It’s frustrating to begin with because music, from the first time you pick up a guitar to your first world tour employing hundreds of people, is all about conservatism, or at the very least libertarianism. Think about it: you form a band. You start playing shows, making whatever money you can to buy recording studio time (or the software to D.I.Y.) to record songs. You put those songs up on your website to build a fan base, to come to your shows and spend money. You then take that money, invested it in merchandise, to make more money and to have your fans help you promote your band, which drives more people to your shows and helps you make more money.