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I'm not a cataloger, but yes, a "musical group" would be a corporate name.  However, what do you mean when you say that this is not always the case for your records?  If the ensemble itself doesn't have a "name", I would presume that you could still bundle EAC personal name records for such an entity.

In any event, here's an example:

Corporate name:    http://viaf.org/viaf/124760970/#Magic_Band   (normally these names are constructed like so, however, "U.S. Maple (Musical group)", as in VIAF ID:168036859)
Personal name (in that group):    http://viaf.org/viaf/117619223/#Captain_Beefheart  OR  http://viaf.org/viaf/40178315/#Van_Vliet,_Don,_1941-2010

Does that help at all?  You can always use things like the Library of Congress Name Authority File, VIAF, Getty Union List of Artist Names, etc., etc., to see if the names you're working with have already been authorized by some group.

Mark





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From: Encoded Archival Description List [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Nick Sincaglia [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2011 1:26 PM
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Subject: Musical Groups

I select EAC-CPF as my data model to allow me to capture information about
musicians and musical groups because of its ability to capture many
different versions of a name and its ability to capture changes in a name
over time.

I want to make sure I am using the data model as its design intended it to
be used. The entityType element has 3 enumerations (person, family,
corporation). In the case of a musical group or ensemble, what entityType
would this be considered? I am leaning towards corporation but this is not
always the case. I did not find any real guidance in the EAC-CPF
documentation for this scenario. I was wondering how others had handled this
situation.

http://www3.iath.virginia.edu/eac/cpf/tagLibrary/cpfTagLibrary.html#d1e2773

Thanks,

Nick