This is like farming during the era of the giant RailRoad Monopolies. Farm all you like, be a great farmer and make exceptional produce. Need to get that to market. No problem, we're charging 99.9 cents on the dollar. "But", the farmer says "I can't live on that...", "Not my problem." says the Railroad.
You folks talk about garage bands. That's crap. The music business today is pretty faces and prepackaged homogenized sewage. If you're an amazing artist, world class, first rate, you're still boogered if you don't fit the current recording artist mold. You only truly succeed if you have your own publishing company and you only publish if your already a success. We need a way for great artists to make a decent living, I don't mean getting stupid wealthy (unless I guess they are in that top 0.1%) but a good living, so people can be artists without having to saw off an ear from the frustration and heart break of it.
As for getting a job, most artist have day jobs, because you can't live on being an artist... you've heard the term starving artist? Most of those starving artists died poor and their art today is priceless, because our society appreciates art but raises a middle finger to artists. Artists create and the hoards of middle men buy cheap, sell, resell, re-resell and suddenly this original print is worth a million and the artist can't afford coal to keep from freezing his fingers off. This is one of the reasons we created a National Arts Foundation, to support, sustain and promote the arts. This is the failure of the for profit model. How's the quote go "What profits a man if he should gain the world and lose his soul..." We don't need art. We don't need beauty or love or compassion either. If however we choose to have these things, then we should be accountable for their existence and subsidize the process through time, labor and money to ensure their ongoing presence. Or we should not complain when these precious things go away. In the end, as always, it is our choice.