What will it take to create the middle-class musician?

An interview by Candace Lombardi (Staff Writer, CNET News.com) with Pandora founder Tim Westergren discusses something I believe needs to be discussed a lot more. Musicians are really stuck in an all-or-nothing situation where the "Star system" makes a tiny few artists filthy-rich while the vast majority of musicians are stuck as part of the working poor. It is a matter of feast or famine, with the star system designed such that the majority are famine. While I believe dismantling the star system (and the major labels) is a necessary part of the solution, Mr. Westergren goes into far more detail about what else is needed.