Artist entry is one of the most important aspects of metadata submission.
There are two main component fields for artist entry: Artist(s) and Displayed Artist.
Enter each individual artist into separate Artist fields and ensure that you select the appropriate role for each artist. Once you enter the first, click the + Add Artist button to add rows for any additional artists.
Always keep artists separated unless it is a known and accepted compound artist (ex. Simon & Garfunkel), which can be entered in one artist field.
The Displayed Artist field is automatically generated based on what was entered in the Artist(s) field. Any artist with a Main or Featured role will be added to the Displayed Artist. Main Artist(s) will come first and Featured Artist(s) will be added to the end. Note that Displayed Artist is not delivered to all music services.
A common and correct artist setup might look like this:
How do music services receive artist information?
Music services can receive artist information in a number of different ways, and INgrooves has to intake, store and deliver it in ways that meet each music service's requirements.
Some music services prefer to receive only the information from the Artist(s) fields: each artist is separated and has a defined role. Other music services prefer to receive only the Displayed Artist field.
A large and growing set of music services prefer to receive everything (Artist, Role and Displayed Artist). This allows for maximum flexibility in how artist information is linked and displayed throughout the music service's platform.
What does it all mean for submission?
Following the guidelines above ensures that each product submission can accommodate any music service's requirements and will be displayed correctly on the service's platform.
You can think of Artist(s) fields as the separate ingredients of the artist recipe. Keep them separated and well defined, and they'll add up to create a well formed Displayed Artist. This allows our system to cover as many variations as possible.
In summary, always keep all of your artist information in Artist(s) fields and we'll take care of the rest!