Free Music for Videos that Doesn’t Suck

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I heard this from a charity after I’d used the Audiojungle bestseller “Health, Happiness and Success” for the 100th time.

Finding music that is cheap but doesn’t sound cheap was always a nightmare. But a few years ago I noticed that some amazing Soundcloud artists were allowing YouTubers like Casey Neistat to use their music in exchange for crediting them.

Over the last 3 years I’ve assembled a list of artists that are far better than stock music and are free (or only require you to purchase their track on Bandcamp) as long as you credit them.

After keeping them a secret I’m now sharing 5 of the top artists I’ve found so you can be released from stock music hell.

If you’re unsure about license info then get in touch with them.


1. David Cutter

A Casey Neistat favourite, David Cutter makes a range of things but a lot of them are playful and jazzy.


Free for YouTube and Podcasts with the credit “Music by: David Cutter Music –” as long as you buy on his Bandcamp.

Get in touch if it’s a commercial video. License info.

2. Floppy Circus

Funky, upbeat with a nostaligic vibe.


“You can use my music in your videos as long as you credit both my Soundcloud and Facebook page”. Tracks can be downloaded at the Floppy Circus Bandcamp page.



3. Birocratic

If you’ve watched a Buzzfeed video you’ve probably heard Birocratic’s smooth instrumental hip hop many times.


Download the tracks via Bandcamp and fill out this license application and he’ll send you a license agreement.


4. Anti

Sombre, haunting hip hop beats straight from Poznan, Poland.


Download at from the Bandcamp. “Once you legally purchase my tracks you can use them in your video.”



5. Jeff Kaale

With 148K followers and 99 tracks of buttery smooth hip hop, Jeff is a real gem.


License info. Download from Bandcamp and credit the social media accounts.

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14 Free Footage Sites That Don’t Suck

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A few years ago, I started to put together a list of stock footage sites and shared it with a few filmmaker friends. Over time they added to it and now we’ve got a pretty badass list. Here are all the sources for free footage that we’ve found so far.

Thanks to everyone who has added to this list and let me know if you’ve got any more suggestions.

  1. Pond5 Free

  2. Public Resource Org

  3. Mitch Martinez Free Red Epic Stock Footage

  4. Videoevo


  6. Open Footage

  7. Vimeo Free HD

  8. US National Archives

  9. Library of Congress American Memory Project 

    Limited but eclectic range of historical US cultural materials. Free but some of it requires permissions.

  10. American Library of Congress

  11. Hubble Space Telescope Imagery

  12. Wikimedia

  13. Creative Commons Search

    Allows you to search YouTube, Vimeo and Wikimedia foundation for creative commons footage. Free if done with proper attribution/ guidelines.

  14. Google Earth Pro

    All Google Earth satellite data is free to use as long as you leave the satellite data at the bottom of the screen and the mark of Satan in the bottom right corner intact. You can animate it using the Tour and Movie Maker functions in Google Earth Pro, and 1080p 60fps output looks pretty cool. Google guidelines and more details.