But we live in a capitalist society and your (and others) attitude towards artists will inevitably influence (TBH we're probably past the PONR) the entire music sector. Just as you must (if you want to be a responsible citizen, i suppose...) think about your groceries, household products (really everything!) that you purchase, so too must you think of how your purchasing affects musicians (and all the arts).
Unless of course you are excited for more Disney pop stars and less creativity/complexity in music...
I don't owe musicians anything
Just because *you* don't value your music doesn't mean that it is "their problem" as you so rudely put it. As members of a capitalist society, if we want any non-survival/necessity product to remain cared-for/value-generating then we must be diligent in providing proper valuation or risk losing it. Gov't/Corporate interests have readily shown for much of the twentieth century that valuing music (and all the entertainment industries) and musicians is an externality of lining record company execs' wallets. Musicians who try to change that are just excluded from the measly scraps leftover.
That's exactly what I'd need to do if what I did brought in no money.
Right, because the RIAA are so keen on helping musicians. This is such an out-of-touch conclusion that assumes that there is something they can do. The problem MUST be the artists are just not willing to fight for it! Right... the way Americans and the US/State governments treat unions, collective bargaining, government workers is indicative of how "that's exactly what I'd need to do" is EXACTLY what none of them can do.
But I guess everyone should just homogeneously shift into only the most efficient money-producing professions....