The crashing of so many big music labels has started the Indie musician's movement.
It's not really a movement, but I refer to it this way because I look at it as a way of beating the system and the big giants that used to tell music artists what to do and used to take almost all of these artists' money. They still exist, but the internet and the illegal downloading phenomenon has made them smaller and made the artists realize that maybe taking unreasonable fee on their CD is not a smart thing to do, and maybe performing more can bring them more money and also maybe, just maybe, they can record their own music and make it on their own.
The fact is that there are music editing programs that any intelligent person oriented to computers is able to work with and that you can open a recording studio in your home and even if you can't do all that, there are small recording studios that don't charge you that much.
These are some of the reasons that there are so many indie music artists out there.
These artist don't necessarily straggle on their own all the time. Music managers are still out there, searching for young talent, craving for some original, sound. But the thing with indie musicians is that they know what they are worth, and they know that if they want they can make it on their own. So they will know what to ask for and what to agree to.
Music artists in the past gave their label company all of their trust. Some of them were well taken care of and some were used. But any way you look at it, they were like children that need their parents approval for creating and performing. Today with what I've mentioned before and websites like myspace and songwriting competitions websites, these indie music artists know what they are worth and as a result from this we get more original quality music that is not twisted by music labels that think they know what's good for us and what's not.