What is Royalty Free Music?

In a nutshell Royalty Free Music refers to a type of music licensing that allows the purchaser to pay for the music license only once and to use the music for as long as desired.

Just as importantly here is what Royalty Free Music does NOT mean:

Royalty Free Music is NOT free!
It is “Free of Royalty” not cost free. Just like a fat free cookie is “free of fat” not free of cost. Or a “tax free” product is not free, it is just free of taxes. And yes some people may be offering their music for free – whether it is also Royalty Free or not! For example a composer may be offering you his music for free for your College film in exchange for listing his work in the credits.

Royalty Free Music is NOT Copyright Free music
I am not sure there is such a thing as “Copyright free” music since anyone who creates a piece of music automatically owns the Copyright for that music. The creator may not care and say that anyone can use his music for any purpose. In this case the Copyright owner is giving you the “right to copy” his music for any purpose. So it may be free to use but that does not make it free of Copyright. And this does not mean that the composer has given up his Performing Rights if his music ends up a background music on television for example. The composer as the Copyright owner may want to receive his composers royalties for the public performance of his music. Even the recordings of Public Domain music are not Copyright Free.

Royalty Free Music is NOT a specific type of music
It can be music in any genre from Classical to Heavy Metal to Country music. Instead it is a type of “Music Licensing” for commercial use. Commercial use here means using the music for more than your private usage (your home, your car, your iPod). Private usage is the right you get when you purchase a music CD or pay and download your music from iTunes for example. That does not provide you with any broader rights (your website, your videos, your slideshows, TV shows, etc.).

Royalty Free Music is NOT poor quality music
Any music can be licensed as Royalty Free music. The good the bad and the ugly. This choice for music licensing has strictly nothing to do with the quality of the music itself. The quality will vary enormously from one library to the other. The quality of library music has more to do with management policies, whether the music is hand-picked or not, whether composers are screened or not, etc.

Our music is placed at the disposal exclusively by our distribution partner Jamendo Music.

Once your payment is received you can download your tracks in high-quality format directly from your Jamendo Customer account.
Jamendo will provide you with a certificate that you’ll be able to show to collective rights societies’ inspectors in the event of a control and which proves that you have no fee to pay to these societies.
We are not registered in any collective rights society and we manage the rights for the use of our music by ourselves.

Jamendo is the largest platform for free music in the world and has more than 10 years of experience in the licensing industry. The Jamendo catalog is published under Creative Commons licenses that allow artists to publish our music and to preserve our rights, while providing users the freedom to download and share it. The innovative business model created by Jamendo allows both the free download of music for users and compensation for artists in case of commercial use, thanks to the Jamendo PRO service which sells music licenses for professionals at very attractive rates in a very fast and simple way.

How does licensing work?

  • Choose a license
    The license you need depends on your project – online only (youtube…) – TV – or videogame for example.
    Once purchased, you get immediate access to the audio files, as well as to your license certificate.
  • Synchronize
    You will receive high quality files (FLAC and WAV) that you can start using right away for your project.
    The rights required to synchronize the audio files to your projects are all covered by your license.
  • Broadcast
    Your project can be shared based on the coverage of the license you have chosen.
    The broadcasting rights required to make your project public are all included, and apply worldwide.

Why is Jamendo the right choice for me?

  • Great license
    * All rights included
    * Worldwide coverage thanks to our officially recognized certificate
    * Unlimited for the duration, your project can be broadcast or viewed as many times as you want
  • Great prices
    * 100% royalty free music – no further royalties for any Performing Rights Organizations (PRO) like Gema, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, SOCAN, PRS, etc. are necessary.
    * Save up to 90% of what you would pay to performance rights organizations

Which license is right one for my project?

  • PERSONAL LICENSE – Perfect for Youtube videos
    Cannot be used by companies and organizations. For private individuals (Youtubers, Vloggers, students, …), includes:
    Youtube, Facebook, Twitch, podcast, family video, school project, live streaming, video platforms.Does not include :
    Advertising, monetized videos, corporate videos, crowdfunding, and contents created for third parties.
  • STANDARD LICENSE – Any online use
    For companies and legal entities. Includes coverage of the Personal License.
    For any legal entity (company, association, charity, …), includes:
    Online advertising, Youtube, Facebook, corporate video, product presentation, podcast, crowdfunding, and on-hold melody for phones and answering machines.
    Perfect for Youtube videos
    No ads on your videos
    No problems with Content ID
    Allows monetized videos
  • LARGE LICENSE – Apps, radio, & large audiences
    Includes the Standard License’s coverage. Unlimited radio listeners and attendants at conferences, festivals, fairs…
    Unlimited app downloads (mobile and tablets)
    Up to 50,000 physical copies (DVD, videogame…)
    Up to 100,000 cinema views and 1,000,000 TV views
  • FULL SCALE LICENSE – Unlimited audiences
    Includes the Standard License’s and the Large License’s coverages.Unlimited physical copies (DVD, videogame…)
    Unlimited cinema & TV views

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world.
All productions by Disconauts Music Production are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

You are free to:

  • Share – copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • Adapt – remix, transform, and build upon the material

Under the following terms:

  • Attribution – You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • NonCommercial – You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
  • ShareAlike – If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

This is a human-readable summary of (and not a substitute for) the license.