Gender, race, sexuality, and class are what people use to determine who gets to be an Artist. If a person is a rich, white, straight male then they're more acceptable when it to being an Artist. In the past, straight, white men were more dominant, which made life for them easier and leaving females look up to them. The fact that the straight white men were rich gave better chance to improve their talent by buying expensive tools and taking classes that poor straight men couldn't do.
There are many cultural stereotypes about artists that either help order people in different identity categories from doing and being called artists. One example is Graffiti Artist, which are said to be done by low class artists. Another is "good' Rap Artist, to be consider a "good" Rap Artist an individual has to be a struggling African American male that later in his life served time in prison and on his albums talk about get money and women.