Music is something that I'm currently having an issue with even as a lay Buddhist as it is and always has been my true passion in life. I couldn't imagine not playing and enjoying it, though, through my study of the Dhamma, I have gotten a pretty good idea of music's effect on my progress. Although not a distraction during meditation, in the remainder of my day, it plays as a constant background in the way of mindfulness. It is the only thing that makes me question this path I'm on and it is quite discouraging to me. If my situation hadn't been improved so dramatically by Dhamma study and adhering to the precepts, I might consider going elsewhere. Hopefully, all of us established artists can find a middle way that still allows for mindfulness and peace.
Metta to All