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Need Music? The Public Domain Can Help!

If you are creating any types of audio or video-based products, chances are like that, sooner or later, you will need music for background, intros, outros and more. There are a number of excellent royalty-free options, like StockMusic.net. But what about the Public Domain? Are there any resources for great-sounding audio in the Public Domain? YES…there are!

When it comes to finding music in the Public Domain, the research is a bit trickier than, say, books or magazines. The primary reason for this is that the copyright protection afforded to music is governed by State laws, not Federal ones. Because of that, nearly ALL recorded music is off limits…even music recorded before 1923! The good news is that there are exceptions…and the exceptions are what I’m going to share here.

There are primarily two sites you will want to explore for finding recorded music in the Public Domain. Both sites chose to place their music in the Public Domain which makes them exceptions…it’s their right to do that.

The first site worth visiting is MusOpen. Their available music is almost exclusively orchestral. I really like the approach this site takes for the music. They find musical scores that are in the Public Domain and then approach high school, college and other orchestras to perform the pieces. Once recorded, the music is then donated back into the Public Domain and made available on their website. They offer some great choices.

The second site I want to share with you today is one that is new to me. It’s called FreePD, and similar to MusOpen, the music on this site was also donated to the Public Domain…but for a different reason. The contemporary music you’ll find on this site was part of a collection of music generated by a working musician who wanted to give back some of the huge amounts of music he creates on a regular basis. The result is this website. I’ve listened to a number of tracks here and the music is quite good. You will find contemporary, rock and other genres on the site. It’s not a huge collection, but definitely worth checking out!

I hope you find these two sites helpful to your product creation efforts. If you know of any other sources for recorded music in the Public Domain, feel free to share them with all of us in the comments below! Thanks!

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