International Music Day

Today marks the 45th International Music Day!

International Music Day is celebrated on 1 October each year. The day was established in 1975 by the International Music Council (IMC), which was founded by 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.


International Music Day was initiated in 1975 by Lord Yehudi Menuhin to encourage:

  • the promotion of our 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
  • the promotion of the activities of IMC, its international member organizations and national committees, as well as its programme policy in general.

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