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Finding and Using Public Domain Music
The marketing power is what makes public domain music such a great
opportunity. Music can be found everywhere we go throughout our lives,
there is often music playing as we ride the elevator to twentieth floor,
we play it in our cars on the way to work and we can even hear it over
the loudspeaker at many of our favorite markets and shopping
destinations. Now all of this music may not be our favorite genre to
listen to, but it is there. Sometimes you visit a web site and find a
soft background music playing, this is often used as a calming or
relaxing effect, because studies show that if you are relaxed while
shopping you tend to stay and shop for longer than you would otherwise.
is arguably one of the best places on the web for finding public domain
sheet music. As of this writing they are home to over 7,500 publicly
available works, and everything is nicely organized with plenty of
information and history on the composers.
3. PDmusic.org has a very large
list of wonderful, profitable public domain music. To get started you
can browse the listings by composer, genre and era to find your
favorites. There are also some other helpful resources on the site to
help get you headed in the right direction.
4. There is a nice collection of classical piano sheet music at
sheetmusic1.com. The sheet music is available for free download.
5. Musopen is a nicely designed
site filled classical public domain material. It is all provided
copyright free as it should be. They have provided some great historical
and background information about the composers, you can listen to the
music right from the web page and most of them also have a link to
download the sheet music for each beautifully composed masterpiece.
6. You can find over 1000 pieces of classical sheet music online at
the Mutopia Project
web site. Not only can you browse by composer and style, they also are
the only service I have found that allows you to browse by instrument,
which in my work has been a very valuable asset. They are frequently
adding new works to the database, and should definitely be in your list
is another extensive database filled with classical sheet music. I will
tell you the biggest draw back of this site is that they only allow you
two free downloads per day, or unlimited if you pay twenty dollars a
year. Although it is cheap enough, there are other places to go that you
can download this music for free. However, you should take note as this
is a great example for making money with your collection of public
in Rhyme offers royalty free and public domain sound effects to
download for your multimedia projects. This list includes animal sounds,
domestic sounds, computer sounds, bird sounds and a whole lot more.
These are great for use in web sites as roll overs and other projects.
9. The ezFolk library
offers some great folk music found in the public domain. They have taken
some of the work out for you by digitally reprinting these classic folk
song books for you to view and download.
10. PDsounds.org is a massive
directory of free public domain sound effects and audio clips. You can
find virtually every sound you may want right there in their database.
You can search the database and browse by tags to find your favorites.
This is a great place to turn to when working on multimedia projects as
short audio clips are often used web site production.
2. Reproducing the works is another great way to make money with
public domain music. The classical music would be a wonderful addition
to any piano bar, upscale night club and even concert halls as well. If
you are a performer at heart and musically inclined to do so, this is an
excellent opportunity. You can even rework these classics and create
your own renditions, to add a new flare to an otherwise already great
3. Virtually every new computer these days comes with a cd burner,
and many people never even use them. Turn your cd burner into cash by
putting together albums or music collections and selling them online
through eBay or your own web site, you may even consider selling them
from your own brick and mortar store. Consider building special
collections like a Christmas cd, Bach cd to narrow down the focus and
marketing for one specific niche.
4. Create an ebook filled with sheet music for other musicians. Many
people do not know what the public domain is or how to obtain the
material, so this allows you to get a step up on the competition and
offer something new and unique. Again this would be a great product for
eBay or your own web site, with an excellent earning potential. You may
also put together collections of a specific artist or music genre.
5. Dig up some old time radio shows, you know the type before they
had television, and burn those to cd. Many people like to listen to
these types of materials on long road trips and rainy days. They are
very popular because they are something remembered by the older crowd,
bring back those childhood memories for them, and put some cash in your
pocket while your at it.
6. Build a web site or directory of current public domain music, for
others to download and listen to or profit from. You can also convert
the music into other formats, like the iPod and charge per download. The
options for this method are really only limited to your imagination and
may prove to be very profitable.
7. Use the music as backgrounds to film production or podcasts. This
would be a pretty simple way to really add something special to your
production work and would separate you from the rest of those podcasters
8. Clip sound effects from music pieces and create your own sound
effect or audio clip library. This would require the correct software,
but is easy enough to do if you have the know how.