Stephen Covell Posted about 3 years ago Is this the best time in history to be a musician? In response to Steve Rosos, it should be noted that Beethoven was well compensated for his work not only by its publication but also by contributions from wealthy aristocratic patrons... so it's not like he was doing it just out the the kindness of his genius :) Also I don't see why it should make your blood boil to think that creative property has value. I'm not saying that value should be ridiculously inflated but I don't think it's unreasonable to try and convince those who consume music that it should be paid for. Music, film, and TV shows suffer currently from being easily copied and distributed which has in the minds of many, diminished their value. It's seen as a victimless act to download these files and enjoy what's taken years to create without giving anything back. I agree that if you factor in profit to your creative process you should probably find another line of work but artists have to eat too. In an ideal situation you could share your gifts with the world and not have to worry about bills and rent but we've not reached that point yet so I suppose my next question is; is there a way to help reeducate the public to hold the arts in a higher regard or are we just going to have to let talent speak for itself? Will the shining stars shine regardless? I'd like to think so.