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Free Media for Creative Use

These sources contain material that is available under Creative Commons, Public Domain, or JMU license.

Music

The resources below feature online streaming music recordings.

Primarily classical music, searchable by composer, artist, conductor, ensemble, instrument, genre, or period.
Campus/Remote
Over 140,000 tracks of classical, jazz, world, and folk music
Campus/Remote
Delivers the world's diverse cultural expressions via digital media, organized by language or country. Includes narratives organized by language.
Campus/Remote
American Song is a history database with music from America's past.
Campus/Remote
Contemporary World Music is a vast collection of 50,000 music tracks...
Campus/Remote
Music Online is a single cross-searchable platform that includes all of the Alexander Street Press music products to which JMU subscribes.
Campus/Remote
National Jukebox contains over 10,000 historical sound recordings from the Library of Congress music collections.  These recordings have been made freely available in streaming format with permission from Sony Music Entertainment.  Sound content includes popular music, dance music, opera, jazz, speeches, poetry and humor.
Internet

Spoken Word Recordings

The resources below feature online streaming audio of speeches, interviews, narratives, and cultural expressions.

Recordings from the American Memory project from folk music to oral history interviews.
Internet
Image database containing the Associated Press' current year's photo report and a selection of images dating from the 1500s. Also includes charts, graphs, tables, and maps.
Campus/Remote
Index and full text of over 5000 audio and video (streaming) versions of public speeches...
Internet
Delivers the world's diverse cultural expressions via digital media, organized by language or country. Includes narratives organized by language.
Campus/Remote
National Jukebox contains over 10,000 historical sound recordings from the Library of Congress music collections.  These recordings have been made freely available in streaming format with permission from Sony Music Entertainment.  Sound content includes popular music, dance music, opera, jazz, speeches, poetry and humor.
Internet

Audio Recordings are Available for Checkout from JMU Libraries

JMU Libraries owns many CDs, tapes, and records, which can be checked out by JMU students, faculty, and staff. Search JMU Library Catalog and Limit your search by choosing “Music Recording” or “Spoken Recording” from the “Material Type” menu.

We also have an extensive collection of sound effects on various CDs available for checkout.

For more help searching for Music, see http://www.lib.jmu.edu/music/help/leo_music_search.aspx

Additional Tools for Finding Recordings

Do you need music or a spoken word recording that is neither online nor owned by JMU Libraries? You can use WorldCat to search the holdings of over 62 million titles in other libraries, and then submit an Interlibrary Loan for the item(s).

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