Expressed as a percentage of people making noise, very nearly no-one makes any money - less since records can't be relied upon.
Some people move themselves cleverly and get bits of funding or charge a lot for tours. Some people have careers and do noise as a sideline. Some of them get old enough and notorious enough to charge well. There's a few people in the Free Improv scene (different, I know) who have alarmingly lucrative day careers meaning a money-haemorrhaging trip overseas isn't so much of a problem.
Essentially, the thing to always remember is that musicians as a whole are most likely to be destitute from music (unless they teach music or are very lucky), and they can't rely upon CD sales any more which makes anyone downloading things a total cunt.
Message boards are the last vestige of the spent masturbator, still intent on wasting time in some neg-heroic fashion. Be damned all who sail here.
Originally Posted by Savage Clone
Last time I was in Chicago I spent an hour in a Nazi submarine with a banjo player.