Leeds start-up launches free music service to help YouTubers avoid copyright claims

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by David Prior

Leeds-based Music Vine has launched Uppbeat, a new startup providing free music for YouTubers and content creators.

The start-up says that for YouTubers to avoid copyright claims, they must content with "pricey music license subscriptions, uninspiring Creative Commons music and clunky website interfaces".

Uppbeat looks to meet the demand for "free, quality music that guarantees no copyright issues", whether it’s chillhop for YouTube travel vlogs, ambient sounds for podcasts, or background beats for corporate social media videos.

It’s the brainchild of Lewis Foster and Matt Russell, co-founders of Music Vine, a music licensing platform for professional filmmakers.

Uppbeat looks to meet the demand for "free, quality music that guarantees no copyright issues"

CEO Foster said: “The lack of affordable copyright-free music has been an obstacle in the content creator space for far too long. With Uppbeat we see a real opportunity to become the go-to resource for YouTubers and creators that are seeking quality music for their content.

“Beyond providing a great experience for our users, supporting our artists and music producers is immensely important to us. They’re the beating heart of our platform, so we’ve devised an ethical business model that allows us to remunerate them from a number of revenue streams. It means our artists are always paid fairly for their music.”

The platform, which has a free and premium level, launches with over 900 registered tracks from indie artists, producers and composers from around the world.