Often, when creating presentations of my photos, I love to include music. You can add another dimension to your art by including a track that compliments the style of your presentation, especially when you just want to show images without any voice-over content. When you find the perfect musical compliment it can heighten the appeal of the presentation.
Like the images we display, music is a copyrighted work and can’t be included in a presentation without the appropriate licensing. Using music without permission is like having someone use your photos in a presentation, ad, or other work without your permission. I do not allow my images to be used without license or permission so I don’t use copyrighted music.
But that’s hard! It’s so easy to go to iTunes and find an MP3 from my collection of thousands of songs to use in a presentation. Since I can’t do that, what do I do? There are a number of online resources that offer royalty-free music. I sell some of my work through stock agencies and noticed that iStockPhoto is now offering royalty-free music. Doing a Google or similar search will find a number of places offering this type of music licensing.
I recently became aware of a new site – Stock20.com. Stock20 has broadcast-quality music of all types available with royalty-free licensing – you buy a song and you can use it over and over again in your presentations, PowerPoint, broadcasts, websites, etc. You simply can’t resell, sub license or remix any of the songs. The pricing is straightforward too – $20 a song. That’s even a little inaccurate as you get multiple versions of the song in various lengths. That makes it a lot easier to fit into your work without needing to edit down the length of the song. In fact, most “songs” contain 10 – 15 versions of the same piece. Their stuff is good too!
If you’re looking for something like this use this referral link and you’ll get a free song when you sign up (a $20 value!). There’s no credit card or purchase required to get the free song and there’s no commitment. There’s also no telling when they’re going to end this promotion! For full disclosure, I get a free song too when you sign up. Even without this, I’d recommend the site.
Let me know what you think!