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The two types of free music you can use on YouTube

If you log into YouTube and go to the creator’s studio, then click on Audio Library (or go to youtube.com/audiolibrary/music), there are two sets of music you can use in your videos.

The first is royalty free and free for you to use in your videos no matter whether you upload them to YouTube or not. The downside is that most of these songs are ones you’ve never heard of before.

You may be tempted to use the second kind, the ones supported by advertising. After all, you’re doing church video, so you’re not trying to monetize your youtube channel. If that’s true, then giving advertising revenue to the artists is no big loss right? Maybe.

There are other terms and conditions that go with this type of music. First, the songs aren’t licensed for all localities. A lot of the ones I looked at weren’t licenced for Germany, for example. Perhaps this isn’t a big deal to you, but maybe you have a large mission force in Germany and want to use your videos there. If that case it it. The other issue is that these terms are subject to change. Maybe it’s okay to use them now, but it might not be later.

Depending on your circumstances, this might not be a big deal, but go into it with your eyes open.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Quest Community Church in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of TrinityDigitalMedia.com, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines.