Definition of Tribute

What is “tribute”?

tribute (from Latin tribute) is a obligatory and coercive monetary benefit that a political authority (generally the State) demands from a population through a collection and administrative system, within the framework of a legal obligation in order to raise funds to sustain public spending.

(The tribute is a mandatory and coercive monetary benefit)

The tribute is supported by the public Lawwhich stipulates and regulates the form of the monetary benefit that must be given between the one who receives the tribute and the taxpayer.


  1. types of taxes
  2. tribute in art

types of taxes

There are different forms of tax, which may vary depending on the taxpayer in question. Are they taxes, that are claimed without having a direct link with the consideration of a service; the rates, that are claimed about the provision of a service or the use of a property; the special contributions, from the performance of public works; the contributions to social securityamong other.

Another sense of the term tribute consists of some form of homage to a person or group for their political, scientific, artistic, social, sporting or other achievements. In the artistic field, especially, tributes are common as an indication of the position that an artist has reached, becoming a reference for others.

tribute in art

In the arts environment, tributes are common within the same artistic community, to celebrate the achievements of an actor or actress who has achieved great renown or has a long career behind them.

In recent decades this type of tribute has become more common, especially in the large cultural industries of mass cinema, the tribute generally being a televised show for charity or marketing.

In the musical environment, tribute bands are musical bands that are formed with the intention of pay homage to a prestigious musician or band, interpreting their songs and reproducing their aesthetics.

While some tribute bands they try to reproduce the artist’s original music as accurately as possible, copying every visual, sound and aesthetic element, others take the original artist’s music, adding their own touches, modernizing the sound and developing a new aesthetic.

The versions (or covers) they are a very common form of tributewhich consists of a new interpretation of a song previously recorded by another artist. The same song can be covered many timesrenewing the musical style but maintaining the spirit of the original song.

Covers are usually made of songs that have become very popular with the public, not only as a tribute to the original artist, but as a way to increase their own success and have a greater presence in the music market. On certain occasions, the song becomes more popular in its version than in the original modality performed by its author.


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