If you give your music away, do so in an intelligent way.
How can you monetize your music without making people pay? Youtube.
Regular uploads, collaborations with bigger channels, clever marketing. The best thing about Youtube is you can build a LOYAL fanbase, they'll back you up so long as you're reliable and create a sense of community.
I've got 1140 ish subscribers right now, 40k+ views and I've made about $100 just from that. (I've made a few thousands from scoring and production jobs though)