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Creative Commons Licensed Music and Alternative Music Licences for Non-Educational Purposes of TAFEs

Generally, when TAFEs want to play music for non-educational purposes they will need to take out a licence from OneMusic (https://onemusic.com.au/). 

However, there may be instances where TAFEs can use alternative sources of music such as:

  • Free music available under Creative Commons Licences
  • Alternative music licences to those offered by OneMusic

Music licensed under Creative Commons is free whereas alternative music licences to those offered by OneMusic are much cheaper than those offered by the music collecting societies. 

Free music available under Creative Commons Licences

TAFEs can use Creative Commons licensed music free of charge provided you comply with the terms of the licence. The minimum requirement of the Creative Commons licences is attribution – that is acknowledging the copyright owner and creator when you use a copy of their work.  See the Creative Commons for Educators Information Pack for further information on Creative Commons Licences.

Set out below are websites where you can search for Creative Commons licensed music: 

Vimeo   Online community with option to search for CC content   
SoundCloud
Online sharing platform with option to filter search results for CC content
Jamendo CC music distribution site
CcMixter CC sound remix tool and archive
Opsound CC music archive
Magnatune CC record label
CCHits  Collaborative podcast where users can contribute, find, and share music under CC licences  
Freesound Collaborative database of sounds   
SoundTransit  Archive of “field recordings” from various locations around the world published under a CC Attribution licence
Kompoz Online artists community collaboration  
Musopen   Open classical music/jazz and sheet music
iBeat   Free beats, loops and breaks samples  
CC Trax   Directory of free music  
JewelBeat
Free background music beats 
AudionautiX  Free production music  
FMA Free collection of audio works  
Purple Planet Music for online videos  
Incompetech  Selection of music which you can search by genre or feel 
Bump Foot Collection of techno, trance beats and electronic dance music  


Alternative music licences to those offered by OneMusic

Some copyright owners offer an alternative and cheaper licence than those offered by OneMusic.  These licences are offered as a cheaper alternative since they do not require either or both of the music collecting societies that are part of OneMusic (APRA and PPCA). If you have any questions on the music licences your TAFE requires, please contact your CAG TAFE representative or the National Copyright Unit:  https://www.smartcopying.edu.au/copyright-guidelines/footer-menu/contact-us.

Set out below are examples of alternative music licences to those offered by OneMusic that can be utilised by TAFE institutes, fitness centres and cafes and restaurants:

Audio Network   Online store for direct licenced sound recordings  
Visual Sounds   Music on hold, restaurants/cafes, fitness centres and background music
Music on Hold   Music on hold
In Tune Media
Music on hold and background music
AKM Music  
Music on hold  
Pond5 Music on hold
Bensound  Music on hold  
 Yes! Fitness Music Australia Fitness centre music 
 Power Music Fitness centre music