"Performing arts" seems to imply the more high-brow, classical arts, such as ballet, piano concerts, etc. Or even mime.

"Show business" feels like an antiquated/outdated term, calling to mind Irving Berlin and Ethel Merman (a la "There's no business like show business...").

"Entertainment industry" seems like today's term for show business. Perhaps you could use "Show business" for older material and "Entertainment industry" for more modern material.

My 2 cents, anyhow!

On Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 12:24 PM, Michael Borries <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

This may not be quite the correct forum, and if it isn’t, my apologies.  I was looking for the heading “Entertainment industry” in LCSH.  There is no such heading, not even as a cross reference.  There is a heading “Performing arts,” with the cross reference “Show business.”  “Show business” is considered by Wikipedia as an alternate term for “Entertainment industry.”


So, my question is, for the purposes of the catalog, do we consider “Performing arts,” “Show business,” and “Entertainment industry” to be equivalent terms, and should “Entertainment industry” be a see reference on the record for “Performing arts”?


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