Jan 14, 2014, 17:34

We receive requests on a regular basis for suggestions for royalty-free music that would be appropriate for “sizzle reels”. Sizzle reels, or demo reels, are a great way for organizations to provide a dynamic, multimedia overview of what they are all about. In addition to helping convey a corporate message and branding, sizzle reels can be very effective for keeping people engaged while they are waiting to hear a speaker at a corporate meeting, conference or tradeshow.

Of course, music to be used for a corporate sizzle reel needs to be cleared for commercial use, otherwise the organization risks copyright infringement and incurring potentially significant expenses. A popular song on iTunes for $0.99 is great for personal use, but it is not cleared for commercial or business use. An organization could pay significant fee (in the thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars) to use a recognizable popular music track in their sizzle reel. In addition to the prohibitive cost, a recognizable track of popular music could potentially be a distraction in delivering your corporate message or overview, since popular music like a song by Coldplay might be more memorable to your audience than your corporate message. 

When we think about sizzle reels, descriptive terms like “motivation, “inspiration”, “energy” and “upbeat” come to mind when selecting the right royalty-free music. After some of these recent requests, we specifically tagged a select group of tracks that will work well for many sizzle reels. A search on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) for “sizzle reel” yields the following 26 tracks—



Some of my favorite royalty-free music tracks for sizzle reels include—

Successful in Business (#01035391) by matsteiner-music


Hope (#0050200) by Sheyn Love


The Optimist (#00139668) by T. Brown


Live Wire (#00001222) by Shockwave-Sound


Be The Best (#00076784) by soundroad


Reach the Top (#01043440) by run.fire.stop



A search on MusicRevolution.com for “motivation” yields over 700 tracks, many of which could work well for a sizzle reel—


A search on MusicRevolution.com for “inspiration” yields over 400 tracks, many of which could also work well for a sizzle reel—


A search on MusicRevolution.com for “upbeat” yields over 1,600 tracks, many of which could also work well for a sizzle reel—


A search on MusicRevolution.com for “energy” yields nearly 1,000 tracks, many of which could also work well for a sizzle reel—


With nearly 28,000 tracks of royalty-free music online, there are many other possible music choices for sizzle reels on MusicRevolution.com.

A high-quality, royalty-free music track can keep your company legal and can help to complete your sizzle reel without breaking your budget. MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) has some of the best royalty-free music available anywhere.


Chris Cardell is the co-founder of MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com, a royalty-free music marketplace with nearly 28,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. MusicRevolution.com also provides custom music production and custom music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music for retail, restaurants and businesses, and for other commercial applications. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990’s.

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