Years ago I floated the idea of establishing Entertainment industry as a subject.  I was told that a proposal would have to include a list of records that would require BFM if the heading were established.  That could run into thousands, so I was advised to let it be.

There are many industries that fall under the umbrella of the entertainment industry, not just performing arts.  So in effect it’s a broader term, but it can’t be used because it’s not established.



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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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