Music or Sound Effects?

If you're using my background music, please read on. If you're using sound effects, please see my sound effects policy page instead.

Music Policy & FAQ

There are two options when it comes to using my background music:

How would you like to be credited in my video?

Crediting only required if you have not donated.

If you are using background music from my website or youtube page, you should write in video description or website text the following:

Royalty free music from

I want to monetize an online video with your music. How can I do this without getting a copyright claim?

You must pay for a usage license(see above questions for details) before uploading video. After donating, upon uploading your video, send me the link and I can get all copyright claims of my music removed. Copyright claim removals normally take around 4 hours or less, on business days/hours. If you don't want anyone to see the video until this process ends, just upload your video as 'unlisted' until the copyright claims are removed.

Can I use your background music in my project, for free?

If the project you are using the background music in is NOT commercial in nature(making money, selling, promoting a business, etc...), then yes you can use it for free. If your project is commercial, or making profit, donation is required for usage.

I've used your background music for free(non commercial use). Does that mean I am required to donate?

As an independent artist, it's always appreciated, but not required :)

How do I donate to you?

On the menu of this website there is a link that says "Donate" - Simply click there and enter details. After doanting, I will send you a follow up email.

How much does a usage license cost? (How much should I donate?)

I understand that every person or project has a different budget. Because of this, I let you decide whatever amount of money you wish to donate in order to get a usage license.

Are you giving me a royalty free license?

Yes - unless you are using the music in a video that airs on commercial television.

What does Royalty Free, really mean?

A royalty free license means that after you obtain a license, you can use a track more than once without paying again, for a particular project.

Do I have to buy a license for EVERY track? Or can I just buy one license for all of your tracks?

This is also up to you. Whatever is in your budget, per project or video basis.

I'm not sure if my project will make me money in the future. Can I still use your background music, for free?

In this case, you can use the music for free, but if you end up making money, then you are required to donate at that time.

After I buy a usage license, can I re-use the music in multiple projects?

The license can only be used on the project which you are buying it for at the time. If you want to re-use a track for a different project, you will need to buy a license for the track again.

If I use the donate button on your website, in what form can I expect the license to be emailed to me?

Music licenses can come in many forms. Some people have forms for film festivals which I can gladly fill out. Others simply require a generic statement, official PDF document, or plain email that says they can use the tracks they are licensing. After your payment, send me an email and let me know what kind of form you want the license in, and I'll be happy to send it over.

I posted a video online with your background music and I received a copyright claim. Will my video or channel be removed!!!???

If you haven't purchased a usage license from me, YouTube, facebook, etc, is simply notifying you of the background music. Just leave the claim undisputed and you are good to go! If you have purchased a license from me, just send me the video link and the claim will be removed shortly.

Can I use your background music for school use?

Yes. School use is free, but if the video ends up on youtube, please see above questions for details on this.

How much do you charge for custom music?

My rates vary based on a number of factors. The best thing to do is send me an email with details such as the length of your video, how many minutes of music you want created, and if possible, the video itself.

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