If you've never heard of Film + Music before, the website is a collection of conversations, guides, and images providing inspiration to filmmakers, artists, and musicians as they create meaningful content and tell impactful stories. For their first issue, Musicbed and Filmsupply have bound some of their most popular articles from the past year, including interviews with the likes of directors Elliot Rausch and Lenore Dekoven, as well as helpful posts about how to approach filmmaking as an art form.

But the heart of Film + Music is -- well -- heart. The magazine takes a closer look at what it means to be a filmmaker on an emotional level through stories and interviews that answer questions like: "How do other filmmakers deal with failure? How do I balance my work and family life? Are other artists feeling the way I feel?" One article in particular exemplifies this, an interview with filmmaker Reed Morano in which she answers a lot of these kinds of questions. Thoughtful and engaging, the piece reveals that although no one takes the same road toward success (or failure), the emotional tolls, the trials and frustration are many times the same. But Film + Music doesn't just exist to be relatable to fellow creatives; they want to offer them inspiration. In the Morano piece, she offers a great piece of advice, "If you decide you want to be something, you have to jump in with both feet."

We got the chance to talk with CEO Daniel McCarthy about the inspiration behind launching Film + Music Magazine:


Everyone who works at The Music Bed is a creative in some way -- photographer, filmmaker, musician. [Film + Music Magazine] is something we all wish we did for ourselves. That's kind of what it was born out of -- to be a source of inspiration for creatives. 

When we originally started, we had this thing that we called The Music Bed Community, and really it was just our blog, but it was just us talking to all of our friends in the industry, artists in the industry, filmmakers that we respected. For me, it was just, "Here's what I struggle with most: dealing with failure, dealing with the vulnerability that comes with being an artist, getting your art out, how do I get my mind right to take the next step in my career?" It was always wrapped around why we do what we do.

Think about the kinds of questions you would ask the 75-year-old director who's won a ton of awards and made a ton of movies you respect, and you just get 30 minutes to hang out with them and have coffee.




Each 100-page issue consists of not only the content from the Film + Music website, but exclusive material you can only get through the print publication as well.

Musicbed is offering this first issue free to the first 100 NFS readers who sign up using discount code NFS100. This edition is in limited supply, so to get yours, head over to Film + Music, complete the subscription process and add the code at checkout. 

Source: Film + Music