Find your sound.
Depending on your budget, there are a few options to find the ideal playlist for your project. Keep in mind that if you want to use popular songs, you’ll have to purchase a music license to avoid copyright infringement; the more notable the song, the higher the pricing.
If you want to keep costs down, you can search for music with a creative commons license, which means it’s free to use with some guidelines. Or you can use royalty-free background music from a music library online. Royalty-free background music can range anywhere from $10 to $1000 per track.
“There are a lot of royalty-free music sites where you can find music tracks for smaller projects if you’re just starting and want something as filler,” says audio engineer Sam Kingston.
If your budget allows and you need something customized for your clip, you can hire a composer. This is helpful if you can’t find a track that you like or if there are many mood changes in your work. “The composer is key in producing a cohesive soundscape for the project,” Kingston says.
Whatever music you choose, don’t forget to add an attribution to the end credits.