What if the purpose of music was to say something meaningful to your audience, instead of being just a vehicle to make money? Sure, it would be nice to afford to do it full time and make a decent living from it, but do painters? Not very often.
While making money from music has become harder and harder, making the music has become easier and cheaper. Nowadays, you can make excellent finished works with little more than a decent laptop, some software, a nice mic or two and a decent audio interface.
Maybe the way to get some “return” out of your music is to contribute to the collective consciousness and reach out and touch other human beings with the sentiments and emotional content of your work. Maybe that’s when enough people will notice and begin to send money to you. And if they don’t, isn’t saying something worth saying and having other people respond, enough?
Just a thought.