About

The infamous about page. The place where you go to figure out who is behind the incredible site you’ve discovered! Let me introduce myself.

Who? What? Where? Why? When?

I’m Cato (pictured) and I’m a composer based in London who put together this eclectic little music library in 2015 for content creators like YouTubers, companies, advertising agencies and podcasters etc. Occasionally I hire someone to help out with the admin side of things, but for the most part you’ll deal with me directly whenever you license music here.

When I’m not uploading new tracks, I score films, documentaries and work on advertising campaigns as well as writing music for some high tier libraries like Deep East Music.

Everything you’ll find on the site, whether it’s happy upbeat stuff, motivational business music or big epic scores is written by me under my pseudonym tacoMusic.

I created Instrumental Background Music for three main reasons:

  1. I was tired of giving up large chunks of my sales to a third party (plus my customers said they prefer to support me directly rather than through big companies).
  2. Most music libraries are filled with sub-par music. I hope that by only uploading music that is high quality and usable I’m changing that trend!
  3. By running my own website, I can offer much more value and experiment with music styles without being told ‘this doesn’t fit our catalogue’.

It also means I can talk directly with my customers to get to know them which helps both of us – I can write music that fits your projects which fills up my catalogue with useful music for other people as well.

As I’m the sole composer, it means I own 100% of the copyright of the music here which means putting together licenses, clearing claims and navigating through the complex world of music licensing is much much easier. It also means that when you have a problem like needing a specific edit for your project, you’ll get a quick solution (unlike with many large libraries out there).

What kind of music will I find here?

While you’ll find a big range of music on the site, the most popular tends to be motivational business music and upbeat tracks so there’s a fair amount of that style of music. Over the upcoming years I’ll be covering many more genres of music from obscure areas like JPop, retro 8-bit video game music and experimental minimalist stuff through to commissioning other musicians who are experts in their field to help build a comprehensive library of tracks.

What’s the membership area about?

I’ve recently opened up a membership scheme for regular content creators as the cost of purchasing tracks individually can quickly add up. When you become a member, you not only gain a special place in my heart because of your support, but receive VIP treatment and unlimited downloads for the time you’re a member (among other benefits).

Keeping up to date

If you want to receive news about discounts, offers, new releases etc., then you can follow Instrumental Background Music on twittersubscribe to the YouTube channel or sign up to email alerts. You’ll get a free track in the process and we only send out the occasional email (1 per month normally).

Music track requests

For specific track requests and custom scores, please get in touch and I can discuss options with you.

Pricing & Licenses overview

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License Type Standard Premium Pro
Web / streaming Use on social media sites like YouTube, Vimeo etc., podcasts, company website videos, online adverts & e-learning etc. Excludes crowdfunding. Up to 1 million views * Up to 10 million views Unlimited views
Crowdfunding Video promoting a brand, product, service, promotion or company / organization incl. events. Goal of $1 - $20k Goal of $20k - $200k Goal of $200k +
Apps & Games Online games & apps, free mobile apps, paid apps Up to 1,000 downloads Up to 1 million downloads 1+ million downloads
Downloads / Physical Distribution Video & film downloads, multimedia CD's & DVD's, wedding videos Up to 1,000 downloads / copies Up to 1 million downloads / copies 1+ million downloads /copies
Television / Radio / Film Background music in TV & radio, theme music, film projects & film festivals. Cue sheet required Budget up to $50k, distribution in 1 territory in 1 project ** Budget up to $1 million, distribution in 1 territory in 1 project ** Budget of $1+ million, multiple territories, 1 project **
Advertising TV, Cinema & Radio advertising
Subscription - read more (Please note VAT applied to EU sales). $29 / month $49 / month Contact us
Single purchase (Please note VAT applied to EU sales). $25 $149 Contact us

Full details of all licenses

* With the standard license, please provide a link to Instrumental Background Music in descriptions / credits as:
Music from Instrumental Background Music (www.instrumentalbgm.com)
** A 'territory' is considered a single country.