I used to run a music label and here's some numbers from 2012 to 2016:

Within my county, pay for 1h of live music dropped from ~$30/h to ~$6/h.

Average pay per streamed song dropped $0.03 cents to $0.007

Cost to belong to proper songwriting and such unions went up from $160/yr to $780/yr

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Note that over this period, online piracy plummeted and subscriptions to streaming services rose dramatically.

Don't assume not pirating has improved things for musicians.

Hey, if you're a largely self-taught artist and you struggle sometimes with colors and shading, here's a couple tips for metal:

- never use pure greys. Slight blue tints give it that really shiny chrome/silver/steel look you're probably trying to get with grey
- don't be afraid of contrast and sharp edges. Even a perfect metallic sphere looks best with the highlights cleanly defined
- instead of using shadows for contrast, use a darker base tone and more highlights

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