I'm building the interface for a music application and you can sort by songs, albums, artists, etc. I have icons for all of these, but I'm currently using a generic "person" icon for artists/musicians. What icon can be used to represent "music artist"?
I've seen this represented by an outline of an artist holding a mic. Depending on what your userbase will be like, you could have more fun with it, like maybe an outline of someone holding a guitar, a concert pianist, etc.
You could somehow add a microphone to the icon, or notes maybe a portion of a music score.
Use of 2 different icon for musician and music artist will be a good option, you can design something like this.
You can use this for inspiration: http://thenounproject.com/search/?q=musician
One of my favourite icon collections website =)
They have huge amount of ideas for different icons =)