THIS should be the greatest time for music in history — more of it is being found, made, distributed and listened to than ever before. That people are willing to pay for digital streaming is good news.
Everyone should be celebrating — but many of us who create, perform and record music are not. […] Obviously, the situation for less-well-known artists is much more dire. For them, making a living in this new musical landscape seems impossible. I myself am doing O.K., but my concern is for the artists coming up: How will they make a life in music?
Perhaps the biggest problem artists face today is that lack of transparency.
David Byrne discusses the opaque nature of how streaming music income is distributed.