Welcome To Royalty Free Music by 300 Monks
Royalty Free Music For Creative Professionals Since 2004
Dear fellow creative professional,
My name is Andrew Ingkavet and I created this site as a resource for my fellow creatives.
Way back when I was an Art Director at Digitas and later Creative Director at FCB (now DRAFT/FCB), I was always looking for great music for my work. I was shocked to find few online resources for quality production music. Being a trained composer/producer, I started creating music for myself, then my teams and soon agency-wide.
An idea formed and since 2004, we’ve been serving the world great visual music that’s royalty free!
How we choose our royalty free music
Our music is all handpicked for quality in composition, structure and production
so you can get on with your work.
This will save you time instead of weeding out dozens of terrible tracks, you’ll browse stuff that already feels pretty close.
And, most important, it needs to conjure a picture or feeling in your mind.
Our production music is pure emotion that heightens and amplifies your work.
Our music is designed to captivate and build to climax without overpowering your work. It delivers an emotional subtext to your work.
I’ve never quite liked the term stock music as it gives off the feeling of subpar or something is not quite as good. Our music is used in film productions, web videos, television commercials, Powerpoint and Keynote presentations, animations, student films, project films, video games, websites and more.
It is meant for creative professionals.
Our Clients Big and Small Trust Us
We’ve had the great fortune to work with several Fortune 500 and even Fortune 100 global brands including American Express, MetLife, HP, Compaq, JPMorganChase, Nike, Adobe, MTV, Clairol, Timberland and many many more.
We’ve also been part of the work of many indie filmmakers, authors, start-up entrepreneurs, DIY-ers, bloggers, podcasters, web designers, animators, corporate videos, trade shows, and YouTube videos.
We hope to have you join us.
Music makes it louder!Andrew Ingkavet
In this track trip-hop meets Nine Inch Nails. This is a dark and deep song featuring a repetitive piano motif while bass and synth gives ground over a trip-hop groove. It is very dramatic and it could be certainly be used in movies.
Keywords: piano, trip-hop, sad, sombre, darkness, disbelieved, desolated, anxiety, alone, abstracted, bitter, melancholic, mournful. sorrowful, reflexive, preoccupied, cogitative, contemplative, serious, grave, speculative
A bright electronic cue featuring cyclical harmony that gives a sense of wonder, amazement and discovery. This track would be ideal for sci-fi videos, animations and games.
Keywords: electronic, bass, synth, marvellous, stunning, wonderful, unbelievable, awesome, surprising, discovery, encounter, detection, revelation, disclosure, action, exploration
This is an upbeat and patriotic orchestral music. The theme appears throughout the song in slow and fast tempos. It is a great track for action/adventure films.
Keywords: trumpet, orchestral, symphonic, upbeat, heroic, loyal, nationalistic, dutiful, faithful, fervid, dedicated, dedication
This is dark chamber music using unconventional harmonies and dissonances in order to create a feeling of death and disease. This cue is ideal for horror and thriller videos.
Keywords: dark, darkness, flute, harp, woodwinds, mysterious, sad, disease, plague, death, suffering, difficulty, discomfort, enigmatic, inexplicable, unknown, strange, obscure, annihilation, decease, demise, extermination, expiration, fatality, affliction, hardship. misery, adversity
This orchestral piece depicts feelings of wonder and excitement. It would be a good fit for sci-fi movies and games.
Keywords: piano, orchestral, symphonic, earthly, routine, awe, astonishment, fascination, commonplace, prosaic, surprise, marvelling, wondering, wonderment, admiration
This classical guitar tune is ideal for drama or romantic videos. It has a strong lyrical melody and a middle section similar to the Gymnopedies of Erik Satie.
Keywords: love, thoughtful, soulful, contemplative, happy, guitar, classical guitar, acoustic guitar, longing, sad, sombre, yearning
Somber and lyrical orchestral music featuring piano, strings, woodwinds and choir. This piece is slow giving an aftermath atmosphere. It is a great fit for drama films or documentaries.
Keywords: piano, sad, longing, orchestral, symphonic, loss, melancholic, catastrophe, cost, damage, disaster, cataclysm, forfeit, detriment, shelter, hardship, desolation.
Action cinematic score featuring strong rhythmic drive. This cue would fit very well in both sci-fi and action movies or games. Orchestra blends with synthesisers in order to give the sci-fi edge.
Keywords: orchestral, symphonic aggressive, battle, war, energetic, rhythmic, rhythmical, action, motion, bellicose
Solo classical piano piece.
Composer: Carey Haynes
uptempo guitar driven hip hop track
Dark aggressive edgy uptempo Industrial / Electronic instrumental. Works well for dark futuristic scenes. Perfect for coldness fights attacking robots action war brooding scenes.
Composer/Producer: Julian Scott
Strong opening powerful drums melodic building to strong end and fx
Composer: Robert Charles Mann
Positive cheerful fun happy satisfying acoustic guitar track with strings and glockenspiel. Package contains a 30-second and 60-second version and eight 15-second loops.
Composer: Lucas Lechowski
Medium tempo, scary strings
KEYWORDS:Orchestral, Strings, Ambient, Scary, Soundtrack
Artist/Composer: Eric Bolvin
Peaceful new age with acoustic sounds
KEYWORDS:Melodic, Ambient, Forest, Nature, George Winston, Enya, Piano, Strings, Guitar, Yoga, Windham Hill
Artist/Composer: Kenji Watanabe
Mysterious sound. Spooky mood in the night. Thoughtful.
KEYWORDS:Film, animation, dark, spooky, thoughtful, accordion, live sound, Film, background music for film and documentary. Live sound
Selected by humans, no algorithms here.
Music That Tells Stories
Emotion-soaked music that tells stories.
Licensing from $37
4 options – based on how you use our music.
Standard LicenseCovers most needs
- Unlimited use in a single project
- Web Video like YouTube, Vimeo and websites
- Video advertising including banner ads, or popups or any other video use for advertising
- Film festivals, student films and project films
- Wedding films and videos
- Slide shows, Powerpoint, Slideshare and Keynote presentations
- Trade shows, fashion shows and point of purchase displays
- Retail kiosks
- Music on-hold
- Free iPhone/Android apps and online games
- Up to 1000 copies produced of DVDs or paid apps and games
- For further details see the full license.
Mass DuplicationPhysical and Digital Copies
- Single project
- in perpetuity
- up to 10,000 copies
- Audio books
- DVDs, CD-ROMS, and other storage media
- Paid Apps and games such as IOS, Android
- For further details see the full license.
Broadcast & AdvertisingTV, Radio, Banner Ads, Web Ads, etc
- single advertising project
- in perpetuity
- For further details see the full license.
All MediaGreat value and covers everything
- single project
- in perpetuity
- unlimited uses
- all media
What Our Customers Are Saying
Comments from real life customers over the last 10 years!
“The advantage of working with 300 Monks is that you have a wide range of composers with different specialities to choose from which makes for great speed and efficiency for your project.”John Young
“Your Services Kick Ass”
Your site is great (fair prices and easy to use) I will go nowhere but your site for all of my music clip needs (period) (I hope you crush your competition) KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK VERY, VERY SATISFIED CUSTOMERM.P. Zorn
I would like to thank you for all your help in getting “my” music. I was a bit nervous after purchasing the music and not being able to download it , yet your quick respond to my problem was very much appreciated. Once again, THANK YOU !
– Dana R – Ontario, CanadaDana R.
“This music is awesome. If I have to hear one more (Competitor’s Name withheld) track, I think I’m going to throw up!”Neely Catignani
“First, I want to say THANKS for a great website. I’m a director-producer and I’m always looking for great tracks for projects that I’m doing. Your music is fantastic”Ann-Marie McHugh
“Andrew’s expansive knowledge on film, television, multimedia, and advertising blows you away, and thus makes his compositions extremely relevant and evocative. I will definitely be working with Andrew again in the future.”David Huston
“Working with Andrew was a pleasure. Our creative team had a very specific theme in mind and the music and sound design he produced was thematically consistent and very close to our needs, right off the bat. Subsequent tweaks were turned around quickly and intelligently.”Eoin McGrath
“Andrew worked with us to find the right score for our animation by giving us a variety of options from talented composers. His turn around time was also impressive.” – Veena Rao, DraftFCB NYVeena Rao
Frequently Asked Questions
Who uses 300 Monks?
We are an online music library used by Creative Professionals such as
Web Video Producers
Powerpoint Presentation Creators
and many more.
What is Royalty Free Music?
You are paying for permission to use our music in your project.
Extra Details For Those Who Need To Know Everything:
We can sometimes earn extra money paid by broadcast networks if our music gets placed on television or radio in the USA and additionally in theatrical release in most other territories.
This is not something that you will have to pay extra for as a producer, director, web designer, advertiser, etc. It’s handled by organizations called Performing Rights Societies and inlude ASCAP, BMI and SESAC in the USA. In most other countries there is only one society. For example in Germany it’s GEMA. In the UK it’s PRS.
What makes your music different?
All of our music has been hand-selected for dramatic possibilities. Not every piece of music is appropriate to accompany visual storytelling.
How long can I use the music I purchase here?
After payment, your license entitles you to use the music in perpetuity. In other words, forever.
You may NOT redistribute or sell or lend or loan the music to anyone else including clients, employers or colleagues, nor can you use it alone apart from a visual medium.
You do not own the music, it is licensed to you. Please review the complete licensing agreement. If you need a multi-user license, or a multi-project license, please contact us.
How do I pay for the music?
Add your track to the cart and you will guided to the Checkout Page.
You can then pay with a credit card, or PayPal.
Then, click on your download link and receive your music in a zipped file.
What if I need an invoice for payment by my client?
Contact us for invoiced payment instead.
Do I have to credit 300 Monks in my project?
For most uses, it is not required but would be wonderful. You may also want to link to us and may want to say something like “Music by 300 Monks.” We love to give your work publicity too and may even feature it on our site.
For Broadcast, you will need to include “Music by 300 Monks.”
Where does the name 300 Monks come from?
Well, we are NOT a religious organization, and NO we are NOT really monks.
What we are is:
A brotherhood (and sisterhood) of talented Composers, Producers, and Artists living all over the world coming together to make music for moving images.
We just love the idea of a mystical temple somewhere in the forest where 300 people are making music for films, videos, etc. If we had George Lucas on our side, maybe we could do that one day…
Can I use these sounds and music to create new music to sell?
No. Absolutely not. The license agreement specifically prohibits the use of this music apart from a visual production. This is music for picture.
Why can't I hear the music?
Why can’t I hear the preview music or sound effects?
This is usually one of the following:
- Did you turn the volume of your computer on?
- External speakers plugged in and on?
- Did you plug in your headphones?
- Do have an old browser that will not accept HTML5?
(This is not common. If your machine is bought in the last 7 years or so, you should have it already.)
Where are you located?
We’re based in Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
How long has 300 Monks been in business?
The company as it now stands was started in 2004. Before that it was a single composer’s website.
Can I submit some music to sell here?
Please see our submission page.