Darling honored by NAfME music education leaders at 2013 National Leadership Assembly in Washington, D.C.
TYSONS CORNER, VA. (Saturday, June 29, 2013) — Nashville recording artist Sarah Darling
 was presented with the “Stand For Music” Award tonight by the National
Association for Music Education (NAfME) at their 2013 National
Leadership Assembly in Washington, D.C. for her commitment to helping to
preserve music in our nation’s public schools. Darling met with
legislative representatives and staff members from her home states of
Tennessee and Iowa on Capitol Hill yesterday in hopes of encouraging
them to back legislature that keeps music and arts a priority in public
school curriculums. 
NAfME President Nancy Ditmer
 presented the award saying, “The ‘Stand For Music’ Award is not given
every year, because there’s no guarantee that in each 365 day period,
there will be a worthy individual. Toting with her the same leave
behinds, “Share Your Story” books and legislative requests as the rest
of us, Sarah made her way up to Capitol Hill, took on a full slate of
visits, and made our case for the success of America’s schools.
a time when celebrities and politicians say all the right things but
often do not back up their words with actions, Sarah Darling is a
wonderful exception. So thank you Sarah. Your assistance will help
ensure our next generation will have the same opportunities that you had
to develop the diverse array of skills that we know only music
education can provide.”
the age of four, Darling aspired to sing country music. She credits
those supportive educators in her life that helped nurture that dream
through her most vulnerable years. 
don’t know if I would have had the courage and belief in myself to
truly chase after this dream if it weren’t for my pre-school teacher,

Sherry Vanderploeg
 and middle school music teacher Stephanie Rumple.
They saw my passion for music and honed my talent, giving me the most
incredible gift and chance for success in all aspects of my life,” she
believe it is so important for our nation’s leaders to understand the
immense benefit music education has in young people’s lives — no matter
what career they pursue. Music entertains, inspires and heals. I’m
honored the NAfME has given me the chance to be heard.”

Currently promoting her latest single, “Little Umbrellas,” (now available on iTunes), country music fans can tune in on Monday, July 1 at 12 p.m. EDT to the homepage of for the online exclusive World Premiere of the song’s new music video.

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