Music Briefs: Yoruba, Fourth of July and Cleared for Sampling

This month we’re looking for Yoruba, Fourth of July and Cleared for Sampling tracks.

Once you’ve completed your work, apply a unique code to each track – just add the code (provided in each brief) to your keyword tags when you upload. As a result, we’ll know which genre you’ve been focusing on.

If you have any questions or comments about any of these briefs, please email Pond5’s Director of Audio Collections, Mike Pace, at


Yoruba music is perhaps the most prominent West African Music tradition, and it is best known for its incredibly advanced drumming patterns, mixing different beats. This technique is known as Polyrhythm. In this track, we’ve used original Yoruba rhythmic patterns and traditional Yoruba instruments, for example, the agogo, the Bata drums, or the dundun, an essential element of all Yoruba drumming music.

  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: yoruba, nigeria, africa, african percussion, polyrhythms, west africa, agogo, bata drum, dundun


Fourth of July

Independence Day in the States is a celebration of freedom, patriotism and hot dogs on the grill.  We’re looking for all-American cues of all stripes, both august and a little silly.

  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: July Fourth, Independence Day, America, United States, patriotic, march, BBQ


Cleared for Sampling Hip-Hop Beats

In an effort to attract more music producers to Pond5, we’re looking for beats, beds and loops that are labelled “cleared for sampling.” This means the buyer can remix, rap or sing over, chop, screw, and modify the track.  Also, make sure you check the “Cleared for Sampling” box on the Edit Item page when you upload.

  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: cleared for sampling, hip-hop, royalty-free, boom bap, rap, beat


Don’t Forget:

Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. However, do not use recognizable band or artist names, please!

We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social-media use.

Moreover, please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

Top image: Senior Man Playing Guitar Against Tree Trunk by CentralStreetFilm

Shoot Brief: Gaming


The gaming industry is a true revenue giant, taking in $152 billion in revenue in 2019. The mobile industry alone was worth $68.5 billion. Global gaming revenue is projected to continue to grow as more and more people gain access to the internet to support playing video games online. Furthermore, not only is playing games a huge business but watching live streams of gaming is something that 1 billion people (25% of internet users!) do each month. This is a great topic to cover for now and the future as gaming grows.

Shot List Thought Starters:

  • People gaming solo or with an organized esports team with headsets and microphones
  • Live streaming gamers talking and interacting with their fans
  • Family members of all ages gaming together on phones or consoles.
  • Employees gaming at work during business hours, or people gaming where inappropriate
  • Social distancing practices in nature, in public settings, or with package/food delivery workers
  • Unexpected/unorthodox/atypical gaming types, for example, elderly, working moms, etc.
  • Shots of all aspects of gaming, bad and good, for example, winners, losers, addicts, irresponsible players


Suggested Keywords: esports, competition, gaming, multiplayer, live streaming, mobile gaming, connection, digital device, console, strategy

Typical Users: Technology companies, game developers, ad agencies, as well as lifestyle brands, media companies etc.

Multi-Ethnic Girls Playing Video Games At Hangout House With Friends
by Wundervisuals

Pro-Tip: First of all, the biggest thing here is to stay safe and healthy when making this content, and don’t shoot with more people than what your government or public health agencies recommend. Do your best to cast real-looking talent with real skills to get authentic content. Also, please be conscious of logos and other intellectual property as well.

Casting Considerations:  Race and gender diversity, authenticity with talent and imagery. Accept the challenge to subtract artificiality from your setups. In other words, keep it REAL. These things will play an important role in the success of your shoot.

Location Diversity: Houses, apartments, cabins, bungalows, hotels, campers/RV’s

Gamers, Teenagers, Multiplayer, Online Video Games, Row Of Computers by danuK_film

Before You Shoot:

  • Please check what content already exists in the Pond5 marketplace
  • Also, think about a visual approach that will result in new and fresh footage
  • Remember that each shot must communicate a clear message

Submission Checklist:

  • Remember to tag your clips with the keyword code: GAMINGP5BRIEF
  • Have all property and model releases filled out and submitted
  • Furthermore, no logos or brands may be visible in any of the clips
  • Don’t forget to add any applicable conceptual keywords to the clips

Top image: Cyber Sport Gamers Preparing For Competition by pressmaster