Last year there’s been some discussion here about mass data entries & tactics to add artists at MB with little hassle and no quality-control, solely in order to be usable at setlist.fm. That’s led to a certain amount of ‘clutter’ data, of which many entries are still floating around in these regions.
Over the time, editor @dirkvandamme, who’s also a moderator at setlist.fm, has been adding not only actual bands & musicians, but also theatre and choreography companies, actors & writers, sometimes other (mostly Belgian) celebrities too. This in order to add non-music events (lectures, theatre performances etc) at setlist.fm.
I asked him about this, see Edit #93015140
…So according to him, the setlist.fm scope is wider than music only. Recently or since long, I do not know - officially it appears to be still music only. Yet their data logic still requires any event performer to have a MusicBrainz counterpart.
Personally I think if the setlist.fm scope is indeed wider than music/concerts only, it’s insane they stick to the obligatory MusicBrainz artist entry. Setlist.fm could perfectly swap it for a Wikidata identifier, or no external entity required at all.
The way I read it, adding non-musical artists at MusicBrainz is only intended for entities with a clear link to a music production (artwork, liner notes etc).
Coming across more-than-marginal numbers of non-musical entities, otherwise entirely pointless within this database’s logic bugs me, it’s the truth. Could be an autistic characteristic of mine, that’s why I’d like to get some feedback from here. If I’m the only one to make a ‘thing’ of this I’ll willfully accept it and just go sob in a corner somewhere, no problemo!