Where do I get my music?
One thing that not a lot of people know, is that anytime you use a piece of music for a video, you need to be aware of the copyright for that song. I've watched WAY too many videos that use songs that have not been licensed properly. I cringe every time I watch these videos because this is definitely not something you want to mess around with. There is always a chance you will get caught, and if you get caught, fines for this kind of thing can be astronomical!
When licensed properly, the cost of one song can range anywhere from $29.99-$399.00 but the average cost for a song used in a wedding film is $49.99. Yes, this is much more expensive than buying a song off of itunes for 99 cents, but that doesn't compare to a $20,000 fine down the line.
That being said, there are a lot of really great places to license music legally! Today I'm going to share three different websites that I like to use when looking for music.
1) Music Bed
This is by far my favorite place to get music. They have a HUGE selection of songs that range from R & B, to cinematic, to folk. I get 99% of my music for weddings from this website. The songs here usually cost $49.99 for a wedding and I have fallen in love with the music I've found here! I've also licensed songs for other uses from this site, but when you get into licensing for corporate videos, the songs here can get really expensive (like $399 per song)
2) Song Freedom
This site is another great resource for music, and I like using Song Freedom when licensing for corporate videos because they are a lot cheaper than Music Bed. You can also find some mainstream artists on this site which can be great in certain situations! Song Freedom has select songs by artists like Frank Sinatra, Maroon 5, The Lumineers, Marvin Gaye, and more.
For me, this site is the least frequently used, but it is still a great resource to know about. The thing I like about Marmoset is that you can search for songs based on the arc of the song. So, if you know you want the music to start soft, build, fade, and then build again, you can search for songs based on that narrative arc.
There are SO many other music licensing websites that I'm not mentioning right now, I just wanted to share the three that I use the most frequently. One thing I make sure to mention to clients before they book me is that I don't really allow clients to pick the songs they want. First and foremost, because I need to make sure the song is licensed properly. Secondly, because I really think an important part of the creative process is allowing me to pick the song I feel will work best for the video. I usually have a very clear vision in my mind when editing and creating videos, and I think it's super important for the music choice to be left in my hands so that vision can come to fruition!
(click the titles of each website to be taken directly to the site!)