Music for podcast intro/outro
Album art is easy to change and tweak, but your audio branding is hard to change, helps define your show and sets the tempo and energy for the show.
— Mark Deal
It’s important to use royalty-free music or to get required permissions upfront, to avoid copyright issues down the line.
Any reproduction or performance of a copyrighted work without permission, is infringement. — Daniel J. Lewis, The Audacity to Podcast
For examples of what is and isn’t “fair use”, read schoolofpodcasting.com/fair-use
You have three main options:
1. Use material that’s in the public domain
Anything in public domain (like classic fairytales) is free for anyone to use.
Of course, ideally you want a distinctive sound… “One thing with using royalty free music though is to keep in mind that since they are royalty free, other people may use the same tunes.” — Tanel Jäppinen
2. Buy music cheaply
3. Commission original music just for your podcast
If your budget permits, consider hiring a freelance musician to create a jingle just for your show. This gives your show a truly distinctive feel.
Bonus: Add free sound effects to your show
Whether for your intro or for use during the episode, there are a variety of free sounds available on places like archive.org. Check out this free set of samples including applause, police siren, crickets…
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Where to go next:
Read: Growth for podcasters
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