Before you can start editing MusicBrainz, you must create an account. First of all, click Create Account on the upper right corner of the site.
Note: We're talking about the main MusicBrainz site (http://musicbrainz.org), not this wiki.
This will take you to a page with a simple form:
Just enter your desired username and password, and an email address. The mail will be used to send you any notes and comments about your edits, so please choose an address that you will actually check! As the account creation page says, taking a look at the Code of Conduct before starting editing is recommended. Once you press the Create Account button, you'll be sent a verification mail:
Just click on the link to verify your account (if you don't get this mail, and it is not in your spam folder either, mail to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll try to find out what went wrong)
If you check your profile page now, you'll see that you have a verified mail (don't worry, the address is only shown to you unless you decide to change that) and that you're a "Limited User":
That means that for a while (until two weeks pass and you have 10 accepted edits) you won't be able to do a few things, like voting and leaving edit notes on other people's edits (you will already be able to do so for your own, and you should do so! See How to Write Edit Notes). But most of the potential of MusicBrainz will be open for you from the start.
You can now edit your profile if you want to make some more information about you available to other users, like your country of residence, your age, or the languages you speak. The last one is particularly useful, since for example knowing that your level of French is basic to none allows other users to know what to expect if you make some mistakes adding a French album (and they'll probably just fix it themselves instead of nitpicking). But none of this information is mandatory - share only what you're comfortable with sharing.
Also, you might have noticed there's a placeholder avatar on your profile. MusicBrainz uses Gravatar for user images. If you want to allow showing your Gravatar image on your profile and by your edits, you can do that under Privacy in the Preferences menu.
Remember that what you have just created is not an artist page, but an user profile. For adding an actual artist to MusicBrainz, go ahead and check How to Add an Artist! For other basic ways of contributing new data, see How to Add Relationships and How to Add a Release - or check any of the other how-to links from the navigation box.
|Introductory guides||Beginners Guide · How to Create an Account · Introduction to Editing · Introduction to Voting · How to Write Edit Notes|
|Basic How-Tos||How to Add an Artist · How to Add Relationships · How to Use the Relationship Editor · How to Add a Release · How to Use Works · How to Add an Event · How to Add a Place|
|Specific How-Tos||How to Merge Releases · How to Add Cover Art · How to Identify Labels · How to Split Artists · How to Use Artist Credits · How to Add Standalone Recordings · How to Add Disc IDs · How to work with AcoustIDs · How to Tag Files With Picard|