Performing arts: Management; incorporates the business aspects of the arts adeptly.  I would think theme parks and other venues in which performing art talent is used  as niche market within it would have another descriptor.  Such as "Recreation" and Recreation: managament"   In the matter of Time Warner, Universal Studios, etc... Multimedia arts would still be performing arts and its management. 

I don't think Performing Arts is archaic...however,  I do think if something can not be described because it does not fit into the lexicon then there is reason for novation.      

Marcus Haynes

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A miss is as good as a mile.  This could describe Rudolf Bing and the Met or Joe Papp and Shakespeare in the Park in the 1960s.  It comes nowhere near describing what goes on at Disney or Time-Warner or Universal Studios or Netflix.


Chris Baer

Hagley Museum and Library


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About as close as you can come would be Performing arts--Management. Given that "Show business" is a 450 for Performing arts, that pretty well covers it, even if not quite in modern idiom.


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On Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 2:14 PM, Ann Heinrichs <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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"Show business" feels like an antiquated/outdated term, calling to mind Irving Berlin and Ethel Merman (a la "There's no business like show business...").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

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