This information sheet lists alternative sources of:
- Open and free music available under creative commons licences
- Non PPCA/APRA music licences
Music licensed under Creative Commons is free whereas the non PPCA/APRA music licences are much cheaper than those offered by the music collecting societies. TAFEs can use CC licenced music or purchase non PPCA/APRA music for non-educational purposes if they consider APRA or PPCA licensed music is not required. Examples of uses where this may be appropriate are music on hold, background music, music in the workplace, one-off events, restaurants/cafes and fitness centres.
Open Music Sources
Openly licenced works are free to use and commonly licensed under Creative Commons (CC) licences. TAFEs can use CC licenced music free of charge provided you comply with the terms of the licence. The mere minimum of the CC licences is attributing (acknowledge) the name of the copyright owner and creator when you use a copy of their work. See the Creative Commons for Educators Information Pack
for further information on Creative Commons Licences.
Set out below are the best websites where you can search for CC licensed music.
| Vimeo || Online community with option to search for CC content |
| SoundCloud |
| Online sharing platform with option to filter search results for CC content |
|Jamendo ||CC music distribution site |
|CcMixter ||CC sound remix tool and archive |
|Opsound ||CC music archive |
|Magnatune ||CC record label |
| CCHits || Collaborative podcast where users can contribute, find, and share music under CC licences |
|Freesound || Collaborative database of sounds |
| SoundTransit ||Archive of “field recordings” from various locations around the world published under a CC Attribution licence |
| Kompoz ||Online artists community collaboration |
| Musopen || Open classical music/jazz and sheet music |
| iBeat || Free beats, loops and breaks samples |
| CC Trax || Directory of free music |
| Free background music beats |
|AudionautiX || Free production music |
|FMA || Free collection of audio works |
|Purple Planet || Music for online videos |
|Incompetech || Selection of music which you can search by genre or feel |
|Bump Foot || Collection of techno, trance beats and electronic dance music |
Non PPCA/ APRA Music
Some copyright owners offer an alternative and cheaper licence than those offered by PPCA and APRA These licences are offered as a cheaper alternative since they do not require either or both of the APRA and PPCA licences. You should refer to the websites for details of which licences are not required. If you have any questions please contact your CAG TAFE representative or the National Copyright Unit www.smartcopying.edu.au
Set out below are examples of non PPCA/APRA music licences that can be utilised by TAFE institutes, fitness centres and cafes and restaurants.