We wanted to put together a list of the top 10 free and creative commons music databases, to help you find the right music for your film. A quick search shows there’s no shortage of music databases out there. Some with fairly decent collections, others with amazing collections … And then we came across Jamendo.
Jamendo bills itself as “the world’s largest digital service for free music”. It’s been steadily growing over the last few years and currently boasts 470,000 available tracks available to download and a total of 250+ million downloads since the launch of the platform.
It’s unlimited, free and completely legal to do, which is perfect for creating the perfect soundscape for your film. Would you need anymore?
Since the beginning in 2005, Jamendo (a portmanteau of “jam” and “crescendo”) has been licensing music under Creative Commons, allowing you can stream or download songs for free, subject to the terms of the license, which is often just a credit of the creator where ever you use it.
It’s an open community made up of independent artists and music lovers, which means you end up with a huge variety of tracks and genres, all of which are great (and even professional) quality. The advantage for artists is that Jamendo provides a popular platform for globally promoting their music.
If your smartphone is both your camera and your studio, Jamendo also offers iOS and Android apps for you to search and download tracks as well as social tools too so you can share your discoveries with others.
The goal of Jamendo is to be the link between artists who want to share their music and audiences around the world, both private and professional.
At the center of it all is an economic model that grants free music downloads for web users, while at the same time providing revenue opportunities for artists through commercial uses, via the music licensing platform Jamendo Licensing, which sells professional licenses for music synchronization and background music.
Need we say more? Take a look at Jamendo.com and get downloading!