I used to cry about not making it in the music industry despite all the learning, songwriting, traveling, etc I did. Over time, I realized "making it" might actually be a curse for the very reasons cited in this article. I lost my voice suddenly last year and hence lost my ability to perform or get public speaking gigs and have been paying major bucks to get it back. But when I do, I know it will be to sing either for no compensation, a free meal at whatever restaurant, or for tips. Ditto for speaking gigs but that's beside the point. I have a good day job and do not rely on my music to cover my basic needs, unlike many other local artists. Nobody wants to pay the musician, indeed. I always loved the chance to simply perform, however part of me was always surprised at how club and restaurant owners, parks and rec people, etc, assume we are okay with no pay. Whenever I read memoirs of musicians I love (Pat Benetar, Duff Mckagan, Fleetwood Mac, etc) I get the same vibe: the corporate world took them all for a ride and stole from them. It's a shame.