Industry frictions

Total music revenues, including on-demand streams, CD sales, radio play, live events, and advertising, have risen to about $43 billion a year. Of that, artists only take home $5 billion, or less than 20%.
The music business is still primarily operating on the systems created decades ago when songs were sold in stores and owned in homes, not licensed and leased via the Internet. Centralised social platforms became the dominant way for creators and fans to connect and used their power to become the new intermediaries, inserting ads and algorithmic recommendations between creators and users while keeping most of the revenue for themselves.
“To be a successful creator, you don’t need millions. You don’t need millions of dollars or millions of customers, millions of clients or millions of fans. To make a living as a craftsperson, photographer, musician, designer, author, animator, app maker, entrepreneur, or inventor, you need only thousands of true fans.” Kevin Kelly - 1,000 True Fan