I am helping a friend with their voice over reel for free and we're looking for some background music mostly for commercials or animation styles. Are their resources for free/cheap libraries around? I have found royalty free music which is what we want but it was still expensive for the sound clip. Since we need about 6 or 7 song clips, that was going to be about $200 or more.
Is this what I should expect? or are there other options? I believe in paying for music so I don't have a problem with that.
Really? Hmm ok. I just had no idea what to expect as far as pricing goes and I don't know what resources to look into. I didn't want to assume that the first results on my google search for background music were necessarily the best
I've used pieces from UniqueTracks.com for indie films. It's been a while, but - if I remember correctly - most individual tracks can be purchased for about $20 - $40, complete CDs for around $100, with no further licensing fees if your distributed product will be under 10,000 units. Different terms apply to major motion picture, TV, radio, etc. usage (filing with ASCAP, BMI & SESAC, etc.).
Of course, there are thousands of composers, performers and indie bands out there who are willing to let you use their music used free of charge for "Festival Use" exposure purposes. I've sound quite a few really nice songs for indie films that were used under those terms.