Artist

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An artist is generally a musician, group of musicians, or other music professional (like a producer or engineer). Occasionally, it can also be a non-musical person (like a photographer, an illustrator, or a poet whose writings are set to music), or even a fictional character. For some other special cases, see special purpose artists.

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Examples

Style guidelines

Please see the guidelines for artists.

Artist properties

Name

The official name of an artist, be it a person or a band.

Sort name

The sort name is a variant of the artist name which would be used when sorting artists by name, such as in record shops or libraries. Among other things, sort names help to ensure that all the artists that start with "The" don't end up up under "T". The guidelines for sort names are the best place to check for more specific usage info.

Type

The type is used to state whether an artist is a person, a group, or something else. For more about types check the artist type documentation.

Gender

The gender is used to explicitly state whether a person or character identifies as male, female or neither. Groups do not have genders.

Area

The artist area, as the name suggests, indicates the area with which an artist is primarily identified with. It is often, but not always, its birth/formation country.

Begin and end dates

See the page about dates for more information.

IPI code

An IPI (interested party information) code is an identifying number assigned by the CISAC database for musical rights management. See IPI for more information, including how to find these codes.

Alias

Aliases are used to store alternate names or misspellings. For more information and examples, see the page about aliases.

MBID

See the page about MBIDs for more information.

Disambiguation comment

See the page about comments for more information.

Annotation

See the page about annotations for more information.

Additional information

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