This article by Daniel Wakin from The New York Times highlights a strike by the musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra. The following sentences drill down to the main point-
"In Cleveland, the fight revolves around several thousand dollars a year in salary for each player. But implicit is a debate over the worth of exquisitely trained musical artists in our society and how much we are now willing to pay for them."
As all artists move into the world of easy distribution and expectations of cheap or free content everywhere, our society really needs to answer this question.