STYLE-635 requested to add a founder attribute for conductors, to be able to indicate they founded an orchestra or ensemble. When discussing it we realised ensembles are also founded by non-conductors sometimes, so we should have a more general way to indicate it - that’d be STYLE-644:
We have a way to indicate who were the founding (original) members of a group, but we don’t have a way to specify who was the founder of the group (the person who specifically decided to found a group and auditioned for members, etc). There are at least two cases where this is very common, and where the founder is often not a member of the group as such: boy/girl bands (where the founder is often a producer or executive), and classical ensembles and orchestras (where the founder is often a conductor or composer). We should add a relationship to allow linking such people to the groups.
Any issues with this as a concept? This info is often very clearly indicated for classical music - I’m not sure how clear and available it is for pop.
It might make sense to also extend this relationship to labels, for bands founded by a label.
Any other entities that might often found groups? I can’t think of any but I might be forgetting something.
We might also want to rename “founding member” to “original member” to avoid confusion.
I’ve always read “founding” as the equivalent of “original” here, and from the history it was the actual intention as well when adding it, but it seems like it has confused people before. If we’re adding a specific relationship for founders, should we also rename “founding” member to “original”?