Royalty Free Music For A Movie Soundtrack

I admit when I looked into using royalty free music for my movie I was a little confused. I thought royalty free music was totally free. The more I studied up on it the more I began to understand that it is and it isn’t in a way.

One way to ensure the music for your movie soundtrack is royalty free is to create it in-house. There are more and more independent filmmakers that score their own movies using programs like Apple’s GarageBand that allows users to create their own original music. This removes any chance of your movie being hit with copyright infringement over music because this is your own original music you’ve created.

If you’re a person that doesn’t feel you have a single musical bone in your body to work with a program to create your own music there are filmmaker friendly websites that allow you to download free original music to use in your movie. Sonnyboo.com is one of these cool sites.

As of the writing of this post all that Sonnyboo.com requires is that a filmmaker credits the songwriter and the music used. That is not asking too much in return for being able to use royalty free music. I did not end up using the free downloads, but I respect filmmaker Peter John Ross for providing music downloads gratis to other filmmakers.

Next I checked out some companies on the Internet selling royalty free music in all types of genres from rock & roll to world beat for very affordable prices. One company I purchased music from that I recommend is StudioCutz Music Library (www.studiocutz.com). They have high quality music in a wide variety of styles.

I have purchased royalty free music in the past that was used in the reality video series America’s Wildest Bachelor Parties. They are easy to work with. This comes directly from their website:

“Each music library license will vary to a certain degree, however, as a general rule royalty free music simply means that you have purchased a “lifetime synchronization license” for a given song or group of songs. In other words, you have the right to synchronize the music with your audio and/or video productions an unlimited number of times without incurring any additional expense.”

You can type “royalty free music” into a search engine to find companies that provide music. Many of these companies offer the choice of purchasing one song or an entire CD. I listened to tracks, but none of them felt right for the Consignment soundtrack.

It’s funny that there I was being so damn choosy over music when I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on tracks. I had dreams of a soundtrack to rival a Quentin Tarantino movie, but did not have his production budget. At the end Slice of Americana Films was able to secure a hot original soundtrack that the budget could afford.

It took a few favors to make it happen, but that’s the way it has to come together when you’re making indie movies without a safety net. You have to rely on good people around you that believe in your project. This is indie filmmaker Sid Kali typing CUE MUSIC: