"With the climate of music changing so drastically due to the digital age, the opportunity to create freely as a professional is becoming more and more challenging," Ms. Johnson said.
"Honestly, without songwriters, music would cease to exist," she said. "Your favorite artists would have nothing to sing [and] fans would have nothing to stream. There would be no venues with live performances and no music on radio stations. Imagine that — a world without music. That's not a world I want to be a part of."