Indiana is a great place to live for a music nerd. Perhaps Muncie isn't (I know this is where you lived), but Indianapolis and Bloomington are exceptional and NWI (Grown Ups, Like Bats, Away With Vega (a band that would without a doubt be on Run For Cover if they were still around today), Lion of the North, Rodeo Ruby Love, etc...) and other scattered spots (Grey Gordon, The Wickerwolves, and Parasitic Twins in Fort Wayne and In The Face of War from Kokomo) have had/currently have some nice things going on as well.
Indianapolis has had solid shows for the past decade since I've been going spanning multiple genres. You say there is no semblance of a music scene, but I can tell you that you are totally wrong. The DIY pop punk/hardcore/emo scenes have been strong here for some time at venues of the past like the dojo (1 and 2), the ESJ, and the 1511 and halloween houses, and currently at the hoosier dome. There also is never a shortage of shows at bigger venues.. Indianapolis has also produced plenty of solid bands in the past decade, though admittedly most of them come and go and do not last long, but I will simply name one: Margot and the Nuclear So and So's. I wont even go into Bloomington, but just know there have been plenty of bands like husband&wife from there worth mentioning and during the four years I spent there the music scene was very much alive.
I'm sorry that you lived in Muncie where nothing was happening. If you had lived in Indy or Bloomington I think you'd have a much different outlook on the music scene in Indiana...
Edit: just read the comments. Still disagree about no one giving a shit and it not thriving. Maybe we are talking about different times, I can't speak a ton on 01-04, but more 06-now
it's funny what you mentioned in your edit, because I lived in Indy (or moreso went to high school in Indy) from 01-04 and then I was in Muncie for the next 5 years, so that's probably why my view is skewed to the way I have it. If I would have known more people like you during those five years maybe my views would have been different haha
Nuclear So and So's are the shit of course