My name is Ryan Gibson. I am a postgraduate researcher at the University of Huddersfield, in the UK.
I’m currently looking for royalty-free music that I can use in my research project. I cannot see anything in the FAQ that explicitly covers this.
In brief, the study will involve a number of singers being recorded singing in a variety of different ways/styles over a number of different backing tracks. This will involve the production of some lyrics that cover various features of regional pronunciation (it is a study of the effect of linguistic accent in music), and the lyrics will more than likely be designed by myself. This won’t be a full song - in all likelihood just a verse/chorus. I’m aiming for 20 second tracks, ideally.
The problem I see is where the FAQ says:
"Can I use an AJ track in a stand-alone music track? What about sound effects?
You may not use music in stand-alone music tracks, but you could use sound effects in a music track.
Example: You can’t add lyrics to an audio track and sell it on iTunes"
I think the key here is what ‘stand-alone music track’ means here, and what is implied by the example.
The tracks will only be available for those associated with the research - my direct supervisor, along with a number of participants (the singers and a number of participants who will be listening and providing feedback). It’s not practical to produce this live, so recordings will have to be made.
I’m not creating a commercial product, and certainly will not be selling anything on iTunes or any other venue. The tracks will exist purely in a research context.
Would this be allowed? Let me know if you need anything clarifying to help you answer the question.