Free Music Archive

In the top tab, Select by Genre. “The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet.” You can listen to the tracks by clicking the play button. To download a track, select it, then right-click on the download arrow. Save Target as to your project file.

Freeplaymusic (FPM) has a large selection of music that can be sorted by genre, style, and feel (adventure, laid-back, etc.).  FPM grants “free master recording and synchronization rights to students… when FPM music is used by students within a school or class assignment. The assignment must be part of student curriculum, must only be viewed or heard within the classroom, campus, on a school’s closed circuit television and/or public announcement system and shall be free from any charge or admission fee. “

Library of Congress – American Memory

Sound Recordings: 25 Collections

The American Memory project is trying to preserve the “nation’s memory” by digitizing some of the Library of Congress’s collections of historical documents, moving images, sound recordings, prints and photographs. The sound collection has been divided into 25 collections. You can select the collection(s) you’d like to search. Each collection has images and audio—you’ll have to make sure you select the audio.

American Memory – Southern Mosaic

The Southern Mosaic is a collection of 700 sound recordings, fieldnotes, and other manuscripts documenting a three-month, 6,502-mile trip through the southern United States in 1939.

Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project

Musical and spoken selections from the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Cylinder recordings, the first commercially produced sound recordings, provide a snapshot of musical and popular culture in the decades around the turn of the 20th century. The University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) Libraries have created a digital collection of nearly 8,000 cylinder recording which can be freely downloaded or streamed online. If the use is non-commercial, you can use the files for your project under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 License.  Please provide an acknowledgment that reads “courtesy of University of California, Santa Barbara Library.”

LibriVox Public Domain
Their motto is “acoustical liberation of books in the public domain.”  This site features public domain books (mostly from Project Guttenberg, works prior to 1923) that are recorded and re-released as spoken books via the Internet.

Mutopia – Sheet Music in the Public Domain

This web site allows you to find and download sheet music. Most of the music is in the public domain. There are also contemporary pieces which the authors have chosen to make freely available.  You can search by composer, instrument, or style. All of the music on Mutopia may be freely downloaded, printed, copied, distributed, modified, performed and recorded. Most of Mutopia’s music is distributed under Creative Commons  licenses. Each piece clearly lists what license it is distributed under. For precise details of what each license permits, see the license details page.