There are databases containing information about artists, registration databases for artwork and databases of work for musicians, writers and other artists. One such database is Ask Art, which provides information on more than 300,000 artists.
AskArt offers free searches of these artists using a search engine on the main page. However, more detailed information about auction records and art for sale is only available to paying subscribers.
The National Fine Arts Title Registry offers artists and owners of art the chance to register their work as a form of validation. Those interested in buying a registered piece can look up the registration information to help confirm the history of the artwork.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is an organization representing these artists. Members are registered and their information is searchable on the organization's website.