Hi, and welcome to MusicBrainz! This page is intended to give you a few starting points to edit MusicBrainz, whether you're an artist or a user of the BBC Music site. Please read it (and any other guides relevant to what you want to do) before starting to edit. If after reading you're still stuck, then contact us so we can help you and hopefully make the guides more useful for other users.
What is MusicBrainz?
MusicBrainz is a community-maintained open source encyclopedia of music information. Data in MusicBrainz can be edited by anyone, so artists and fans can fix and extend the information. Note that unlike Wikipedia, changes to the data don't usually apply automatically, but have to be voted on.
How does the BBC use MusicBrainz's data?
The BBC uses the MusicBrainz database as the backbone of their artist pages (eg. the artist page for Kraftwerk), which are displayed for artists previously played by the BBC. An artist must exist in the MusicBrainz database in order to have a BBC artist page, and this page will be systematically linked to from across bbc.co.uk wherever editorially relevant (eg. from tracklists, playlists, charts, event pages etc). Related BBC content is aggregated on each artist page, including videos, audio clips and play count information.
Creating a MusicBrainz account
First, you need to create a MusicBrainz user account. Note that MusicBrainz doesn't have any kind of special artist or corporate accounts, but if you represent a company it is recommended that you show it in your username eg. "sony_bob" or "bbc_john".
Note: You should create an account on the MusicBrainz site (http://musicbrainz.org/register), not on the wiki.
Note: Your MusicBrainz ID (MBID) can be found on the "Details" tab of your artist page.
Note: Your MusicBrainz account is not your artist page. Your artist page is created separately.
Creating a MusicBrainz artist page
Creating a new artist is simple, just follow the How to Add an Artist guide. If an existing, different artist has the same name as you, don't try to change their artist page, instead just add a new artist for you and work with that. If the BBC have automatically attributed radio plays to the wrong artist by mistake, visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/faqs to find out how to contact them.
Once the artist page has been created on MusicBrainz it may take several hours to show up on the BBC Music website and in search results.
The BBC takes most of their links for an artist from MusicBrainz. For adding a new link, follow the guide for adding URLs.
Note that the Last.fm links are automatically added by the BBC and cannot be added or modified through MusicBrainz.
Adding a biography
The BBC displays biography extracts from the Wikipedia page related to the artist in MusicBrainz. You can add the relevant Wikipedia page by following the guide for adding a URL.
Adding a photo
The BBC does not use MusicBrainz data to display the artist photo on each BBC artist page, but a combination of Getty Images, BBC copyright photos and publicity shots. Adding an image link to MusicBrainz will not add it to the BBC artist page.