How Thematic Works
Here’s how to use Thematic to get free royalty free music for your YouTube videos:
1. Sign-Up for Free
Sign-up for a free Thematic creator account. It’s as simple as signing-in with your Google account.
2. Add Your YouTube Channel
Add the YouTube channels where you upload videos so we can learn about the content you’re creating and match you with the perfect songs.
Make sure to select a YouTube brand account (and not your email address). 😜
3. Discover Music!
Discover copyright-free songs matched to your YouTube videos & content themes, the artists you love, and the creators you follow.
- Get your curated song recommendations on the homepage featuring your exclusive Weekly Matches, Artist Drops, and Creator Finds
- Create and share your own playlists and get inspired by the community
- Find trending songs, creators, and artists on the Discover page
- Search and filter songs by aesthetic, vibe, keywords, and 7+ song filters
4. Download & Edit
Click the download button and import the song into the video editing software of your choice.
*Please make sure you do not have a pop-up blocker enabled!
5. Ready to Publish Your Video?
Thematic makes it easy to stay copyright claim-free.
Find your license links on the Licenses ✅ page in your Thematic account after downloading the songs.
Add your channel’s license links to your video description when featuring the songs to activate your music licenses and protect your videos from copyright claims.
Ready to get started?
What does the Thematic music license cover? 👍
So long as you have your channel’s own song license links included in your video description:
✅ Unlimited videos – you can feature the songs in as many videos as you like (no limit) while the song is available on Thematic
✅ You can adjust the start/stop points of the song to match the edit of your video
✅ Unlimited followers – if you’re just getting started, or already have an active channel, you’re welcome to use Thematic
✅ Unlimited views – more views, no problem! Don’t worry about getting more coverage if your video takes off
✅ Sponsored or branded content – congrats on your integration! You’re welcome to use the music for these videos (just remember your song promo links and to check your brand agreement!)
✅ YouTube & Instagram videos (more platforms coming soon!)
The following is not allowed and may result in a copyright claim 👎
🚫 You can not use the music in audio-only videos (such as lyric videos, playlist videos, visualizers, or similar audio-only content)
🚫 You can not use someone else’s license link (please only use your own license links from your Licenses page)
🚫 You can not remix the song or make any derivative works (duh!)
🚫 You can not sell, distribute, or sub-license the song
🚫 You can not use the song on platforms other than YouTube & Instagram at this time
Want all the info? Check out our full Creator Agreement.
Thematic FAQs 🤔
You can use the music copyright-free (you will not receive a copyright claim for using the music) in your videos so long as you follow our license rules above.
❓Is this all stock / production music?
Nope! All of the music available on Thematic is provided by active music artists who are on social media, streaming services, and making a living doing what they love!
❓Is Thematic free to use?
You bet! Any creator can start using Thematic absolutely free of charge. Here are all the core features we offer for free. We do have premium paid features available to help fast-track and enhance your creative experience.
❓Do I need to have a minimum number of followers to use Thematic?
No way! We love providing great music selections to creators of all sizes.
❓Is the music on Thematic royalty-free?
Technically, yes. Royalty-free music is simply music you can use without having to pay royalties each time you use it. Since Thematic is free to use, you just need to include your unique promo link each time you use the song to activate your music license.
❓I found this song from a ‘no copyright’ video on YouTube and gave credit, isn’t that enough?
Sorry, but no. Simply copying someone else’s credit to your video description does not grant you a license and will not clear the song for your video. To get your own music license for the song, sign-up for your own Thematic account and use the songs worry-free!
Have more questions? Check out our Help Center.