If you’re embarking on a video project, perhaps an explainer video, podcast, school project or video presentation, using the right production music can be the key to successfully drawing your viewers in; but finding the perfect song to use beneath a voice over actor‘s recording can seem a daunting task.

Of course you could commission a track to be composed especially for you, but that can run into tens of thousands of dollars.

Luckily, there are plenty of places available for you to find free music for your video project, but where can you get it from and how do you know if you have the legal right to use it for your project?

Using copyrighted material in your video may seem like an easy mistake to make, but it’s illegal and can get you into a lot of trouble.

So how do you make sure that your choice of track is acceptable to use in your video?

The most important thing is to understand what licenses are available when downloading free music, and making sure that you follow the rules for each license.

You’ve probably heard a number of different terms when talking about rights to use music, so what do they actually mean?