Can someone from the top of their mind tell me when it became common to call musicians (music producers) 'artists'?

I'm deep into an essay by Ruben Jacobs called Everyone Is An Artist and it's quite amazing. So good to read this criticism of creative industries and 'artistic capitalism'.

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'it is not Adam Smith, the so-called founder of modern capitalism, but Rousseau who is the spiritual father of current consumer society'

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