Lets face it, getting licensing rights to music for your project is a can be a nightmare and sometimes free music options sound like the music playing in the waiting room of a prison.
New York based Shutterstock, primarily known for its stock photography, has partnered with micro-licensing leaders Rumblefish to launch a music portion of their website. Shutterstock now hosts thousands of high-quality tracks under a simple interface that are available for license which can easily boost your production value tremendously.
Shutterstock Founder and CEO Jon Oringer felt that he could create an experience that made music licensing easy and affordable for filmmakers and other content creators. "As technology makes it easier to stream rich media, our video footage licensing business has been growing rapidly," Oringer said. "With that comes a growing need for sound, and we felt we could offer high-quality music with simpler pricing than what is currently available," he added. "Shutterstock makes it easier than ever for businesses to obtain the highest quality music for their productions."
Music licensing on Shutterstock starts at $79 (currently reduced to $49) for use on a single project, which includes theatrical film usage in one country, broadcast usage for up to a million people, and unlimited web and podcast usage. For a more comprehensive package, including unlimited theatrical usage, licensing runs $499 (currently reduced to $419).
Shutterstock music caters to the user with the ability to sort by mood, genre, and even tempo. For a more detailed search, it allows songs to be pulled up by keywords, and it even has some assembled collections on its simple, clean, page. When playing a track, Shutterstock music allows for saving tracks to a soundbox, and it offers a visual Waveform.
For more information on Shutterstock music or to try it out yourself, visit www.shutterstock.com/music/.