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Get free royalty free music for your projects

Free Royalty Free Music

Who We Work With

We are an established sync agent working directly with music supervisors, broadcasters, TV production companies, advertising agents and games publishers worldwide licensing music and earning our rights holders revenue.

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BBC logo, BBC is one of the UK's biggest host of multiple radio stations, TV channels and more
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What Is Royalty-Free Music?

The word ‘free’ can be misleading as royalty-free and free stock music still requires a licence to use. However, unlike other licences, the use of royalty-free music only requires one upfront payment which allows you to use the track however you like as royalties do not need to be paid, hence the term ‘royalty-free’. 


Royalty-free licences vary from company to company but in general, royalty-free music comes with:

  • A one-off single payment with no additional usage costs
  • Usage across all platforms and media
  • Global clearance for all territories

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Free Royalty-free Music

Finding music available to use for free is extremely rare but we’ve put together a small selection of stock audio and royalty-free tracks for you to download and use in your media at absolutely no cost!

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Stock Music, Copyright-Free, Creative Commons

The terminology used around royalty-free music can be blurry so it’s important to fully understand what you can and can’t do with the music you find. The terms stock music, public domain, copyright-free, and creative commons often come up when talking about royalty-free music but they all mean slightly different things which, if misunderstood, can cause issues further down the line for your project.

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Looking for more tracks?

If you’re working on bigger productions, or need background music for video, royalty-free tracks might not work well but we have a huge catalogue of production library music as well as commercial tracks available for easy and affordable licensing within your project.

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Make your music available for licensing

If you have tracks available for licensing, we can offer you sync representation working with clients all over the world looking for background music. Earn money from your music and potentially get the thrill of hearing your music in film, tv, advertising and games!

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What our members are saying

“I’m a daily user, whether that’s checking briefs or pitching for sync. I’ve used other systems and I’ve disregarded them all in favour of Music Gateway.”

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Tom Wells

Sync & Licensing manager

“I like the proactive route MG takes, daily opportunities and the way I can pitch specific music instead of just uploading my library.”

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Paul (1812 Music)

Producer / musician

“I've been a member for 2 years. I upgraded to their Influencer tier a year ago and with this one sync alone it's paid for itself many times over.”

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Jackson Snapp

Producer / DJ

"Music Gateway reflects the reality of today, movement, freshness and technology at the same time. I love it."

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Pamela Pagano

Publisher, OML Sync

“Since joining during the early days, it’s rapidly grown into an impressive music licensing hub. Equally, the team hasn't lost their personal touch!”

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Kathy Brown

Singer Songwriter

"The new generation of sync platforms online such as Music Gateway are a really good way to find clients"

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Tom Wells, Head of Sync at Mayfield records using Music Gateway for storing music, managing metadata & sending files.
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Pamela Pagano is a label manager at One More Lab who loves the technology Music Gateway use to empower independent creatives
Kathy Brown is an independent Singer Songwriter who has been using Music Gateway for a number of years
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Feel free to jump on a call with us, we're glad to run through your needs and our services. We’re passionate about delivering excellent results in a totally transparent way, so drop us a line.

Royalty Free Music: What Is Royalty Free Music & How Do I Get It 

If you’re looking to make content, perhaps a film or online video, using royalty free music can really step up your creative game in an extremely simple way. Royalty free music, for podcasts for instance, adds a level of professionalism to your content. Let’s discuss what license free music is as well as where you can get royalty free background music. 

What Is Royalty Free Music?

Royalty free music is a type of music licensing that allows the purchaser to pay for the music license only once. This means, after purchase, they can use the music for as long as they desire.

Can I Monetize Royalty Free Music?

You can monetize royalty free music content if the licence agreement grants you rights to use it commercially. Occasionally rights owners will require you to credit the creator of the content or give proof of purchase to use it in your video for commercial purposes.

How Much Does Royalty Free Music Cost?

Royalty free music can be licensed at any price. This is since it is not a price structure, it is simply a licensing model. 

You can find Royalty Free music for both $30 and $600. It has nothing to do with pricing. It has to do with the licensing model of not charging royalties each time the music is used. 

Having said this, music licensed with a Royalty Free model is normally fairly inexpensive and affordable for most people.

Where Can I Get Royalty Free Music For Free?

There are a number of places you can find copyright free background music. If you require the music for a YouTube video for instance, there is a built in YouTube audio library. It contains a wide array of genres of royalty free music for videos.

Music Gateway

Here at Music Gateway, we have a wide array of royalty free music on our online music library. We’ve put together a small selection of stock audio and the best royalty-free music for you to download and use in your media at absolutely no cost!

Be sure to not get royalty free music and copyright free music confused.“Copyright free” music doesn’t really exist since anyone who creates a piece of music automatically owns the Copyright for that music. However, the creator may say that anyone can use their music for any purpose. In this case, the Copyright owner gives you the “right to copy” their music for any purpose. 

In this case, their music is  free to use but that does not make it free of Copyright. Additionally, it does not mean that the composer of the track has given up their Performing Rights if their music ends up a background music on television for example. 

The composer as the Copyright owner may want to receive his composer’s royalties for the public performance of his music. Even the recordings of Public Domain music are not Copyright Free. The composition may be Copyright Free but not the Master. 

How Do I Make Royalty Free Music For Free?

There are many ways you can make royalty free music for free. Once you have recorded your tracks and done all the necessary mixing and mastering, you can upload your music to online royalty free music libraries. Join Music Gateway today if you want to get you the ball rolling on making money from your royalty free music!

Our Final Thoughts

We’ve been through everything you need to know about royalty free music. From what royalty free music is and how it works, to what it can cost. As we’ve mentioned, it is an extremely easy way to upgrade the production value of your content, be it podcast or YouTube video. 

Music Gateway is one of the best royalty-free music sites out there so be sure to check out our services today!

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