The Unofficial Musicbed Wiki
Almost all video projects, from feature-length films to 30-second commercials, can be improved with the addition of music. But finding a song or score that enhances the visuals, rather than distracting from them, can be a difficult task. That's where Musicbed comes in. The company is a platform where filmmakers can find just the right piece of music for any project.
Who is Musicbed for?
- Established Brands
Why Use Musicbed?
There are a lot of steps involved in making an independent film, even one that's only 10 minutes long. Having a nice camera is a good start, but you also need to consider things like lighting and sound, not to mention co-ordinating your entire cast and crew. Finding the right music on top of all of this can seem daunting. While there are plenty of songs available to stream, dealing with licensing and royalties is a whole other can of worms. Musicbed not only provides a wide selection of music, it also has tips and tricks for how to deal with the legal side of things.
Musicbed Sessions: Brooke Waggoner
Books About Music in Film
- Reel Music: Exploring 100 years of film music
- Score: Interviews with film composers
- Global Soundtracks: Analyzing film music around the world
- Complete Guide to Film Scoring: The art and business of composing
- Scoring the Screen: The secret language of film music
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Musicbed is a company based in Fort Worth, Texas U.S.A., that bridges the gap between musicians and video producers by providing music licensing through their platform. The company caters to clients in need of a musical piece to support their audio-visual projects, such as films, TV shows, advertisements, Vlogs, documentation of special events, and the like.
The company was founded by Daniel McCarthy, who has a background in film-making, music, marketing, and design. Daniel McCarthy and his team believe in the importance of helping creatives tell better stories through quality music. This is why they created a platform that makes licensing relevant music easily accessible to filmmakers, advertisers, and content producers alike, while supporting independent musical artists in the process.
Musicbed is home to over 650 independent musicians and composers, offering license to their material, as well as customized scores. The musicians get royalties for granting permission to use their work, at the same time, giving them a chance to promote their material beyond live performances and merchandise sales.
Clients can access their platform through the desktop site, but it is also available as an I.O.S. app. They can choose from a wide array of copyrighted songs from various artists, and can filter their search several ways. This includes selecting a specific genre, mood, characteristic, type of instrument, or length. Searches can also be narrowed down to an instrumental piece, just lyrics, or only the vocals. Filmmakers have the option to browse through highly curated playlists that represent different themes. Musicbed even offers custom scores for those who want an original track specifically created for their project.
There are different types of licenses for every kind of project. Clients can look into what type they need on the Knowledge Base page of the site. They can also browse through the Glossary of Terms and Licensing 1-0-1 sections of the page to get a good grasp of the subject matter. The Knowledge Base page also contains information on how to get started with Musicbed, as well as purchase details. For a more personalized assistance, their support team can help with song recommendations, licensing quotations, and other questions and concerns.
While music licensing is the main function of Musicbed, they also actively share relevant content with their community such as through articles on their blog. Topics include tips or guides on making films, daily life management for creative people, philosophical approach to cinematography, and artist interviews on album releases, among others.
Musicbed showcases their pool of musical talents through cinematic live studio performances called, "Musicbed Sessions", as well as "Artist Spotlights", which are documentaries that tell stories of each featured artist's creative process, inspirations, and struggles in their journey. The site shares relevant content with their audience on social media as well, through platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo, Twitter, and Snapchat.
The company's determination to promote quality music is also evident in their efforts to reach out to potential clients, specifically in the advertising industry. One of their most recognized efforts is the "Make Them Listen" campaign, a unique call-to-action that aims to catch the attention of advertisers through hyper-targeted posters and billboards, with names of specific creatives they want to reach out to.
Musicbed honors the works of creatives through their annual Musicbed Film Fest, which later became Musicbed Film Initiative. The event showcases the best films that feature Musicbed scores. They give awards and prizes to the most notable works of filmmakers from different categories such as narrative shorts, music videos, commercials, and animation.
They released a full-length documentary entitled, MAKE. The film explores what drives people to make something, the conflict with ego, and how they define success, to name a few. In an interview with founder Daniel McCarthy about the film, he stresses the value of asking the question "Why", instead of just the "What", when it comes to pursuing your passion. The film is a reflection of why Musicbed does what they do, and a challenge for people to ask themselves why they want to create.
Musicbed has provided music licensing for many brands including Mcdonald's, Hulu, and Microsoft. They have also been featured in online publications such as Filmmakers Magazine, Cinema5D, and Fstoppers.