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It is something artists has to deal with.

It is something artists have to deal with.

What should the auxiliary here be? The sentence has both a singular and a plural subject before the verb.

I would like to know how the proximity rule and the subject-verb agreement works in this particular case.

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It is something artists have to deal with.

"Have" is correct.

There is no need to invoke a "proximity rule". The sentence consists of two clauses. There is an optional "that":

It is something that artists have to deal with.

"Artists" is the subject of the subordinate clause.

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