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June 18, 2013 4:10 PM
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Attention Filmmakers: Here's How to Use Moby's Music For Free in Your Films

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Seminal DJ and electronic musician Moby has been making music for decades, beginning with his first solo release in 1991. Since then, Moby has also been vocal about his advocacy for various causes, including The Humane Society, Songs for Tibet, and MoveOn.org. Moby is continuing to combine his love of music and charitable causes by promoting his project Mobygratis.

With a website that describes itself as "music for independent filmmakers," the site is a resource for film students and independent and non-profit filmmakers seeking free music for their films. Moby ensures that even if the music is used for commercial films, he gets none of the proceeds; instead, all profits go towards The Humane Society. Mobygratis has a catalog of over 150 tracks by Moby that cover a wide breadth of styles and tempos.

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10 Comments

  • amy | July 13, 2013 4:46 PMReply

    I just used it for a community short film project. It's great and the music worked wonders - When I applied it took 2 days for the permission to come though. It gets sent within an email document stating you have permission - so if anyone asks later you have proof to show you are allowed to use it.

    BB - I would not use it for any film you intend to sell. I have hired a composer for 4 shorts now and will do so for my future film making. Getting a music composer not only sounds better but would be a lot cheaper than getting permission for songs.

  • BB | July 3, 2013 2:32 PMReply

    It's great and very generous, but I'd only recommend it if you have no desire whatsoever to sell your film. It has been extremely difficult to get the free/film festival license converted into a commercial license, which has created many problems for us. We've tried for 7 months now, with no response! We produced a short film to submit to festivals, used a free track in our closing credits, now have a few distribution offers on the table but we are unable to get any response from Moby Gratis, or its reps about changing the license, despite our willingness to pay a license fee so we can get our film out there. Our only option is to go back into the film and remove the track and change the credits, which is very expensive and the distribution deal isn't so lucrative to warrant that cost. The distribution deal isn't about making money (short film market is not lucrative!), it's about getting our work out there and seen. We would have used a different track to begin with had we known this would happen. Lesson learned, if you have any desire whatsoever to commercially exploit your film in the future, better to have a commercial license from the get go or use original music for which you own the rights.

  • Sarah | June 21, 2013 12:45 PMReply

    OMG, I've been using Mobygratis.com for at least 4-5 years... why's the ad so late?!

  • Slowwww | June 19, 2013 10:02 AMReply

    Little slow on the post. He announced this about 8 years ago. It's still a good reminder for filmmakers out there.

  • John | June 20, 2013 8:57 AM

    Wow. Overreact much? The guy made a legit point - whose the ass now?

  • Timely | June 19, 2013 7:47 PM

    Considering the post is referencing a two day old YT video, I think it's plenty timely. But I'm sure your blog had a link to the video last week. Ass.

  • yenkifit06 | June 19, 2013 7:50 AMReply

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  • mav_ian | June 19, 2013 12:02 AMReply

    *ensures

  • tyler4all | June 18, 2013 11:33 PMReply

    Wow, that is really nice of him! Saves me a buncha cash on my next short film! woohoo! and Moby's music is great!

  • Caitlin | June 18, 2013 7:36 PMReply

    This is really cool of him.