Free stock images are hard to find, especially when you’re looking to use them for promotional purposes like an album launch, merch clearance or for social media promo.
So we’ve curated a list of the top 5 places for musicians to get free stock images.
As a general rule, if you have doubts about whether you can use an image, we suggest either not using it at all, or contacting the photographer/agency/company the image belongs to.
We also suggest giving the photographer credit when you can (if possible) because just like you, they’re trying to make a living being creative.
For each site I used the following terms when looking for music related items:
You can also search for any other term, but I tried to stick to ones that would be popular among musicians
Pablo works with all social media networks, and allows you to create images with the perfect size and format for Facebook, Instagram, and even Pinterest. All images are free for use/download unless they state otherwise.
I created the one above in under 5mins.
2. Pexels: https://www.pexels.com
All photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means you can use them for free for any personal and commercial purpose. Attribution is not required.
You are also allowed to edit a photo, add text, add filters or modify it in any other way you like.
You can post it on your private profile, use it as your new header image or even use it for a post on your commercial Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn page.
3. SplitShire: http://www.splitshire.com
SplitShire provides free High-resolution stock photos & images for commercial use. Like the others, you are free to post these to social media, websites etc.
4. StockSnap: https://stocksnap.io
All photos uploaded to the site are released under Creative Commons (CC0 license) and do not require attribution. They can be used on your website, mobile app, posters, social media etc
5. Unsplash: https://unsplash.com
The Unsplash license uses the Creative Commons Zero license (CCo) which as mentioned previously doesn’t require credit to be given, and images can be used for commercial purposes.
Note: The above is for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice or substitute for legal counsel. This information is provided only as a convenience to you. Sites listed above are not under our control, are provided “as is” and “as available” with any and all faults and without warranty of any kind. The Harlton Empire expressly disclaims all liability in respect to actions taken or not taken based on the contents of this page.