Rising Singer-Songwriter Recognized for her Ongoing Support of Music Education
Tenn. – (Wednesday, June 19, 2013) – The National Association for Music
Education (NAfME) has named country music artist 
Sarah Darling a recipient of its “Stand for Music” Award, in recognition of her dedication to and support of music education.

The award will be presented to Darling on Saturday, June 29, 2013 in Washington, D.C. by NAfME President and Board Chair 
Nancy Ditmer, as part of the association’s annual National Leadership event. 
NAfME’s executive director Michael A. Butera says, “
Sarah epitomizes the type of artist who truly understands the importance
of music education. Her formal music training started at a young age
while growing up in Mitchellville, Iowa, and her dedication to the craft
of songwriting in particular has brought her significant recognition in
the country music industry and beyond. NAfME is pleased to present
Sarah with our ‘Stand for Music’ award for 2013. Our members – America’s
music teachers – greatly appreciate her assistance in raising awareness
among our elected leaders about how music education orchestrates
success, both in school and beyond.”

While in the nation’s capital to receive the award,  Darling will meet
with legislative representatives and staff members from Tennessee and
her home state of Iowa to discuss the importance of preserving music
education in public schools nationwide.  She will also perform later for
NAfME state affiliate leaders at an acoustic concert. 
Since debuting at the historic Grand Ole Opry® in 2011 where she was introduced by country legend, Vince Gill, Darling has been honored with the invitation to perform there over 35 times. Also featured on 
 , FOX & Friends, ABC’s The Bachelor, CNN and many more, Darling is c
urrently celebrating the release of her summertime single, “Little Umbrellas,” that’s now available for download on iTunes. She 
will perform several dates this summer as both a headlining act and opener for country music superstar, 
Alan Jackson.
For more information on Sarah Darling, visit  
For more information on the NAfME, contact Nelson Duffle, at 
(800) 336-3768 or 
About The National Association for Music Education: 

The National Association for Music Education is among the world’s
largest arts education organizations and is the only association that
addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local,
state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents,
and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a
variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association
orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has
supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a

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