*steps onto soapbox* Having been an amateur musician for the better part of 20 years (ref: always kept a day job), the immortal words of Hunter S. Thompson come to mind:
The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.
Let the media dictate it's worth in the eye of the beholder!
Ok, there I said it *steps off soapbox*