User:Hrglgrmpf/artist type

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An "artist" is usually either a person or a group of persons. While artists in MusicBrainz are (mainly) the people responsible for creating music, they are also used in many different AdvancedRelationships, and in that context they can fulfill all kinds of roles, from producers, publishers, lyricists, conductors and many more.

To distinguish the different kinds of artists, there are different types available.

This indicates an individual person.
This indicates a group of people that may or may not have a distinctive name.
This type should be used if neither "person" nor "group" fit.
This is to be used when the type of the artist is yet to be found.

Additional information and examples

Note that for the same person, there may be several different artist entries in the database, with different artist names - this usually happens when a person uses different performance names:

The members of a group are indicated with the member of band relationship type, if the group represents a band, and the participants of a short-term collaboration are indicated with the collaboration relationship type:

In the case of a collaboration, the "members" can also be other groups. See for example:

The type of an artist can be modified by using the "Edit artist" link.

Finally, note that special purpose artists (Various Artists, Unknown Artist, No Artist, etc.), being neither groups or persons, are of type "other".