"Touring is, of course, the most ancient business model available to artists," says Mike Errio, a writer, recording artist and professor of songwriting at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. "And in many ways, it remains a vital part of their livelihood, even while the surrounding industry undergoes major upheaval to accommodate the new paradigm of streaming music."
Bands like Nashville's Diarrhea Planet, pictured above at Music Hall of Williamsburg, subsist almost entirely on touring revenue. It's not an easy path. Errico discusses the difficulties and risks of life on the road in his recent op-ed: "Touring Can't Save Musicians in the Age of Spotify," Read it over at New York Times Magazine.