No one knows for certain how artists will survive the relentless climate of the digital age. Many areas where the rivers of nickels once flowed are now streams of fractions of pennies. People are simply accustomed to free music now- legal or otherwise. Unfortunately, free music does not pay for instrument repair, mortgage, rent, production costs, or health insurance. This laundry list may not impact life as a student, but within days of graduation the realities of life dictate that students find a way to earn a living too.