I'll say it again; if you are selling your songs and expecting a profit, you are WRONG!
Doing the same thing over and over and expecting some different outcome is well...you fill in the blank.
Forget the damn industry. If you operate within the bounds of the industry business model you are and will be f**ked.
Operate on a level playing field with the internet and replace the industry model.
1. Give your music away, it's the best way to stay in peoples minds and on their players. Obviously jingle writers can't but that's a direct market with fewer middlemen. Not music anyway, it's jingles.
2. Sell your performances. Book the hell out of yourself, play where it pays.
All this is very basic and I have a much more detailed outline on how to be a musician, make money, spread your fame and help kill the music industry.
We really DON'T need middlemen to choose the music we hear, promote random artists in spite of lack of talent, create a model that excludes non-signed artists, legislate our freedoms away, tie up our courts and attack people for sharing music which has no business being copyrighted to begin with.
Be your own "music industry", spread the work between band, friends and family.
Forget what you know, we make the future.