Announcing Musicbed Challenge 2024
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by Musicbed
4d ago
We’re all about creative constraints. In fact, we’ve explored the topic several times in blog posts and conversations with filmmakers, the idea that limitations can spark something in our creative brains to step up and take a challenge. But, even further than that, our constraints aren’t just a good exercise in creativity — sometimes they’re the entire reason to create. That’s why we’re excited to announce this year’s Musicbed Challenge. Start something. Finish something. Create momentum and move forward with Musicbed Challenge, a 30-day filmmaking competition designed to inspire cre ..read more
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Exploring IP Rights in the Music and Film Industries
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by Musicbed
1w ago
While working in the film industry, the chances are you’ve come across the term “intellectual property” a few times before. Intellectual property (IP) rights are essential for creators in the music and film industries for a number of reasons. First and foremost, they protect original works and provide financial incentives through exclusive rights. They can also attract investment, promote cultural diversity by supporting creators from various backgrounds and ensure quality control by allowing creators to manage the use of their work.  Intellectual property rights are vital for fostering c ..read more
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Sam Kolder’s Journey From Creative Burnout to Breakthrough
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by Musicbed
3w ago
Whether it’s a travel vlog, masterclass session, or content for global brands like YouTube and Canon, Canadian filmmaker Sam Kolder has been constantly pushing the limits to bring an authentic, unique approach to his films. “I was taking on every opportunity I could. I lived this lifestyle for a very long time, and it became my norm,” Kolder says. “I didn’t want it to end, but eventually, the pendulum swung the other way.” Over time, Kolder realized the very lifestyle that fueled his films had become a relentless cycle, leaving him feeling uninspired and overwhelmed. “The lifestyle I was livin ..read more
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YouTube Content ID Explained for Video Creators
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by Musicbed
1M ago
If you’re a video creator who uploads to YouTube, then Content ID may just be the most important thing you need to know about. YouTube Content ID is vital for video creators as it automatically detects and manages copyrighted material, protecting intellectual property and enabling rights holders to monetize, block, or track their content.  Understanding what YouTube Content ID is, how it works and how it impacts you as a creator is essential. Without it, the financial ecosystem of YouTube that allows you to get paid simply wouldn’t work.  What is YouTube Content ID? So, let’s start w ..read more
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Everything You Need to Know About Licensing
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by Musicbed
1M ago
Whatever film or video you’re making, obtaining the appropriate licensing and music rights is essential. On one hand, using copyright music in your work without the proper licensing is illegal and can result in costly legal consequences with fines and stressful lawsuits. Meanwhile, music artists deserve to be properly recognised and compensated for their work, which can be achieved with music licensing. But in order to obtain the correct music license, you need to first understand what licensing actually is. Read on to take a closer look. Basics of Licensing Firstly, let’s understand the very ..read more
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Instrumentals or Vocals? Practical Strategies for Music Selection
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by Musicbed
1M ago
Watch any film with the sound off, and you immediately feel like you’ve lost 80% of the story. That’s how important music is to filmmaking. When it comes to choosing music for film, you’re selecting a track for a number of different reasons.  The film’s music track is crucial in setting the mood, establishing the emotional tone of a scene. It enhances narrative, highlighting key plot points and character emotions, while building atmosphere, heightening suspense and, if it’s a real classic, making the film that much more iconic. From Jaws to Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, film scores can ..read more
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Preventing YouTube Content ID Claims with Musicbed’s SyncID
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by Musicbed
2M ago
Pretty much since the inception of YouTube, using copyrighted music on the platform has been tricky terrain to navigate. As creators, we hear an awesome song that we love and naturally, we want to use it in our video because it’s just right. But to do that, you need the right permission. When you use copyrighted music without permission to do so on your YouTube videos, you’ll notice that very quickly, you’ll receive a YouTube content ID claim. But what is YouTube Content ID? And how can you protect against this from happening on your own YouTube videos? Today, we’ll take a look at all of this ..read more
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The Essentials of Popular Music Licensing for Film
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by Musicbed
2M ago
Music licensing in films is essential for two reasons. First of all it protects you, the filmmaker, from any potential legal harm. Secondly, it’s correctly rewarding and acknowledging music artists for their hard work. On the other hand, if you don’t understand the business of music rights clearance, you may well open yourself up to legal damages, as well as a loss of reputation and connections. Of course, in order to acquire popular songs and well-known music, you’ll need a good budget, as well as some basic knowledge of how to get music rights and the landscape of music licensing fees. Alter ..read more
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What Music License Do I Need for My Video or Film Project?
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by Musicbed
2M ago
TLDR:  Music plays a pivotal role in filmmaking, shaping both emotional and narrative impact. Understanding music licensing is important for any filmmaker wishing to save themselves crucial time and energy. Depending on the type of project you’re working on, the distribution channels and the potential for future success, you’re going to need a specific music license. One of the key things to consider is the future expansion of your project and how that may change the music license requirements. Picking the right music for your film is a crucial part of the filmmaking process. However, i ..read more
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Why Do Music Licenses Matter?
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by Musicbed
2M ago
If you’re a filmmaker, videographer or any sort of creator involved with the moving image, then the chances are you’ve encountered music licensing at some point or another. Without music, our films and videos simply aren’t finished – they don’t have anywhere near the same impact. But of course, we can’t just pick a music track we like and use it in our edit. We need permission and the rights to do so.  When an artist grants permission for others to use their music in media and performances (including films, TV shows, commercials, video games, streaming, live performances), this is music l ..read more
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