"Without music," author Pat Conroy writes, "life is a journey through a desert." Thankfully, for the modern sojourner, the desert is in full bloom - music is everywhere. Whether hiking in the woods or stuck in traffic, one need only press a button to be enveloped by music. Today, consumers have access to a truly staggering amount of recorded music, and unlimited choice as to when, where, and how it can be experienced - factors which have increased the demand for music, and turned it into a multi-billion dollar global industry. But while the industry as a whole has benefitted from music's phenomenal growth, recording artists - the individuals who contribute most significantly to this melodic wellspring - have not received an equitable share of the proceeds, especially revenue generated from the public performance of music.