Free YouTube Music Licensing


How It Works

We fully encourage the free use of tracks from the Hidden Shoal Publishing catalogue for personal, non-commercial usage within video works and audio only videos on the YouTube network. Our free YouTube music licenses utilise the YouTube Content ID system (via our partner AdRev) which picks up the use of any of our tracks on the YouTube network, notifies the user that the track is copyright protected and will then enable ads on the specific video. It’s important to understand that you will not receive a strike against your account, nor will it affect your account or video in any other way. It’s also important to understand that this process does provide a much needed income stream for our artists, and forms a small part of the financial return they truly deserve. Plus you get to use some amazing tracks from a large catalogue without being hassled!

Note : If you have paid for a commercial license through Hidden Shoal and you are receiving a notification from AdRev then please contact us with the video url and we will whitelist it from the system. Easy! Also we are setting up an online, automated licensing system for personal and commercial online video licensing so this process will be made much easier. Expect this in the first quarter of 2015.


  1. The free of charge use of any tracks from the Hidden Shoal Publishing catalogue is only for use within videos streamed online via the YouTube network. To obtain a license for any other use or if you are not sure if your video falls within those parameters then please contact us.
  2. Your video may not qualify for free use if it is of an overtly religious or political nature. Hidden Shoal Publishing reserves the right to withdraw the allowed use of the track if it deems it inappropriate. Please note we are not trying to be cultural police here, rather we have understandings with our artists in regards to what is deemed appropriate use for them. Please contact us if you are unsure.
  3. You must provide a credit for the artist and song within the video description on YouTube. This should be in the form of artist’s name, track name and a link to the artist’s profile on the Hidden Shoal website.
  4. If utilising a track that is not from the sample lists below then please ensure that it is currently part of the Hidden Shoal Publishing catalogue. If you cannot see the track or artist listed on our website then you can be pretty sure it is not under our control. As always please contact us if you are unsure.

Sample Tracks (Download)

To give you a head start we’ve provided a small selection of tracks below. Note that once you have selected a track, just click on the download button at the top right of the SoundCloud player to download it.

Indie Rock, Dreampop, Shoegaze, Singer-Songwriter


Neo-Classical, Ambient
Instrumental Rock and Post-Rock
Psychedelic & Oddball
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