So I've been thinking some more about community type ideas. It kind of tough to articulate, but here we go.
Start out creating a community of artists. Provide services such as blogs, web hosting, file distribution, message boards, etc... for free as a way to build up a community of contributing artists. It sort of reminds me of MP3.com. I need to do some post-mortem research into how MP3.com failed.
So, contributors get free access to these utilities, and consumers, pay for access to the utilities. We use the revenue from the consumers, to compensate the contributors.
This would incentivise the contributors to bring in consumers, which improves the consumer's ability to take home money, and improve the size and quality of the system.
I'm not convinced this will work, but it's interesting to think about.