YouTube Just Solved Your Indie Film's Soundtrack Needs

YouTube Audio Library Screengrab - H 2013

YouTube Audio Library Screengrab - H 2013

Google's popular video site rubs shoulders with the likes of Moby to enter the royalty-free musical movement.

Nurturing filmmakers and responding to their needs benefits YouTube. The more shorts, music videos, comedy sketches, and features films that emerge from the DIY process, the more content that will inevitably hit the video sharing service. Most of YouTube's initiatives are aimed directly at web video creators, but their latest update, a sprawling library of royalty-free music, should benefit anyone in need a few background beats.

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Google announced the news of the database on their official “YouTube Partners & Creators” blog. Filmmakers can access over 150 instrumental tracks that can be used for in any type of project (they stress this isn't just a YouTube opportunity), for any length of time, and without risk of infringement.

“We searched far and wide for musicians to create tracks for us and ended up finding co-conspirators in multiple places: an acquaintance down in LA, music houses across the country and a well-known music producer in Brooklyn. And it turns out the latter produced albums for Phish and Sean Lennon,” the blog explains.

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YouTube joins a musical movement rooted in Creative Commons licensing, enabling artists to connect and symbiotically thrive. Sites like Incomptech and CCmixter continue to provide crowdsourced music aimed at filmmakers. Singer/songwriter Moby, famous for being on the forefront of the movement, recently updated and expanded his own royalty-free music site,

Musicians are also encouraged to contribute to YouTube's ever-growing library. Discover the treasure trove of sounds, with music to fit every mood and genre, at the official site.

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