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Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee Lists Bill Monroe for Future Postage Stamp

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Bill MonroeJames William Monroe II confirmed with Cybergrass that his grandfather made the January 7th list. The list says confidential and restricted however, a copy is available online. It also comes with a caveat that changes to the list can happen without notice. The Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee cataloged Monroe as an "approved subject" with a distribution year yet to be determined. Tagged "Music Icons: Bill Monroe", the Father of Bluegrass Music's stamp is not yet in development nor has a design been approved. Monroe is listed with other icons including Jim Morrison, Tammy Wynette, "Fats" Waller, Freddie Fender, John Lennon and others. Icons already approved include Roy Orbison and Sarah Vaughn.

The U.S. Postal Service is proud of its role in portraying the American experience to a world audience postage stamps and postal stationery. Many of the subjects chosen to appear on U.S. stamps and postal stationery are suggested by the American public. Each year, the Postal Service receives thousands of letters proposing stamp subjects. Every stamp suggestion meeting criteria is considered, regardless of who makes it or how it is presented. Jim Peva has been an active proponent for the Bill Monroe Stamp for many years now. His efforts seem to have paid off.

The Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee's primary goal is to select a good balance of subjects appealing to a broad audience for recommendation to the Postmaster General. These subjects will be contemporary, timely, relevant, interesting and educational. In addition to the Postal Service’s extensive line of mail-use stamps, approximately 25 new subjects for commemorative stamps are recommended each year. Stamp selections are made with all postal customers in mind, including stamp collectors.

The committee meets four times yearly. At these two-day meetings, the members review all eligible proposals that have been received since the previous meeting. No in-person appeals by stamp proponents are permitted. The criteria established by this independent group ensure that stamp subjects have stood the test of time, are consistent with public opinion and have broad national interest. The members also review and provide guidance on artwork and designs for stamp subjects that are scheduled to be issued.

It may be a while before we know when the stamp will be released however, getting on the list is the first big hurdle. Monroe first became eligible in 2006 for a commemorative stamp. Many letters by bluegrass fans were submitted to the committee over the years. Now, we need to keep an eye on the list and watch for further updates which will give a clue to when we can expect to see this great tribute to the master, Bill Monroe.

The committee meets four times yearly. At these two-day meetings, the members review all eligible proposals that have been received since the previous meeting. No in-person appeals by stamp proponents are permitted. The criteria established by this independent group ensure that stamp subjects have stood the test of time, are consistent with public opinion and have broad national interest. The members also review and provide guidance on artwork and designs for stamp subjects that are scheduled to be issued.

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