Find music for your videos in Audio Library

The YouTube Audio Library is a collection of music and sound effects for YouTube creators to use in their videos.

Free music

Some of these are high-quality 320kbps tracks available to download and use royalty-free. You can find this music under the Free music tab. It won’t be claimed through Content ID if you use it in your video, which means you’ll be able to monetize.

When you apply to monetize a video that includes a track from the Free Music tab, you may be required to supply additional documentation to show you have commercial use rights to the music. In this case, please include the music’s exact title and a brief statement that you downloaded it from the YouTube Audio Library.

Ad-supported music

The Ad-supported music tab features music that copyright owners, like record labels, manage through Content ID. Copyright owners can decide how they want their music to be used on YouTube. You can search for music in the Audio Library and see how the owner’s policy will affect your video. 

Review the copyright owner’s policy

You can follow these guidelines to see what will happen if you upload a video that includes certain music.

  1. Go to the Audio Library
  2. Click on the Ad-supported music tab
  3. Search for the music you want to use
  4. Once you find the music you want to use, you’ll see the copyright owner’s policy for videos that include it. There are a few types of policies you may see:
    1. Monetize: Ads will appear on your video and revenue will go to the copyright owner.
    2. Block worldwide: One or more copyright owners don’t allow use of the music, and your video will be unavailable on YouTube.
    3. Block in some countries: One or more copyright owners have restricted the countries in which the music is available, and your video won’t be viewable where the music is blocked.

Note: If you upload music listed in the Ad-supported tab, you won’t be able to monetize your video.

Copyright owners can change policies and issue copyright takedown notices under certain circumstances, so your video’s status may change in the future -- it may even be removed from YouTube.

Policies displayed in the Audio Library describe only what will happen to your video if you publish it on YouTube. YouTube cannot give you information about legal liability or other issues that can occur off the platform. You may wish to consult a qualified attorney if you have questions about your use of music.

Using the Audio library

To use the Audio Library:

  1. Go to the Audio Library
  2. Use the menu at the top of the page to browse tracks by genre, duration, and more
  3. Blue bars show you how popular a track is
  4. When you’ve found a track you like, download it by clicking the arrow
  5. Add the track to your favorites for easy access
Find more tips and best practices on where to source sound for your videos in the Creator Academy.

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