Where can I download music for Documentaries?

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While music is an important part to any documentary, it can be difficult to find free (and legal) music to download. Here are a few sites which have public domain music and sounds that you can download for free.

Public

Domain Music

Musopen allows you to download public domain music. You can browse their collection by composer, performer, instrument, period, and form. Sheet Music is also available.
Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project, which is available from the Department of Special Collections at the University of California – Santa Barbara, provides free access to public domain music.

You can browse their collection by genre, instruments, and subject. Learn more about “Cylinder Recordings” here.

The Recorded Sound Reference Center provides access to some of the Library of Congress’ public domain music.

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