Audiosocket Helps NFFTY Filmmakers!11/01/2011
Finding the right music to fit with your film is always a challenge. Not only do you have to find that right song that works perfectly for the scene, but also there are almost always issues with the licensing of music. One exception is if you are using original music you had someone score for you, or you made yourself, you just have to make sure that there is an email or release stating it’s okay to use. Licensed music is music you don’t own, but you get permission to use, usually for a small fee, sometimes for free. Using non-licensed music is illegal and there are serious repercussions. Not only is it illegal but it can also be immoral trying to use someone else’s property for your own gain.
Through all of this, there is still plenty of free/low cost music licensing options. Audiosocket has just joined up with us at NFFTY allowing for 5 free single-track licenses for NFFTY submissions and NFFTY festival use. To access their player send an email with your first and last name, simple password and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. They will respond with your account information and access to their professional player. This is wonderful because their roster contains over 35,000 songs in over 200 genres from emerging bands/artists and composers worldwide.
I’m sure you’re all aware of the amazingly talented musician Moby. He’s done something amazing and created a website where you can license many of his tracks for free as long as it’s for student and non-profit use! For more information go to: http://www.mobygratis.com.
There is also a list of websites where artists have donated their music under the creative commons rules at https://creativecommons.org/legalmusicforvideos
If you know of any other great music sources for student and youth filmmakers feel free to leave a comment for everyone else to see! And remember, submissions are now open until January 31, 2012! Entries can be submitted online at http://nffty.org/attend/submit