August 27, 2015
If you use music in your YouTube videos, chances are you’ve received at least one copyright claim in the past. YouTube can automatically detect the music you used in your video, and the owner of that music gets to decide the fate of your video. While these copyright claims don’t always have a negative impact on your channel, they do mean that you can’t earn money from that video and sometimes it can put your channel at risk of receiving a strike.
Most channel owners want to earn money from their videos and since multiple copyright strikes can cause YouTube to terminate your account, it’s a good idea to only use music you have the rights to use.
To help solve this problem, YouTube has created a Free Audio Library with over 1,000 songs you can use royalty-free. The best part is that you can still monetize your videos that use these songs, so you will not run the risk of receiving a copyright notice from record labels or music publishers. The music in the Free Library Audio spans 14 different genres (including Hip Hop & Rap, Dance & Electronic, Cinematic, & Rock) and can be filtered by Mood, Instrument, and Duration.
The library also includes a massive library of sound effects that you can use for free, which you can access by logging into your YouTube account and clicking here.
Finally, YouTube has also provided a selection of Ad-supported music featuring artists like Wiz Khalifa, Major Lazer, & Psy, but you will not be able to earn money from videos that use this catalog. If you want to earn money from your YouTube channel, stick to the Free Audio Library.
Audio Library Overview