Free music for Twitch (Royalty-free & DMCA-proof) 2021

This article contains FREE ways to get royalty-free, DMCA-proof music for your Twitch stream.

3 DMCA strikes and you’re out. That’s the sad reality Twitch streamers have to live with. If you want to avoid getting banned on Twitch, you need to stick to royalty-free music during your streams.

Many companies charge a monthly premium to access a library of royalty-free music. This article is about FREE ways to get copyright-free music on Twitch.

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🎬 This article is part of our Start Streaming on Twitch series.

How to avoid DMCA strikes on Twitch

🙅‍♀️ Don’t play any music you are unsure about

You’d be surprised how quickly you can get a DMCA on Twitch. The safest way to avoid any type of trouble is to only play music that you’re sure off.

  • Not sure if the song is copyrighted or not? Don’t use it.
  • Small artist surely doesn’t have his/her music copyrighted? NOT TRUE. Don’t use it.

🙅‍♀️ Purchasing music does not give you the right to use it on your Twitch stream

Many streamers seem to be under the impression that when they purchase a song on iTunes or have an active Spotify subscription, they can freely play those songs in the background of their Twitch stream. This is not true.

👍 Stick to royalty-free music ONLY

Royalty-Free music means the music is free from future payments.

You don’t need a license to play this music on stream.

did you know

Copyright-free is not the same as Royalty-Free.

Copyright-free means the music is in the public domain. This mainly applies to songs where the copyright has expired (e.g. published before 1942)

These uncopyrighted songs don’t require licensing and can be used in whichever way you see fit.

Royalty-free music is still licensed, and you are limited in its use, but you can still use them for Twitch.

Free DMCA-free music for Twitch

1. Streambeats

Streambeats is a copy-right free music library designed with Twitch streamers and YouTubers in mind.

The Streambeats library contains over 1,000 songs in 10 different genres. Examples of genres are lo-fi, rock, EDM, synthwave, and more.

👉Attribution required: no

2. OWN3D Music

Own3d music is a library of over 200+ royalty-free music designed for Twitch streamers.

👉Attribution required: no

Listen to OWN3D MUSIC

3. Comfi beats

Comfi beats is a YouTube channel owned by LilyPichu. The music genre is lo-fi and streamers have permission from Lily to use her music on stream.

👉Atribbution required: yes

4. Chillhop

Chillhop is a YouTube channel that offers Lo-fi and chillhop music for YouTubers and Twitch streamers.

Heads up: you need to sign up to their creator’s platform (100% free) and link your Twitch channel in order to use their music for free.

👉Attribution required: yes

5. TheRelaxedMovement

TheReleaxedMovement is a YouTube channel that provides 12 hour long DMCA-free Lo-fi beats for Twitch streamers.

👉Attribution required: yes

6. Gamechops

Gamechops is a record label specializing in video game music. All music found on their YouTube channel is DMCA-safe and can be used by Twitch streamers.

👉Attribution required: yes

7. Royalty Free Music

Royalty Free Music is a YouTube channel dedicated to providing creators with royalty and copyright-free music.

👉Attribution required: yes

How to Give Credit

Most Royalty-Free music requires some form of attribution.

Especially if the music comes from an artist (and not a service like StreamBeats).

And if not required, they will definitely appreciate it.

Here’s a couple of ways you can give credit for the music you use on stream.

✏️ Let your chat bot post a link

✏️ Use an OBS plugin to display the song that is now playing

✏️ Create a music graphic in your Twitch profile where you leave attribution

If you’re using copyright-free music that belongs to an artist, you should always check out how you can credit them.

Many artists on YouTube will state how you can credit them in the description of their video.

Or they might have something listed on their site.

Tip: search [music] + ‘how to credit’.

For example, the google search: ‘comfi beats how to credit’ gave me the following result:

LilyPichu allows the usage of her music on Twitch, as long as there is some form of attribution.

Some artists are a little more strict in their attribution rules so make sure you get it right.

If you can’t figure out how you can credit them, you can tweet at them.

Free Music for Twitch by Twitch

soundtrack by twitch

Twitch has released its very own (free) library of DMCA-free music.

It’s called ‘Soundtrack by Twitch’ and you can install the beta today.

Soundtrack by Twitch integrates with your OBS software.

How to use Soundtrack by Twitch

Step 1: Install SoundTrack by Twitch

You’ll be prompted to authorize your Twitch.

Step 2: Pick your OBS software

Pick OBS or Streamlabs depending on the software that you use.

Install the plug-in and hit next.

You’ll now be able to add play music from Soundtrack.

Step 3: Add source to OBS

In your OBS head over to ‘Sources’ and add ‘Soundtrack by Twitch’ as a source.

Now you can play DMCA-Free songs from Soundtrack by Twitch as background music for your stream!

There are many free services and artists that offer royalty-free music for Twitch.

If you still need more, you can go for a premium service.

Paying for any of these three services will grant you access to a library with tens of thousands of songs.

epidemic sound dmca free twitch music

🎵 35,000+ royalty-free songs

💵 $15 per month

1. Epidemic Sound

A favorite among streamers. Epidemic Sound has a free 30-day trial to get you started.

dmca free twitch music by envato elements

🎵 91,477+ royalty-free songs

💵 $16.50 per month

2. Envato Music

Envato Elements has a HUGE royalty-free library that you can browse and subscribe to.

royalty free twitch music by artlist

🎵 18,000+ royalty-free songs

💵 $16.60 per month

3. Artlist

If you love quality, you’ll dig Artlist’s royalty-free library.

FAQ

🤔 I accidentally played copyrighted music on stream, what do I do?

We all make mistakes. If you played some music you don’t have a license to make sure you delete the VOD. If you’re unsure how to delete a VOD, read our article.

🤔 Doesn’t music on Twitch count as fair use?

No. Playing music for entertainment does not fall under fair use.

🤔 Why did I get a DMCA strike on Twitch?

If you received a DMCA strike, you must have played copyrighted music on stream.

Most music is copyrighted and unless you obtain a license, you do not have the rights to play that music on stream.

🤔 Isn’t copyright-free music bad?

No! Just because music is copyright-free or royalty-free doesn’t mean the music is bad!

People listen to lo-fi and chillhop music ALL the time to study, work, commute, and so on! Many of those songs are royalty-free.

🤔 Can I play copyrighted music on stream if I remove the VOD?

If you remove the VOD, you’ll be eliminating a lot of the risk (because the proof is gone). But not all of the risk. You can still get DMCA’d while you’re streaming.

Additionally, removing VODs isn’t great when we speak in terms of your growth on Twitch.

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