Celebrated on Oct. 1 each year, International Music Day was commemorated on a recent issue from the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA).
The UNPA issued three mini-sheets of 12 stamps to mark the musical celebration earlier this month. The stamps, which feature brass and woodwinds; strings; and percussion, were designed by UNPA Art Director Sergio Baradat.
International Music Day was established in 1975 by the International Music Council, which was founded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1949. Music is essential to many of our lives and is a powerful platform that brings people together across cultures. The main objectives of the day are to celebrate the importance of music and musicians worldwide and to promote its value in society by building peace and understanding through a common language.
Other aims of International Music Day include:
- the promotion of musical art among all sections of society;
- the application of the UNESCO ideals of peace and friendship between peoples, of the evolution of their cultures, of the exchange of experience and of the mutual appreciation of their aesthetic values; and
- the promotion of the activities of the International Music Council, its international member organizations end national committees as well as its programme policy in general.
Date of issue: Oct. 1
Designer: Sergio Baradat
Stamp size: 40 mm by 30 mm
Sheet size: 140 mm by 170 mm
Stamps per sheet: 12
Printer: Royal Joh. Enschedé (The Netherlands)
Process: Offset lithography plus Hexachrome
Perforation: 14 by 13.25
Brass and Woodwinds – $0.50 18,000 sheets (218,000 stamps)
Strings – CHF 1.00 19,000 sheets (228,000 stamps)
Percussion – € 0.80 24,000 sheets (288,000 stamps)