Relationship Types / Artist-Work / Writer


This relationship is used to link a work to the artist responsible for writing the music and/or the words (lyrics, libretto, etc.), when no more specific information is available. If possible, the more specific composer, lyricist and/or librettist types should be used, rather than this relationship type.

ID: 167
Cardinality of {entity0}: Many relationships (1)
Cardinality of {entity1}: Few relationships (0)
Orderable direction: None (0)
UUID: a255bca1-b157-4518-9108-7b147dc3fc68

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The following attributes can be used with this relationship type:


This attribute describes if a particular role was considered normal or additional.

start date

end date


In many cases, the composer, lyricist and/or librettist relationship types should be used, even if the liner notes say this work was "written by" the artist, since we prefer specific relationship types.

For example, even if a release credits Just Like a Woman as "written by Bob Dylan", since he's the only writer, we can enter him as both composer and lyricist. Similarly, if a release credits a work without lyrics as "written by", it's generally safe to use "composed" instead.

For literary works, "written by" should be used, since there isn't a more specific relationship type for the author of a novel.


Keith Richards (Rolling Stones guitarist) wrote You Got Me Rocking

Charles Dickens (English novelist) wrote David Copperfield