Career in music is damaging to mental health, new study finds
Music Schools / Depts need to stop the facade & be more honest about the dwindling opportunities and perhaps develop a system to where the music degree is a minor so that the student can pursue a sustainable career.
Unless one is a music ed major, and also has gigs all year round , majoring in the Fine Arts is almost on the level of studying basket weaving.
I wasted most of my life making a grave career choice error by hedging on a profession since 1988 that is now a scorched earth, and now am happy in my 3rd year in an unrelated field while gigging part time as Im honing my skills in the other trade to be worth more.
Alot of people make the argument that one has to adapt and overcome, which is definitely true in a very very general sense. However, the article link above points out the more specific concrete real life stuff which indicates that there are a lot of things to beat one's head against the wall on to where the time investment to overcome those hurdles towards a barely sustainable career greatly outweighs the time towards pursuing other professions that are more sustainable.
Otherwise its just self imposed torture pursuing a music career these days to where its alot easier to be suicidal and question one's existence if attempted.
To go further, heres a very sobering message from John McLaughlin, one of music history's innovators , who pretty much sums up why musicians these days need other careers.
When he cant even get a récord deal and has to pay for his own tour support out of pocket and barely break even on record sales, what chances does anyone have?
When he says to get the government involved, you know the whole thing is royally f-d without the Astro Glide