There are a number of sources for downloading music and sounds to incorporate into projects and presentations.  Some are free, while others require a fee before downloading.  Some free sources are restricted for student use, with certain conditions.  Be sure to check the terms and conditions page of any site you use.  Several sites provide access to artists who offer a Creative Commons license. 

These works may often be freely used, but as there are six different types of cc licenses, take care to ensure you read the license before incorporating into your work.

To cite music in a works cited list,  consult UNBC's Academic Success Centre's help for Referencing and Citations. They offer guides for MLA, APA, and other styles. To credit music from these sites, always check the terms and conditions for the individual sound, if available, and link or mention the source institution and the creator, if given, where the soundclip appears in your document.


Wikimedia Commons is free. Everyone is allowed to copy, use and modify any files here freely as long as they follow the terms specified by the author; this often means crediting the source and author(s) appropriately and releasing copies/improvements under the same freedom to others. The license conditions of each individual media file can be found on their description page. 
  Creative Commons
A nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Creators determine the type of cc license they wish to apply to their work.
Offers free streaming and download of music published under Creative Commons licenses. On Jamendo, artists grant use of their music for private uses free of payment.

A community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want.


Free Music Archive
All music you'll find here is free, meaning that it is available for you to download at no cost. What else you're allowed to do with the music varies depending on the license that's associated with each track. Many of the licenses that cover works are Creative Commons licenses.


All sounds in the Opsound pool are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license) or are placed in the public domain (the license information for each song can be found under the song link). This means you are free  to download works, make copies, share them, include them in other works, remix and rearrange them, and even sell them. The Attribution-ShareAlike license requires that you attribute the works to their original authors/musicians (attribution), and that any derivative works (anything you make using the sound files) be licensed under the same license (share alike).



A social sound platform for artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music and audio. Search for source material using the creative commons limiter.


  PacDVFree Sound Effects
You may use the sound effects and audio clips on this web site free of charge in your video, film, audio and multimedia productions but do not re-sell or re-license the sounds to anyone else, post on a web site for download, or link directly to individual sound files.

Freeplay Music
Free student educational use. Terms
Professional quality music and sounds. Includes a small subset of free downloadable music and sounds.


Includes general sound effects, public domain sound effects, and free royalty free sound effects and music which may be downloaded and used in your multimedia projects. Majority of site is fee-based music and sound effects collections available for purchase. Check the terms of usage.


  NEO Sounds
Free flash music players for your web site. Download a small code that Neosounds provides and add it to your webpage. It will add a music player with embedded Royalty Free music. 

Offers a wide variety of music, audio themes and sound effects for grades K -12 and universities that ensures your copyright safety. Perfect for podcasts, PowerPoint™, videos, news shows, video yearbooks, digital storytelling, presentations, TV broadcasts, web design and more!
Fee-based access to a collection of stock music. Offers simple download and licensing. Royalty-free, but not free.
A collection of music tracks are available to UNBC faculty and students, to be used ONLY for academic purposes. Contact the copyright office for password information. 


Users may use any music on this site in any project, but must attribute correctly according to the creative commons license.



World Hip Hop Beats
For educational use, this site allows free use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License