I need to put together an documentary/informational video. It's being submitted for a competition, so I don't know if I can use CC-SA or CC-NC-SA works like Magnatune. Where can I find CC-BY licenced or equalivent music suitable for use in video?
- CCMixter is a good source of CC (creative commons) music, with a whole category for instrumental music for videos and podcasts.
- Soundcloud has some CC licensed music, you can filter search results by license type, so you can choose CC-By, CC-NC etc. But most of the music is not free, so check the license details.
- Youtube offers free music for video creators.
- The Free Music Archive is another good resource, though not specifically all for video use, the content is CC licensed
- Incompetech, despite the off putting name is rather good. Not all CC, some are paid-for but royalty free.
- Well known artist Moby gives free music to students and independent artists. You have to apply for a license.
- There are several sites that offer Public Domain music. That's usually music that is old enough that the copyright has expired, so good if you're after some retro stylings.
With all of these sites the onus is on you to check the license. Just because you can download it free of charge doesn't necessarily mean you can use it free of charge. The sites offering properly documented Creative Commons licenses are probably the best bet if you want to make sure you're not going to run into trouble.