Artists are persons who engage in an activity deemed to be an art. The term is often used in the entertainment business, especially in a business context, for musicians, actors and other performers. They express themselves through a medium. They are usually creative or innovative in an artistic practice. They use imagination, talent, or skill to create works that may have an aesthetic value.
The following is an example of a state statute (California) defining the term ‘Artists’:
"Artists" means actors and actresses rendering services on the legitimate stage and in the production of motion pictures, radio artists, musical artists, musical organizations, directors of legitimate stage, motion picture and radio productions, musical directors, writers, cinematographers, composers, lyricists, arrangers, models, and other artists and persons rendering professional services in motion picture, theatrical, radio, television and other entertainment enterprises.[Cal Lab Code § 1700.4.(b)]